hurricane maria

Whitefish Charges Puerto Rico $319 an Hour for Linemen, Then Pays Them $63 an Hour

Whitefish Charges Puerto Rico $319 an Hour for Linemen, Then Pays Them $63 an Hour

Whitefish Energy, the controversial energy firm repairing Puerto Rico‘s hurricane-wrecked power grid, is under fresh scrutiny for charging the island’s power authority hundreds of dollars more per hour than its linemen receive. The New York Times reported that the tiny Montana-based company—which doesn’t have many of its own employees—contracted electrical workers from Florida at rates […]

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    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Puerto Rico‘s electric power authority (PREPA) has cancelled Whitefish Energy Holdings’ controversial $300 million contract to help rebuild the U.S. territory’s Hurricane Maria-wrecked power grid. The small Montana-based power company said it was “very disappointed” with the decision which came after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló called on PREPA to “immediately” cancel the deal. Many questions have […]

    I’m a Librarian in Puerto Rico, and This Is My Hurricane Maria Survival Story

    I’m a Librarian in Puerto Rico, and This Is My Hurricane Maria Survival Story

    By Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico—Humacao I’ve always been fascinated by storms, particularly Puerto Rico‘s own history of them. I think it’s because I was born in September 1960 during Hurricane Donna. In its wake, that storm left more than 100 dead in Humacao, the city where I am now a special collections […]

    Puerto Rico Continues to Suffer Worst Electricity Failure in U.S. History

    Puerto Rico Continues to Suffer Worst Electricity Failure in U.S. History

    Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in U.S. history, according to a new report. An analysis released this week from the Rhodium Group finds that the hurricane caused a net loss of 1.25 billion hours of electricity since hitting Puerto Rico on Sept. 20—the largest in recorded history. Nine of the 10 most severe power […]

    7 Reasons Why Jeff Flake Is Awful on Climate Change and Energy Justice

    7 Reasons Why Jeff Flake Is Awful on Climate Change and Energy Justice

    This week, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made national headlines by dramatically announcing his retirement on the U.S. Senate floor. Flake focused his speech on the erratic behavior of President Donald Trump and the nationalistic, anti-immigration turn taken by some Republican Party politicians in recent years. “I have decided that I will be better able […]

    Tesla Restores Power to Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico in ‘First of Many’ Solar + Storage Projects

    Tesla Restores Power to Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico in ‘First of Many’ Solar + Storage Projects

    Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to help restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-wrecked power grid with the company’s batteries and solar panels. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló responded positively. Making good on the promise, Tesla has switched on a combination of its solar panels and Powerpack commercial energy storage batteries for Hospital del Niño, a children’s […]

    Two-Person Company Gets $300 Million Contract to Restore Puerto Rico’s Power Grid, Raising Questions

    Two-Person Company Gets $300 Million Contract to Restore Puerto Rico’s Power Grid, Raising Questions

    Bipartisan lawmakers expressed concern Tuesday over the contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid being given to a tiny energy firm from Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke‘s hometown. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed a $300 million contract last week with two-year-old Montana-based Whitefish Energy, which employed only two people when Hurricane Maria hit the […]

    ‘We Are Not OK’: A First-Hand Account of Hurricane Maria

    ‘We Are Not OK’: A First-Hand Account of Hurricane Maria

    By Cathy Mazak I’m so happy to be able to communicate with you again. As many of you know, I live in western Puerto Rico. In this post I want to tell you a little about my family’s experience with Maria, and how you can help Puerto Rico. On Thursday Sept. 21, when the sun […]