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IEEFA Update: Puerto Rico Is at an Urgent Energy-Policy Crossroads Now

Progress Requires Debt Elimination, Greater Reliance on Microgrids and Renewable Energy, Appointment of an Independent PREPA Administrator

OCT. 24, 2017 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today posted a webinar and data presentation calling for responsible electricity-grid modernization in Puerto Rico and emphasizing the importance of establishing appropriate policy now. The presentation, (download the slide show here) by IEEFA energy consultants Cathy Kunkel and Anna Sommers, follows […]

October 24, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Puerto Rico: The Aguirre Offshore Gas Port Is Unbankable

PREPA Has No Viable Plan to Finance a $380 Million Project, Leaving Ratepayers to Absorb the Costs

At the heart of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s flawed plan to upgrade the island’s crumbling electricity system lies a proposed $380 million facility to bring imported liquefied natural gas into the commonwealth. PREPA, as the authority is known, has been promoting the project for years, even though it would mean a perpetuation of […]

IEEFA Puerto Rico: The PREPA Restructuring Plan Before Congress Is Not Realistic and Does Not Hold All Players Accountable

IEEFA Puerto Rico: The PREPA Restructuring Plan Before Congress Is Not Realistic and Does Not Hold All Players Accountable

Bondholders and Dealmakers Are Not Stepping Up; Citizen Ratepayers and Taxpayers Are Left Holding the Bag Under Proposal Before Congress

Puerto Rico’s electricity-system imbroglio is in the public eye today in Washington, where a house subcommittee is holding a public hearing on a plan to restructure the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s staggering $9.5 billion debt. We’ve written a letter to the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, detailing how the debt restructuring plan sells Puerto Rico […]

March 22, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Puerto Rico: How to Play Hardball With Bondholders

Lessons for PREPA on Placing Customers (and the Economy) Ahead of Creditors

How much of its more than $8 billion in debt can the essentially bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority pay back? A federal oversight board appointed four months ago to supervise debt restructuring for the entire Puerto Rican government offered up an indication last week. The board, empaneled in October under the auspices of the […]

January 24, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Report: Debt Restructuring Deal for Puerto Rico Power Authority Will Not Restore Agency to Financial Health

Flaws Will Result in High Electricity Rates, Burden an Already Ailing Economy, and Prevent the Development of Renewables

CLEVELAND, Aug. 4, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis published a report today warning of serious flaws in a debt restructuring deal for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The analysis, by IEEFA’s director of finance, Tom Sanzillo, and Cathy Kunkel, an IEEFA energy analyst, concludes that the restructuring […]

August 4, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA Questions PREPA’s ‘Misguided’ Electric Plan for Puerto Rico; Notes High Risks and Costs; Sees Perpetuation of Import Addiction

Call for Energy Independence in U.S. Commonwealth

‘Extraordinarily Short Shrift to the Potential for Renewable-Energy Development and for Energy-Efficiency Improvements’ CLEVELAND, May 2, 2016 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has filed public comments recommending that the Puerto Rico Electric Commission reject the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s plan to rebuild the island’s electricity system. The comments, which […]

May 3, 2016 Read More →
Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →
A U.S. Commonwealth Shortchanged in Its Utility Company’s Debt-Restructuring Deal

A U.S. Commonwealth Shortchanged in Its Utility Company’s Debt-Restructuring Deal

Puerto Rico Is Overlooking a Rare Opportunity to Seal More Favorable Terms and Pursue a Better Energy Policy

We’ve published a report today that shows how Puerto Rico is at risk of missing an important opportunity in its energy-development history and an important opportunity at a fair restructuring of the debt of its public power company. It’s the first independent assessment of a proposed deal between the Puerto Rico Power Authority (PREPA) and […]

and September 10, 2015 Read More →
ESTUDIO DE IEEFA ENCUENTRA INADECUADA LA REESTRUCTURACIÓN DEL ADEUDO DE EMPRESA DE ENERGÍA PUERTORRIQUEÑA; VE OPORTUNIDADES  PERDIDAS EN ENERGÍA EÓLICA, SOLAR Y EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA

ESTUDIO DE IEEFA ENCUENTRA INADECUADA LA REESTRUCTURACIÓN DEL ADEUDO DE EMPRESA DE ENERGÍA PUERTORRIQUEÑA; VE OPORTUNIDADES PERDIDAS EN ENERGÍA EÓLICA, SOLAR Y EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA

EN ESPERA PARA DAR A CONOCER 11 A.M., JUEVES, 10 de SEPT.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (10 de Sept. de 2015) — The Institute for Energy Economics y Financial Analysis dio a conocer hoy un informe concluyendo que la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico (AEEPR) es demasiado generosa con tenedores de bonos en su propuesta reestructuración de su adeudo y corta de vista en sus […]

September 10, 2015 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Off-the-Grid Power Generation Takes Root in Puerto Rico

GreenTech Media: As the territory’s government looks to privatize its utility and haltingly moves forward on plans for a less-centralized grid powered by more renewables, interest in leaving the grid altogether has grown. In a Feb. 14 status report, PREPA reported that the utility had restored power to about 76 percent of customers. On Friday, […]

February 19, 2018 Read More →

Solar Lamps Illuminate Dark Corners of Post-Storm Puerto Rico

Nonprofit Quarterly: El Puente’s program in Puerto Rico is called Enlace Latino de Acción Climática, or Latino Link of Climate Action, though staff and members refer to it as El Puente. Today it has close to 100 members representing organizations across the island. For the past few months, it has been distributing Ekotek solar lamps to people […]

February 6, 2018 Read More →

Puerto Rico Fiscal Plan Foresees 11% GDP Drop, 8% Population Decline, and No Payments to Creditors

Associated Press: Puerto Rico’s governor submitted a revised fiscal plan Thursday that estimates the U.S. Caribbean territory’s economy will shrink by 11 percent and its population drop by nearly 8 percent next year. The proposal doesn’t set aside any money to pay creditors in the next five years as the island struggles to restructure a […]

January 25, 2018 Read More →

Puerto Rico’s Privatization Scheme Draws Skeptics

Associated Press: One of the largest public utilities in the U.S. might soon be up for sale, but many wonder who would want to buy a power company that is worth roughly half of the $9 billion debt it holds and has an infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average. Concerns also are […]

January 24, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Governor’s Utility Privatization Plan Betrays Puerto Ricans

Politically Driven Proposal to Eliminate Independent Oversight Is Not in the Public Interest

In announcing yesterday a plan to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he wants private investors to buy the utility’s generation system and to operate its transmission and distribution system via private concession. Rosselló is also moving to remove any independent oversight of the utility, which would […]

January 23, 2018 Read More →

Puerto Rico to Seek Buyers for Battered Electricity Utility

Reuters: Puerto Rico’s governor said on Monday he intends to sell off the U.S. territory’s troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.  A worker of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repairs part of the electrical grid after Hurricane Maria hit the area in September, […]

January 23, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Two Clear and Opposing Directions Emerge for Puerto Rico
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IEEFA Update: Two Clear and Opposing Directions Emerge for Puerto Rico

Fight Around Renewable Energy Intensifies; Federal Oversight Board Joins Island's Governor in Ignoring Legal Requirements for Energy Commission Approval of New Projects

Sixteen weeks after Hurricane Maria knocked out power in Puerto Rico, and with 45 percent of the island still in the dark, the political battle lines over what direction the electricity system will take are sharpening. On the one hand, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (which regulates the island’s electricity system) last week proposed rules […]

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PREPA Failure to Distribute Grid-Repair Equipment ‘Borders on Criminal Act’

The Intercept: On Saturday, a day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail — entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public […]

January 11, 2018 Read More →

Puerto Rico Oversight Board’s Announcement Promoting Four Infrastructure Projects is ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’

Bond Buyer: The Puerto Rico Oversight Board said it was focusing on four key energy projects for expedited permitting as the island looks to restore its economy and infrastructure. “Hurricanes Irma and Maria have demonstrated beyond any doubt Puerto Rico’s dire need to revamp and upgrade its electrical energy infrastructure,” said the board’s revitalization coordinator […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →

After Maria, Puerto Ricans Seek Reliability in Solar Power + Batteries

Washington Examiner: About 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents have power more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, leading to the largest blackout in U.S. history. As crews work to restore power for the entire territory, a task that could last into May, the energy industry and other stakeholders are […]

January 2, 2018 Read More →