Puerto Ricans March Down ‘Las Américas’ Freeway to Protest LUMA Energy

Outraged over constant blackouts and increases in the price of electricity, over 4,000 protesters marched in San Juan, Puerto Rico, calling for an end to the contract the local government signed with LUMA Energy that privatized part of the island’s electrical grid.

  • Oct 17, 2021
  • 12:03 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

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

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

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

Journalists, Protesters Attacked by Police at LUMA Protest in Puerto Rico

After a string of blackouts that left many without electricity throughout August, Puerto Ricans came together on Thursday to protest LUMA Energy and Gov. Pedro Pierluisi in Old San Juan. The protest ended with the streets thick with tear gas and multiple journalists and protesters wounded by police.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • 2:20 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

Court Documents Reveal LUMA CEO’s $1.1 Million Salary

After a warrant was issued last week for the arrest of LUMA CEO Wayne Stensby, the energy company finally gave Puerto Rican legislators documents containing information about employee salaries and communications between Stensby and politicians.

  • Nov 16, 2021
  • 3:36 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

Apagones empeoraron desde la entrada de LUMA, reconoce un documento de la empresa

El primer informe de confiabilidad que entregó la compañía confirma que tardó casi el doble del tiempo en restaurar la luz a los clientes en su primer trimestre de operaciones, en comparación con la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica.

  • Sep 30, 2021
  • 10:15 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

Puerto Ricans Fight a Pitched Battle for Island’s Electric Grid After LUMA Takeover

In the early hours of the morning on June 1, protesters began setting up encampments in front of the gates of the newly christened LUMA Energy warehouses and facilities in a bid to not let the workers access their tools

  • Jun 3, 2021
  • 9:58 AM

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

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

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

Puerto Rico Police Give Protesters ‘How to Protest’ Manual After Release

Protesters arrested last Wednesday in the Puerto Rican capital and later released without charges were surprised when police officers gave them a manual on how they should protest.

  • Nov 1, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

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

Mexico to Sue U.S. Gun Companies for Flow of Illegal Weapons

The Government of Mexico plans to file a second lawsuit against U.S. companies it alleges are responsible for the flow of illegal weapons into the country, Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced last Wednesday.

  • Oct 11, 2022
  • 12:44 PM

Puerto Rico Mayor: ‘God Brought Biden Here’

President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday to announce new hurricane relief projects, two weeks after Hurricane Fiona battered the archipelago. Tens of thousands remain without power, and even more worry that aid promised by Biden will be too little too late.

  • Oct 4, 2022
  • 5:06 PM

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