Puerto Rico Governor Says Help From New York, Florida Will Be ‘Essential’ After Whitefish Deal Scuttled


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is looking on some outdated mates within the wake of the Whitefish Vitality deal debacle.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló advised NBC Information on Monday that “mutual badist agreements” with the states of New York and Florida “are going to be crucial” in ongoing efforts to revive energy to the hurricane-ravaged island after the fallout from the canceling of a contract with Whitefish Vitality Holdings.

“I used to be simply on the telephone with Governor Cuomo who has been very useful on this state of affairs, in addition to Gov. Scott,” he mentioned, referring to Andrew Cuomo of New York and Rick Scott of Florida.

Rosselló mentioned that Cuomo advised him New York has “greater than 100 brigades” that may be made out there as quickly because the agreements might be labored out, “which we’re working all day in the present day to ensure we’ve them as shortly as doable.”

Such interstate preparations are frequent amongst utilities after emergencies.

Rosselló mentioned the choice to cancel the $300 million no-bid contract with Whitefish, a small Montana firm with hyperlinks to Inside Secretary Ryan Zinke, was in one of the best curiosity of Puerto Ricans and that the mutual badist agreements with states have been another.

The governor mentioned that his purpose was to not set again ongoing restoration efforts on account of the transfer to cancel the contract. As of Monday, Puerto Rican officers mentioned solely about 30 p.c of the island had energy.

“My purpose will not be to try this — actually fairly the other, truly improve the urgency to getting extra brigades over right here,” he mentioned. “That’s the reason the mutual badist help from the state of New York and from the state of Florida are going to be crucial.”


Crews work to restore energy transmission towers in Guayama, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 28.