Puerto Rico to Privatize Power Generation Amid Outages

Puerto Rico announced Sunday that it plans to privatize electricity generation, a first for a U.S. territory facing chronic power outages as it struggles to rebuild a crumbling electric grid.

  • Jan 17, 2023
  • 10:29 AM

Puerto Rico Governor Denounces Power Company Amid Outages

Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday denounced the private company his administration contracted to take over the island’s power transmission and distribution system amid a recent spike in electricity outages that have outraged many in the U.S. territory.

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • 2:30 PM

Protests Against LUMA Energy and Power Outages Continue in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Fed up with rolling blackouts and the rising price of electricity, Puerto Ricans continue to hit the streets in protest against the Puerto Rican government’s contract with LUMA Energy while calling for the resignation of Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and the end of the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico (FOMBPR).

  • Oct 2, 2021
  • 11:57 AM

New Company, Same Woes: Puerto Rico Suffers Power Outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger as it scrambled Thursday to control a large fire at a main substation that left thousands in the dark.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 9:13 PM

CEO of Puerto Rico’s Power Company to Resign Amid Outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The CEO of Puerto Rico’s state-owned power company is resigning as thousands of clients remain without electricity since last week’s tropical storm that further weakened a grid still trying to recover from previous hurricanes and earthquakes, officials said Monday.

  • Aug 3, 2020
  • 2:15 PM

Puerto Rico Braces for Rain, Power Outages as Dorian Nears

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jorge Ortiz, a 50-year-old construction worker, was taking no chances as Tropical Storm Dorian approached Puerto Rico on Tuesday and threatened to brush past the island’s southwest coast at near-hurricane strength.

  • Aug 27, 2019
  • 3:16 PM

Study: Puerto Rico Should Go Solar to Meet Clean Energy Goal

A U.S. government study has determined that with little room on the island for large-scale solar farms or wind generators, Puerto Rico should aim to reach its clean-energy goals by installing solar panels on all suitable rooftops, along with airports, brownfields, and industrial areas.

  • Jan 24, 2023
  • 10:21 AM

Bondholders Hoping to Recover Bad Debt from Struggling Puerto Rico Ratepayers (OPINION)

Almost $9 billion in bad debt and a half-century of high electricity prices hang in the balance in Puerto Rico.

  • Dec 1, 2022
  • 10:45 AM

Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority Requests Indefinite LUMA Contract Extension

Three days before LUMA Energy’s contract is set to expire, the Public-Private Partnerships Authority requested authorization to extend LUMA’s provisional contract until the debt restructuring process for the publicly owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is finalized.

  • Nov 28, 2022
  • 5:19 PM

US to Supply Puerto Rico With Emergency Power Generation

The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will provide Puerto Rico with temporary electric generation via barges to help in restoring the island’s storm-devastated power grid and ease repeated widespread outages.

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • 10:25 AM

US Energy Secretary Returns to Puerto Rico Amid Power Woes

On Tuesday, Sunrun, the largest rooftop solar installer in the U.S., announced a deal with Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority to launch the island’s first “virtual” power plant to help reduce power bills and offer a backup energy source.

  • Nov 1, 2022
  • 10:24 AM

Puerto Rico to Investigate Power Bill Complaints Following Recent Outage

Puerto Rico’s Energy Bureau announced Thursday that it will investigate how a private company has handled complaints about electric bills after Hurricane Fiona knocked power out to the entire island.

  • Oct 14, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Women’s Networks Drive Puerto Rico’s Decolonization Work

Puerto Ricans are pushing for sustained interconnectivity between stakeholders doing the rebuilding in the islands and the diaspora and its allies advocating for long-term investment from the mainland — and these coordination efforts are largely driven by women’s networks.

  • Oct 12, 2022
  • 11:53 AM

Officials Detail Hurricane Fiona Damage to Puerto Rico Grid

Preliminary evaluations show Hurricane Fiona damaged 50 percent of transmission lines and distribution feeders across Puerto Rico as hundreds of thousands remain without power or water service almost two weeks after the storm hit, officials said Thursday.

  • Sep 30, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Hurricane Fiona Batters Puerto Rico Still Recovering 5 Years After María

In the five years since Hurricane María tore through their country, the people of Puerto Rico have made efforts to rebuild in hopes that they would be ready for the next disaster. Hurricane Fiona, a Category 1 storm that swept through the island on Sunday, has shattered such hopes.

  • Sep 19, 2022
  • 5:22 PM

5 Years After María, Reconstruction Drags On in Puerto Rico

Since Hurricane María struck in September 2017, the government has completed only 21 percent of more than 5,500 official post-hurricane projects, and seven of the island’s 78 municipalities report that not a single project has begun.

  • Sep 19, 2022
  • 10:09 AM

Eye of Hurricane Fiona Nears Battered, Powerless Puerto Rico

The eye of newly formed Hurricane Fiona neared Puerto Rico’s south coast on Sunday. already causing an island-wide power blackout and threatening to dump “historic” levels of rain.

  • Sep 18, 2022
  • 3:11 PM

LUMA Powered by Corruption in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

LUMA Energy, the U.S.-Canadian company that manages Puerto Rico’s power system, won its government contract and remains in place — despite chronic outages — due to corruption within the island’s two main political parties.

  • Sep 13, 2022
  • 5:58 PM

Bad Bunny contra la mamabichocracia de Puerto Rico (OPINIÓN)

La cortina de humo que lanzaron los agarra perlas —que es un irrespetuoso mal hablado y un soldado de la izquierda (algunos lo comparan con un joven Fidel Castro)— no puede tapar la verdad: Bad Bunny le pertenece a su generación y dice las cosas en su propio idioma.

  • Aug 2, 2022
  • 5:52 PM

Puerto Rico Leaders in Denial About Solving Faulty Energy System (OPINION)

As they say, “denial is not a river in Egypt.” Someone needs to share this with Puerto Rico House Speaker Rafael “Tatito” Hernández of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD, in Spanish). After 400,000 of the main island’s residents lost electrical power on April 6, Hernández said that the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority (PREPA) should […]

  • Apr 26, 2022
  • 3:16 PM

Puerto Rico Firefighters Call for End to LUMA Contract

Following a massive fire at Costa Sur Power Plant and the ensuing island-wide blackout that lasted multiple days, the firefighters union has called on the government to cancel its contract with LUMA Energy.

  • Apr 15, 2022
  • 1:23 PM

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