PREPA director Ricardo Ramos resigns amid Whitefish contract scandal | Utility Dive

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/prepa-director-ricardo-ramos-resigns-amid-whitefish-contract-scandal/511239/

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.

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Whitefish Energy resumes work in Puerto Rico after ‘good faith’ payment | Utility Dive

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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. 

From thehill.com

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Top officials from 11 countries said Friday that they had reached a deal on a trade agreement that does not involve the United States, according to a new report.

The Associated Press reports that trade officials from 11 countries have reached an agreement on the “core elements” of the trade deal. Those 11 countries, plus the U.S., signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2016.

“Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the 11 nations said in a statement.

Puerto Rico considers privatization for island\’s generation | Utility Dive

Puerto Rico considers privatization for island\’s generation | Utility Dive

Source: 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.