Ricardo Ramos, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, told members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that Whitefish was one of a half-dozen companies to offer assistance to restore the island’s destroyed energy grid.
Ramos, who took over PREPA in March, said he did not pursue the usual mutual aid agreements that utilities use after natural disasters because Puerto Rico had been so devastated by the hurricane that it could not provide the logistics such as housing and fuel to out-of-state utility workers.
After PREPA canceled the contract Oct. 29, Puerto Rico eventually sought the mutual aid agreements.
“Just because it's hard to get there doesn’t mean you price gouge,” added Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the committee’s top Democrat.
Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, released on Monday night 2,000 pages of documents related to the power utility’s handling of the Whitefish contract, which was agreed to on Sept. 26 and expanded Oct. 17.