Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority

  • United States Oct 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico Unveils $20B Plan to Bolster Power Grid Battered by Maria

    Puerto Rico on Thursday unveiled details of a $20 billion plan to strengthen and modernize the U.S. territory’s shaky power grid more than two years after Hurricane Maria as islanders brace for a looming rate hike amid a recession. The 10-year plan aims to bury power lines, increase the use of natural gas and create a transmission and distribution system...

  • Puerto Rico Jul 26, 2018

    Puerto Ricans Turning to Solar Energy Amid Power Turmoil

    Ten months after Hurricane Maria, Adjuntas still loses power any time a heavy rain or wind pounds the rickety power lines feeding this town high in the central mountains of Puerto Rico. That leaves its 20,000 people once again in the dark, without light, fresh water or air conditioning — except for a handful of homes and businesses glowing in...

  • Governor Jul 16, 2018

    Puerto Ricans Cheer Return of Electricity, But Remain Wary

    It was finally a night to celebrate in Adjuntas, a village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a year ago. Lights are slowly coming on for...

  • JUDGE Feb 16, 2018

    Puerto Rico Seeks $300M, Warns of Power Company Shutdown

    A federal control board urgently sought a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico’s power company on Friday after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request despite warnings the U.S. territory would have to start rationing electricity. The latest request comes as nearly 400,000 power customers across the island remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane...

  • United States Mar 1, 2018

    Puerto Rico Hit With More Blackouts After 2 Power Plants Shut Down

    A blackout hit Puerto Rico’s capital and surrounding areas Thursday after two of the U.S. territory’s main power plants shut down, a failure that came amid warnings from officials that the power company is struggling to remain operational.

  • JUDGE Feb 19, 2018

    Judge Grants $300M Loan for Puerto Rico Power Company

    A federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico’s power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March. The ruling comes just days after the judge had rejected an initial $1 billion loan request made by a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory’s finances. The judge had said officials...

  • comedian Feb 2, 2018

    Daddy Yankee’s ‘Dura’ Inspires Parody Mocking Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

    Puerto Rican comedian Gaby Alicea took on Daddy Yankee’s new hit “Dura” to slam Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority for mailing expensive electricity bills to the island’s residents. “I don’t want a machine or anyone charging me, there’s no electricity in my house because all the posts were knocked out,” sings Alicea in the parody that plays on the song’s...

  • United States Feb 1, 2018

    US: Puerto Rico Lacked Leadership, Communication Post-Storm

    Federal officials are blaming a lack of leadership, money and communication in Puerto Rico for setting back hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. territory. FEMA Deputy Regional Administrator Ahsha Tribble said Thursday that the island’s bureaucracy and the power company’s inability to pay for supplies have slowed efforts to restore electricity. Nearly half a million power customers remain in the...

  • Governor Jan 22, 2018

    Puerto Rico to Privatize Island’s Troubled Power Company

    Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption. Nearly 30 percent of customers on this island of 3.3 million people remain without power more than four months after Hurricane Maria. Many blame the...

  • The Associated Press Jan 8, 2018

    More Equipment, Crews Head to Puerto Rico for Power Boost

    Federal officials said Monday that efforts to fully restore power to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria should get a boost with more work crews and more supplies in upcoming weeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is getting its own barge to ship items and that materials it requested several months ago have been manufactured...

  • Governor Dec 26, 2017

    Dark, Desperate Christmas Without Power in Puerto Rico

    Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people still living without electricity in the mountains of central Puerto Rico more than three months after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. island. They waited two hours under the searing sun for their twice-a-week handout...

  • Governor Dec 15, 2017

    Anger Grows as Puerto Rico Misses Power Restoration Deadline

    Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island’s governor. Puerto Rico is currently at 64 percent power generation nearly three months after Hurricane Maria hit, and the situation has sparked a growing number of protests...

  • United States Nov 17, 2017

    Director of Puerto Rico Power Company Resigns Amid Scrutiny

    The director of Puerto Rico’s power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company’s board effective immediately. Officials said Ramos would soon provide additional...

  • United States Sep 23, 2016

    Cheers, Groans as Puerto Rico Struggles With Power Outage

    Power surges hit Puerto Rico overnight as frustration mounted while the U.S. territory struggled to fully restore electricity more than two days after a rare, island-wide blackout caused by a power plant fire. Cheers were intermixed with groans as power came and went during the day, frustrating some who had already stocked up at the supermarket and others who complained...

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