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

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

Major Outage Forces Puerto Rico to Shutter Schools, Offices

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remained without electricity on Thursday after a fire at a main power plant caused the biggest blackout so far this year across the U.S. territory, forcing it to cancel classes and shutter government offices.

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • 11:51 AM

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

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

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

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 Government Has No Plan to Handle Increase in Post-Disaster Gender-Based Violence

Two weeks after Hurricane Fiona, non-governmental organizations in Puerto Rico still bear the greatest burden of guiding and caring for survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Oct 13, 2022
  • 12:51 PM

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

Biden Tells Puerto Ricans He’s ‘Committed to This Island’

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to “rebuild it all” while visiting Puerto Rico on Monday, as tens of thousands of people remain without power two weeks after Hurricane Fiona struck and residents worry that Washington’s dedication to their recovery could prove fleeting.

  • Oct 3, 2022
  • 5:48 PM

‘We’re With You,’ Biden Tells Puerto Rico Ahead of Visit

President Joe Biden on Monday will survey damage from Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, where tens of thousands of people are still without power two weeks after the storm hit. The Category 1 hurricane knocked out electrical power to the U.S. territory of 3.2 million people, 44 percent of whom live below the poverty line.

  • Oct 3, 2022
  • 12:24 PM

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

After Fiona, Puerto Rico Health Dept. Repeats Hurricane María Mistakes With Patients Who Depend on Electricity

On the island of Puerto Rico, there are more than 40,000 people using electrical devices that extend their lives, and during emergencies they are more vulnerable.

  • Sep 26, 2022
  • 1:29 PM

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

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

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