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House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) …

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Puerto Rico's path to restore power shifts after Whitefish exit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria are shifting as the island’s utility and its regulators, along with U.S. authorities, removed a key contractor Sunday and moved to triple the funding of another. FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after …

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Puerto Rico governor calls for cancellation of Whitefish contract

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló wants to cancel a tiny Montana company’s $300 million contract to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory and expects help from the governors of Florida and New York, his office said on Sunday. Whitefish Energy Holdings’ contract with Puerto Rico’s …

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Tiny Montana firm's Puerto Rico power deal draws scrutiny

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal emergency officials raised “significant concerns” on Friday about a $300 million contract between Puerto Rico’s storm-hit power utility and a tiny Montana firm, as Democratic lawmakers stepped up calls for an investigation of the deal. A pick up from Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings is parked …

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FEMA, U.S. lawmakers cite concerns over firm's Puerto Rico deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Questions over a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico’s power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage grew on Friday as federal emergency officials raised “significant concerns” about the deal and Democratic lawmakers requested an investigation. A pick up from Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings …

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FEMA cites significant concerns with Puerto Rico energy deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Emergency Management Administration on Friday said it did not approve a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico’s power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage, and has “significant concerns” about the deal. A pick up from Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings is parked …

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