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Chief Of Puerto Rico’s Power Authority Resigns Under Fire

A lineman from a Electric Power Authority repairs placement lines shop-worn by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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A lineman from a Electric Power Authority repairs placement lines shop-worn by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Carlos Giusti/AP

The conduct of Puerto Rico’s appetite management stepped down Friday amid debate over his doing of a complement that still can’t broach electricity to that island dual months after Hurricane Maria broken a appetite grid.

Ricardo Ramos, executive executive of a Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, quiescent as he was incompetent to shake off questions about a $300 million agreement that he had awarded to Whitefish, a tiny Montana-based appetite firm, that was ostensible to revive appetite on a island.

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In prepared testimony during a Senate conference this week, Ramos pronounced he chose Whitefish since “my priority was securing a evident assistance that we indispensable to start restoring appetite as fast as probable to a many vicious customer.” But reports of cost markups and other problems about a firm’s ability to do a pursuit continued to dog Ramos.

As NPR’s Greg Allen reports:

“Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello final month systematic a conduct of Puerto Rico’s appetite authority, PREPA, to cancel a agreement with Whitefish. … Today, El Vocero journal reported PREPA conduct Ricardo Ramos had awarded a $100,000 consulting agreement to a counsel named in a prior crime investigation.

“The administrator pronounced he’s canceling that agreement and had asked for Ramos’ resignation. Under Ramos, a Governor said, ‘There were a array of distractions and a preference was taken to go in another direction.’

“Nearly dual months after Hurricane Maria, many of a island stays but power. On Wednesday, hours after a administrator announced electricity era was behind to 50 percent of pre-storm capacity, a vital delivery line unsuccessful for a second time in a week.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that a FBI is questioning PREPA’s understanding with Whitefish.