Former WAPA exec Alberto Bruno-Vega dies

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The V.I. Water and Power Authority on Wednesday issued a statement mourning the death of Alberto Bruno-Vega, a former executive director for the utility.

Bruno-Vega was WAPA executive director from 1989 to 1995 and again from 2002 to 2007.

During his first tenure at WAPA, Bruno-Vega spearheaded the utility's effort to recover from Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the territory in 1989.

According to the statement, Bruno-Vega resigned from WAPA in 1995, saying that it was time for him to spend more time with his family in Puerto Rico. He was credited with transforming the efficiency and reliability of WAPA's generating, transmission and distribution systems, the statement said.

After leaving WAPA in 1995, Bruno-Vega became executive vice president for Bermudez and Longo, a mechanical and electrical contractor in Puerto Rico. Seven years later, in November 2002, WAPA's governing board recruited Bruno-Vega back to WAPA.

In his second assignment as WAPA's Chief Executive Officer, Bruno-Vega inherited a utility battling skyrocketing fuel prices and initiated the first of many efforts by WAPA to locate an alternative and renewable energy provider to reduce the cost of energy, according to the release.

In his 2007 resignation letter, Bruno-Vega said that he regarded the Virgin Islands as his "home away from home."

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