CUC board

In photo are Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member Janice Tenorio, CUC legal counsel Jose Mafnas Jr., CUC board chair Miranda Manglona, board member Jovita Paulino, CUC deputy executive director William Gilmore, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, Rep. Richard Lizama, and Public School System legal counsel Tiberius Mocanu.

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. board chair Miranda Manglona rescheduled a meeting on Monday due to a lack of quorum.

The single item on the agenda was the CUC-Public School System net metering policy memorandum of agreement.

Beside Manglona, the only board members present were Janice Tenorio and Jovita Paulino.

Absent were board members Weston Thomas Deleon Guerrero, Matthew J. Holley and Aubry M. Hocog.

The CUC board rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday, June 9.

Enacted in February 2015, Public Law 18-75 allows CUC to establish a net metering agreement with public health and education entities.

According to the law:

“The Commonwealth Legislature finds that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and the Public School System continue to struggle to pay its very exorbitant utility bills each month. At the same time, the Legislature finds that the Commonwealth government cannot afford to fully subsidize CHCC and PSS in order to satisfy their monthly utility bills.

“The Legislature finds that the only way to reduce utility costs is to utilize renewable energy sources to offset the electricity or other utility required for the operations of CHCC and PSS.

“Accordingly, the purpose of this legislation is to provide a definition for net metering and to prioritize the interconnection with net metering for health and education renewable energy capacity at CUC.”


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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