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 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

Puerto Ricans Fume as Outages Threaten Health, Work, School

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Not a single hurricane has hit Puerto Rico this year, but hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. territory feel like they’re living in the aftermath of a major storm: Students do homework by the light of dying cellphones, people who depend on insulin or respiratory therapies struggle to find power sources and the elderly are fleeing sweltering homes amid record high temperatures.

  • Oct 4, 2021
  • 12:20 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

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

Texas Power Outages: Nearly Half the State Experiencing Water Disruptions as Power Grid Operator Says It’s Making Progress

The Texas Tribune is tracking the fallout from the massive winter storm in Texas, which has brought widespread power outages and transportation problems.

  • Feb 18, 2021
  • 4:32 PM

“We’re in It Alone:” Power Outages Leave Millions of Texans Desperate for Heat and Safety

Texas residents said the storm —and ensuing partial collapse of the state’s power system— sapped what mental reserves they had left after eleven months of a global health crisis that has cost thousands of jobs and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the state.

  • Feb 17, 2021
  • 12:52 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

After Power Outages, Guaidó to Call for a ‘National Emergency’

Schools, public offices and industries will be closed Monday as the state attempts to fix the grid, according to Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez.

  • Mar 11, 2019
  • 9:31 AM

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

Brownlisted: Putting the ‘Con’ in ‘Congressman’

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  • Jan 18, 2023
  • 5:06 PM

Puerto Rico Promised Billions for Safe Water, But Taps Still Running Dry

Despite ample federal funding, less than one percent of the federal money slated for the island’s public water utility corporation since 2018 has been set aside to buy generators for water pumps. Local officials instead have been forced to rely on a patchwork supply of emergency units.

  • Dec 13, 2022
  • 5:39 PM

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

LUMA Contract Extended as Protests Continue in Old San Juan

On the same day it was set to expire, the Puerto Rico Public-Private Alliances granted LUMA Energy an extension of its provisional contract that will only end once the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s debt restructuring is completed.

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

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

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

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