utility contracted with Whitefish because he believed PREPA was “unable to meet requirements” for mutual assistance with the American Public Power Association. Those requirements include points such as providing fuel, housing and communications; however, emails released by the House Natural Resources Committee show that PREPA purchasing managers did not follow advice from their lawyers in signing the Whitefish contract.
Whitefish halted its work efforts, citing $83 million it says the island had not paid. It has now received a payment that it says shows the island has a “good faith intent to pay.” However, it is unclear if some of those funds in arrears will be caught up in PREPA’s bankruptcy. The utility holds about $9 billion in debt.
Whitefish’s controversial contract has since been terminated, but the Montana-based company agreed to complete projects which were in progress and remain in Puerto Rico through the end of November.
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Puerto Rico considers privatization for island\’s generation | Utility Dive
island’s utility PREPA has yet to generate 20% of normal demand since Hurricane Maria hit.Renewables companies are converging on the island, even as more traditional solutions are examined. According to Bloomberg, Tesla, Sonnen GmbH, Arensis Corp. and Sunnova Energy have all been in talks with Puerto Rico officials. Department of Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Laboy told the news outlet that a competitive bidding process would likely be used.
The island is considering a plan to privatize its generation, with PREPA continuing to own the transmission and distribution lines.