Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello Monday requests federal help to the tune of $94.four billion to get well from damages attributable to hurricanes Irma and Maria final September. (Nov. 13)
A brigade from the Electric Power Authority repairs distribution strains broken by Hurricane Maria within the Cantera neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 19, 2017.(Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP)
The embattled head of Puerto Rico’s energy utility resigned Friday amid an uproar over the company’s controversial contract with a small Montana agency to get the island’s devastated electrical grid again on-line.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has struggled to revive energy to the island of three.6 million since Hurricane Maria destroyed the ability grid on Sept. 20.
PREPA met Gov. Ricardo Rosello’s pledge to revive a minimum of half the island’s energy by mid-November, solely to see it fall to 22% with the failure of a serious transmission line this week.
In an announcement, PREPA introduced the departure of Ricardo Ramos, its government director, however didn’t instantly elaborate on the explanations for his resignation.
San Juan’s outspoken mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, mentioned on Twitter that it is the “right thing” that Ramos not leads the ability authority.
“That he helped destroy the credibility of the PR government is a disgrace,” she added.
Ramos’ resignation comes only some days after he testified in Washington, D.C., earlier than the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee a few controversial $300 million contract between PREPA and a small Montana firm to revive and rebuild the grid that serves the U.S. territory. At the time, the corporate had solely two staff.
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In defending his resolution to signal the contract with the tiny Whitefish Energy Holdings, Ramos mentioned he discovered solely two corporations from amongst a half-dozen proposals that provided the rapid service the authority wanted.
He mentioned one wished a $25 million upfront badure, whereas Whitefish, based mostly in Montana, agreed to be paid just for work accomplished.
While Ramos acknowledged to the Senate committee that he might have dealt with the contracting course of higher, “I selected to contract with Whitefish as a result of my precedence was securing the rapid help that we wanted to start restoring energy as rapidly as doable to our most important clients,” in accordance with NBC News.
The information of congressional investigators described PREPA as “inept” and “dysfunctional,” VOX stories. The FBI is additionally investigating the settlement, The Wall Street Journalstories.
The contract was canceled by the ability authority’s board in late October on the request of the governor.
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