PowerSecure’s contract to restore Puerto Rico grid increased
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced over the weekend that it will provide “additional resources to further support emergency power restoration” after Hurricane Maria by increasing the value of an existing contract for the work in Puerto Rico.
The additional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds raise PowerSecure Inc.’s contract amount by $140.5 million, bringing the total amount of the contract to $510.6 million. The contract was originally awarded Oct. 19.
The additional funds were made available under a time extension of the FEMA Mission Assignment, which allows USACE to continue its work as part of the effort to restore electrical service to the island until May 18.
“We are proud to continue our role in this vital mission, working at FEMA’s direction alongside our Unified Command partners,” said Col. Jason Kirk, USACE Task Force Power Restoration Commander. “The additional resources from FEMA will enable us to work through April and into May to restore electrical service to remaining customers, mainly in Puerto Rico’s remote mountainous areas.”
The Unified Command Group—comprising USACE, FEMA, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) and the island’s Power Restoration Coordinator—said in its release that it continually evaluates the ongoing work in order to restore electricity across the island.
The increase in funds will allow PowerSecure to “maintain personnel, equipment and materials on the island, in order to continue the repair of hurricane-damaged electrical lines particularly in the hardest-hit and most remote areas.”
Nearly seven months after the impact of Hurricane Maria, 5 percent of the public power utility’s customers remain without service, according to government data on the status.pr portal.