Teachers Call for Protests on ‘National Anti-LUMA School Day’

Teachers and electrical workers in Puerto Rico are calling for protests outside schools on November 30, the day that LUMA Energy’s contract is set to expire, in hopes that the government cancels the company’s impending 15-year contract.

  • Nov 22, 2022
  • 5:37 PM

NY Lawmakers, PR Activists Join to End LUMA Contract

Puerto Rican legislators from New York and local activist groups joined forces on Thursday to repudiate the Puerto Rican government’s contract with LUMA Energy and ask Gov. Pedro Pierluisi not to grant the company control over the archipelago’s electrical system for the next 15 years.

  • Nov 14, 2022
  • 4:12 PM

PREPA Lawyers Forced to File Motions as Puerto Rico Hit by Hurricane Fiona

As Hurricane Fiona bore down on Puerto Rico two weeks ago, the U.S.-imposed fiscal control board and the U.S.-based judge who handles the public electric utility’s debt restructuring deal forced Puerto Rican lawyers to file motions even as the archipelago was experiencing an island-wide blackout.

  • Sep 29, 2022
  • 4:18 PM

Puerto Ricans Protest Against ‘Vulture’ Funds in Manhattan

On Sunday, August 28, a coalition of Puerto Rican independence groups and their allies gathered outside a hedge fund’s office building in Midtown Manhattan to protest its predatory lending practices.

  • Sep 6, 2022
  • 12:20 PM

Puerto Rico Sees First Reduction in Electricity Prices Since 2021

After seven consecutive increases, the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau has announced the first reduction in the price of electricity since 2021. The decrease went into effect on Monday, August 1.

  • Aug 3, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Puerto Rico’s Debt Plan Goes into Effect Amid Public Backlash

While intense public pressure led to the worst parts being left out of the debt adjustment plan, many Puerto Ricans still view it as only leading the archipelago further into ruin through ever-expanding budget cuts and austerity measures.

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • 5:33 PM

Earthjustice: AES-Puerto Rico Seeking Bailout for Polluting Coal Plant

On Monday, nonprofit public-interest environmental group Earthjustice released a statement condemning energy company AES-Puerto Rico for seeking to transfer ownership of its notorious coal plant in Guayama to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

  • Jan 31, 2022
  • 5:36 PM

Construction Permit Approvals for Coastal Projects Fast-Tracked During Pierluisi’s First Year

Far from slowing the pace of construction on Puerto Rico’s coasts to address climate change, as experts have requested, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s administration hit the accelerator to approve construction permits along the coasts.

  • Jan 28, 2022
  • 11:39 AM

Judge Signs Plan, Ends Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Battle

Puerto Rico’s nearly five-year bankruptcy battle was resolved Tuesday after a federal judge signed a plan that slashes the U.S. territory’s public debt load as part of a restructuring and allows the government to start repaying creditors. The plan marks the largest municipal debt restructuring in U.S. history

  • Jan 18, 2022
  • 6:05 PM

‘El Poder del Pueblo’: Puerto Rican Documentary on the Need for Environmental and Energy Justice

One way that environmental activist Ruth Santiago and some of her neighbors in the Jobos Bay area have sought to call attention to the injustices they face is in the documentary ‘The Power of the People: A Collective Struggle for Life and the Environment’

  • Nov 4, 2021
  • 11:22 AM

Open Letter to Biden Calls LUMA Contract in Puerto Rico a ‘Dangerous Misuse of Public Funds’

“It is imperative that the federal government heeds the calling of civil society organizations that have been denouncing the terrible negotiation that has taken place in this contract,” said Dr. Adi Martínez-Román, Director of Operations of the UPR Resiliency Law Center.

  • Jun 22, 2021
  • 9:05 PM

Power Outage Hits 337K in Puerto Rico Amid Growing Outrage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico late Wednesday, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • 8:24 AM

The Explosion That Left Half of Puerto Rico in Darkness

At a Friday press conference, LUMA Energy CEO Wayne Stensby claimed that the company projected that they would be able to restore electricity to remaining customers by 6 p.m. Friday night.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 5:20 PM

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

Private Company Takes Over Puerto Rico Power Utility Service

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company on Tuesday took over the transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico’s power authority, which has struggled with blackouts and bankruptcy, corruption and mismanagement.

  • Jun 1, 2021
  • 3:52 PM

LUMA Attorneys Charge More Than $1,000 an Hour and Consultants Get Paid Nearly $5M to Write Plans

The outsourcing of companies that come mainly from the US has been the norm in the first six months of billing after the agreement to privatize Puerto Rico’s electricity grid.

  • Feb 12, 2021
  • 2:02 PM

Board: Puerto Rico Education Agency Paid $84M to Non-Workers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances announced Wednesday that it has contacted federal and local law enforcement agencies after discovering the island’s Department of Education paid more than $84 million to people who no longer work there.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • 5:19 PM

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allowed Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Puerto Rico’s Power Grid Repair Contracts

The audit of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published on September 30, 2019 details how two of its districts —Hunstville and Jacksonville— failed to supervise and review the contracts, invoices and work performed by companies Fluor Enterprises and PowerSecure in Puerto Rico.

  • Nov 11, 2019
  • 12:47 PM

Here’s Ricardo Rosselló’s Resignation Message, Fully Translated

“Today I announce that I will be resigning from the post of governor.”

  • Jul 25, 2019
  • 1:34 PM

Rosselló Administration Delayed in Restructuring Puerto Rico Government

Hundreds of documents obtained by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo show the obstacles the government faces to achieve projected savings.

  • May 29, 2019
  • 10:55 AM

Poor Management of Water Sources Aggravates Impact of Drought in Caribbean

The situation, which also affects agriculture, threatens to escalate in the coming months due to the negligence by the three countries’ governments to lay down guidelines and maintain infrastructure.

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • 2:37 PM

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