Sunday, Puerto Rico’s electric utility, which is state-run, announced that they accepted the governor’s request to cancel a $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid controversy.
ABC News reports that Ricardo Ramos, Puerto Rico’s energy authority, announced the decision through a press conference directly following another press conference held earlier on Sunday by Governor Ricardo Russello, during which he asked Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to cancel the deal “immediately.” A short time later it was reported by local media outlets that the contract had been cancelled by Ramos.
[AHORA] Director de @AEEONLINE, Ricardo Ramos, asegura cancelación de contrato a Whitefish no se debe a que haya ilegalidades en el mismo.
— NotiUno 630 (@NotiUno) October 29, 2017
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, pulled the plug on the deal that was made with Whitefish Energy Holdings, which was meant to repair the damage to Puerto Rico’s devastated electrical grid following Hurricane Maria.
What raised suspicions about the Whitefish company was the fact that, when the storm hit the island, the company only had two full time employees and certainly did not have the experience required to deal with the huge undertaking of repairing the broken electrical system in Puerto Rico. Add to that the fact that the company comes from a small town in Montana, the same town that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hails from.
As of Sunday evening, a government run website reports that less than 30 percent of Puerto Rico has electricity.
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