Puerto Rico: Whitefish energy grid deal to be scrapped

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41795774

Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the cancellation of a contract given to a tiny Montana firm to help rebuild the island’s power grid.

The head of the US-controlled island’s power authority said he accepted Ricardo Rossello’s recommendation and intended to cancel the deal.

The contract was given to Whitefish Energy, which has little experience of work on such a scale, without a public bid process.

Several inquiries are under way.

More than 70% of people on Puerto Rico were without power as of Sunday morning – more than five weeks after the powerful hurricane devastated the power grid.

The governor said he had asked the board of governors of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (Prepa) to cancel the Whitefish contract.

“There can be no distraction to alter the commitment to restore the power system as quickly as possible,” he said.

In response, the Prepa Executive Director Ricardo Ramos said he was seeking the contract’s cancellation.

The governor also said he had instructed Prepa to “immediately coordinate with the states of Florida and New York to reinforce brigades” that are currently rebuilding the grid on the island.

Concerns had also been raised about why Puerto Rican authorities had not requested “mutual aid” from other public power authorities, as is typical during disasters in the US.

In a statement reacting to the news, Whitefish Energy said it was “very disappointed in the decision” and that the decision would “only delay what the people of Puerto Rico want and deserve – to have the power restored quickly in the same manner their fellow citizens on the mainland experience after a natural disaster”.

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“More than 70% of people on Puerto Rico were without power as of Sunday morning – more than five weeks after the powerful hurricane devastated the power grid.”

nasty..

“Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the cancellation of a contract given to a tiny Montana firm to help rebuild the island’s power grid.”

i dont think puerto ricans care where the energy comes from..as long as they get some..fast!

401

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~ by seeker401 on November 2, 2017.

One Response to “Puerto Rico: Whitefish energy grid deal to be scrapped”

  1. Is Puerto Rico a reflection of incapability, i.e. technological know-how, or poor, immoral governance? In other words, the smart’s or political will?

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