• Puerto Rico April 8, 2022 7:13 pm

    Nearly Half a Million Without Power in Puerto Rico as Outage Continues

    Hundreds of thousands of people across Puerto Rico remain without power nearly two days after a fire at a main power plant sparked an island-wide outage.

  • Puerto Rico October 7, 2021 8:00 pm

    Puerto Rico to Declare State of Emergency on ‘Critical Condition' of Power Plants

    Puerto Rico is in the process of declaring a state of emergency due to the “critical condition” of its generating power plants. The declaration would help speed up “the acquisition of essential goods and services required to fix their generation units,” Josué Colón, director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, said in a statement Wednesday evening. The Puerto...

  • NBC July 15, 2018 3:30 am

    Salary Blowup at Puerto Rico Power Company Prompts CEO to Resign

    An outrcry over a promised $750,000 salary for the CEO of the indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority prompted him to quit less than 24 hours after assuming the position, along with four members of the board. Rafael Díaz Granados stepped aside instead of taking a pay cut ordered by Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Díaz Granados’ predecessor, Walter Higgins had resigned...

  • Governor May 31, 2018 9:57 am

    Puerto Rico Grid ‘Teetering' Despite $3.8 Billion Repair Job

    After months of darkness and stifling heat, Noe Pagan was overjoyed when power-line workers arrived to restore electricity to his home deep in the lush green mountains of western Puerto Rico. But to his dismay, instead of raising a power pole toppled by Hurricane Maria, the federal contractors bolted the new 220-volt line to the narrow trunk of a breadfruit...

  • NBC February 2, 2018 9:00 pm

    Neighbors Cheer After Power Restored to Neighborhood in Puerto Rico

    Months after Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck, the island of Puerto Rico is still picking up the pieces, and many residents remain without electricity.

  • Florida November 21, 2017 12:57 pm

    Whitefish Halts Power Work in Puerto Rico Over $83M Owed

    Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director. The Montana-based company said in a statement that invoices for...

  • Puerto Rico November 14, 2017 8:38 pm

    Puerto Rico Utility Ignored Attorney Advice on $300M Repair Deal: Documents

    Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show. The law firm, Greenberg Traurig, recommended that the state-run power authority be allowed to terminate the deal within 10 days for any breach by the company,...

  • Donald Trump November 14, 2017 12:59 am

    Puerto Rico Seeks $94 Billion in Federal Aid After Hurricane

    Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. territory without power and thousands still homeless.

  • Puerto Rico November 9, 2017 9:27 pm

    Puerto Rico Suffers Another Major Power Outage After Transmission Line Failure

    A transmission line failure Thursday left thousands in Puerto Rico without power, just after areas had finally seen a restoration of electricity following Puerto Rico’s blackout after Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority confirmed that as of Thursday afternoon, the island was only at 18 percent power generation compared to 43.2 percent in the early morning. The failure...

  • NBC October 29, 2017 3:34 am

    Whitefish CEO Says ‘Nothing to Hide' in Puerto Rico Contract

    The CEO of Whitefish Energy, the small Montana company under intense scrutiny for an up to $300 million contract to help restore power to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, said that he first made contact with officials on the island through the social networking site LinkedIn — and not through any previous connections. In an interview with NBC News in San Juan,...

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