It was announced by the CEO of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority that Ricardo Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico, and the government is cancelling a contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings, a utility company in Montana. The contract was worth $300 million and aimed to help restore electricity on the island. About 70% of Puerto Rico is still without power after more than a month. The utility company is very small, and is only run by two people. There is also a possible conflict of interest with the White House.
The contract cannot be formally cancelled without 30 days notice. About 350 workers are already in San Juan working on a project that will help 500,000 people get their power back in hospitals, businesses and houses in some areas. The contract will be void after their current work is complete.
Rossello says the contract is a distraction to the rebuild. He will appoint a finance official to oversee the contracting process. There will also be a review on how the emergency contract was awarded. His team is currently working with governors of Florida and New York to bring energy workers from those states to help Puerto Rico as quickly as possible, but this might delay repairs even further.