US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that China and Russia are assuming “alarming” roles in Latin America and urged regional powers to work with the United States instead. “China’s offer always comes at a price,” Mr. Tillerson said…
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AUSTIN (Texas) • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that China and Russia are assuming “alarming” roles in Latin America and urged regional powers to work with the United States instead. “China’s offer always comes at a price,” Mr Tillerson said in a major policy address on Thursday at the …
Many Puerto Ricans are still struggling to cope without electricity, months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid for the Caribbean island. With some 40 percent of Puerto Rico still affected, people are coming up with ever more innovative ways to live without power along with other basic services such as clean water and Internet access. Gianpaolo Pietri reports on the efforts of one young couple, who give new meaning to the concept of self-reliance.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday that it will reduce its operating reserve to save money amid a cash shortfall as officials warned that the move could destabilize the U.S. territory’s fragile electrical grid.William Rios, director of generation at Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said a plan to reduce its reserve by 450 megawatts will not affect customers and will help save $9 million a month.Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario said that although the measure is needed, it could affect a grid still experiencing frequent blackouts as nearly 250,000 customers remain without power more than five months after Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the power distribution system and caused the longest blackout in U.S. history.
It’s been five months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, devastating an island whose economy was already struggling under an untenable $120bn of debt and pension obligations. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, governor of Puerto Rico, joins the FT’s Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson to discuss the state of the recovery.
The Electric Power Authority (AEE), Puerto Rico’s state power company , announced that it will reduce its reserve generation to save due to lack of money, the time the authorities warned that the measure could destabilize the fragile energy network in the country. island.
Nearly 250,000 people remain without power after five months of receiving the lashes of Hurricane Maria that landed on the island, becoming a category four storm that destroyed two thirds of the electricity distribution system.
The Puerto Rican government decided to reduce the generation of reserves days after Judge Laura Taylor rejected from New York the petition for a loan of 1,000 million dollars for PREPA, noting that there was not enough evidence to show the need for financing of the Electric company.
Given this, officials from Puerto Rico and the federal board that oversees the island’s finances reduced the order to $ 300 million on Friday, but warned that that amount would only allow PREPA to continue operating until March.
The governor of the island, Roberto Roselló, blamed the Department of the Treasury for the possible fall of the electricity system due to lack of financing. PREPA has a debt of $ 9,000 million and is waiting for $ 4,900 million for disaster loans.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico have been displaced because of Hurricane Maria, with nearly 4,000 families finding temporary shelter in hotels on the mainland. But funding for their stays under FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program is set to expire in March. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano traveled to Hartford, Connecticut, to speak with some of those families.
Fluor was hired by the Corps of Engineers for over one billion dollars.
Fluor was hired by the Corps of Engineers for over one billion dollars.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) informed the Government of Puerto Rico that the Fluor Corporation, hired by more than a billion to work on the repair of the island’s electrical system, will cease its work soon.
The information was provided to this newspaper by a source close to La Fortaleza who did not want to be identified, who also established that USACE will later issue a press release. The source speculated that it could be argued that the cap on funds intended to pay for the company’s efforts was reached.
Metro contacted Preston Chasteen, public affairs officer of the USACE to confirm the information, but at the close of this edition the official did not provide a response.
When we contacted a spokesperson in Puerto Rico of the company Flour, they told us that “the contract with Fluor has not been canceled. However, the Corps of Engineers can offer an official response on this matter. ” The Communication Office of the Electric Power Authority also sent us to the military to obtain official statements as the entity that issued the contract.
Our source, meanwhile, said: “We were notified orally and we were told that there will be a press release soon.” He assured that the departure of the company arises due to lack of production and execution, although he estimated that there will be no statement in that sense, but will be based on the fact that the use of the entire budget for the company’s contract had already been reached.
Fluor Corporation, a Texas-based company, won the contract with USACE after the devastation of the electrical system due to Hurricane Maria.
On the other hand, the expressions of the Metro source coincide with some complaints from the mayor of Aibonito, Willie Alicea, who said that USACE brigades left their town last Sunday. Although he did not detail in his expressions to the INS agency which private contractor he was, the mayor maintained that the explanation he received from the military group was that “they are in the process of reallocating American companies, which are waiting for additional personnel and materials to arrive”.
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