Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Whitefish Resumes Restoring Power to Puerto Rico After Payment

Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC said it resumed repairing Puerto Rico’s storm-ravaged electric grid after receiving a payment from the territory’s …

Business

If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Puerto Rico is in the midst of the worst electricity outage in U.S. history. Most of the island remains without power more than two months after Hurricane Maria hit the island.<p>Some Puerto Ricans are saying that the current crisis should be a wake-up call that the island needs to move to a less …

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Customs and Border Protection caught off-guard by travel ban

<i>Posted:</i> <i>Updated:</i><p>Updated:Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:59 PM EST2017-11-21 18:59:00 GMT<p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies responded 21 times in the …

Immigration

Contract Scandal May Say More About Puerto Rico Utility Than Trump

The executive director of Puerto Rico’s public electric utility stepped down Friday in the wake of a contract scandal that connected the embattled …

U.S. Politics

Ruined infrastructure and a refugee crisis

Two months after two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, the island nation continues to be plagued by collapsed infrastructure, widespread power failure and …

Caribbean

Head of Puerto Rico power authority quits amid row over restoration of electricity

The head of Puerto Rico’s power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday.<p>Governor Ricardo Rossello told a news conference that Ricardo Ramos had resigned as executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric …

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Puerto Rico Could Use Some More Big Government

Army engineers are working hard at hurricane cleanup. But citizens are disillusioned with Washington and San Juan.<p>You can’t blame Ana Rodriguez for feeling bitter.<p>In her hillside home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, a mountain town south of San Juan, she relies on a generator and doesn’t think she’ll have …

Business

Business recap: Week of Nov. 13

Business<p><b>The executive director</b> of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority resigned amid questions about the slow repairs more than eight weeks after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the electrical grid. PREPA head Ricardo Ramos Rodríguez had come under close questioning about a $300 million …

Richard Cordray

Mississippi company inks $1M power pole deal for Puerto Rico

A Mississippi company will provide 1,000 utility poles to the Puerto Rican national utility as part of Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.<p>The …

Business

How Have Hurricanes Harvey, Irma And Maria Impacted The Municipal Bond Market?

<i>Affected regions' long-term outlooks largely depend on initial credit conditions</i><p><i>Posted by</i> <i>Stephanie Larosiliere, Senior Client Portfolio Manager</i><i>.</i></i> …

Finance

As Power Grid Sputters in Puerto Rico, Business Does Too

GUAYNABO, P.R. — Miriam Gonzalez stepped outside her shuttered restaurant in this municipality near San Juan and offered an exaggerated grin. “This is my happy face,” Ms. Gonzalez, 52, said, her voice heavy with mockery. “It’s a very happy face. We all have it on.”<p>Every morning, Ms. Gonzalez puts …

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Puerto Rico hit with new power outage

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the same day Puerto Rico's governor celebrated power generation on the island reaching 50% of capacity, the lights went out in the San Juan metro area.<p>The source of Wednesday's outage was the same main north-south transmission line that failed last Thursday, leaving swaths of the capital …

Caribbean

Cobra Contract With Prepa

The contract signed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority with an Oklahoma company, Cobra, to do repair work on power lines in Puerto Rico.

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No power and dirty water in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is leaving the islanders vulnerable to disease

Nearly two months after the Category 4 Hurricane Maria barrelled into Puerto Rico, 60 percent of Puerto Ricans still don’t have power.<p>That number …

Caribbean

Puerto Rico's emergency director resigns

<b>(CNN)</b> - Puerto Rico's emergency management director resigned Friday as the island's slow recovery continues nearly two months after Hurricane Maria …

Latin America

Puerto Rico just got hit with another big blackout

Another outage stemming from a line repaired by Whitefish plunged the island back into darkness.<p>Millions of Puerto Ricans are again without power after a high-voltage transmission line that had been repaired by Whitefish Energy, a Montana contractor now facing an FBI investigation, failed again …

Caribbean

From Puerto Rico's ruins, an opportunity to build back better

A bold, innovative vision is emerging for how to rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island's shattered infrastructure. But some …

Caribbean

The daily business briefing: November 10, 2017

1.<p>Senate Republicans' corporate tax-cut delay spooks markets<p>Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their tax plan, which differed from the House …

Star Wars

Republicans Plan to Turn Puerto Rico Into a Theme Park for Fossil-Fuel Corporations

The House Committee on Natural Resources convened this week to discuss Puerto Rico’s ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. They talked devastation, …

Caribbean

DDR: The Perfect Storm

Puerto Rico debt is now trading at 25 cents on the dollar and is almost as cheap as my framed shares of Trump Casino stock.<p>I consider DDR a bargain …

Business

Puerto Rico board asks Congress for backing in fight with governor

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The federally appointed oversight board that manages Puerto Rico's finances asked Congress for support on Tuesday in its fight with the island's governor over who should take charge of halting efforts to restore electric power after Hurricane Maria.<p>The …

Caribbean

The Energy 202: Some Trump environmental picks finally get their day in Congress. Others are still waiting.

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Politics

Congress Hears Puerto Rico Needs Aid on an ‘Unprecedented Scale,’ Paying Debt Not the Priority

WASHINGTON — An economic crisis already present in Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria devastated the island more than 50 days ago could get much worse as officials estimate they will need as much as a staggering $21 billion over the next two years to cover operating costs and help the island …

Caribbean

Can Puerto Rico Be The Model For A Renewables-Powered Energy System?

As the island rebuilds from Hurricane Maria, renewable energy storage companies like Sonnen and Tesla are constructing microgrids on the island, to create a more resilient system before the next storm strikes.<p>In the small Puerto Rican town of Loíza, after Hurricane Maria took out the power grid, …

Renewable Energy

Here's the other small firm that won a big Puerto Rico power deal

Whitefish Energy isn't the only young company to land a multimillion dollar deal to help restore power in Puerto Rico.<p>Cobra Acquisitions, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Mammoth Energy (TUSK) that's less than a year old, won a $200 million contract last month from the Puerto Rico Electric Power …

U.S. Politics

Post-Apocalyptic Puerto Rico

The worst blackout in American history isn’t ending anytime soon<p><i>David Ferris, a reporter for</i> <i>E&E News</i> <i>and past columnist for</i> Sierra, <i>recently returned</i> …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Puerto Rico Grid Restoration Plagued by Historic Problems, New Challenges

While the federal government is helping to restore power to Puerto Rico as fast as it can, that work is being made more difficult due to the …

Engineering

Bright Idea: Why Some in Puerto Rico Are Banking on a Solar Solution

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico — It was shattered.<p>Puerto Rico's second-largest solar farm provided about 40 percent of this island's renewable energy, but it took a direct hit from Maria, the category 4 hurricane that sliced through southeast Puerto Rico. More than six weeks later, thousands of panels are …

Caribbean

Power mission in Puerto Rico set to be largest ever in US

After the most devastating hurricane in 89 years hit Puerto Rico, all 3.4 million residents were left without power. Though uncertainty remains as to …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Six weeks after the hurricane, most Puerto Ricans have had to make their own light

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico<p>Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million inhabitants are experiencing their 45th day without power. Hurricane Maria, which swept through the island Sept. 20, left transmission lines a tangled mess. The government has made some progress in restoring power—as of Nov. 4, nearly 38% of …

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