FEMA flip on energy company

Whitefish Energy probably won’t say so, but the power contractor won vindication of sorts last week when it got a shout-out from a FEMA official for its work restoring power in Puerto Rico.

You’ll no doubt remember that Whitefish Energy spent time in the dock as public enemy No. 1 last year after it won a $300 million contract from the island territory to restore power in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Perhaps you also recall that we never heard that Whitefish Energy wasn’t doing the job it had promised to do. What people complained about was that the company was making a lot of money to do a job that desperately needed to be done.
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5 Responses to FEMA flip on energy company

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Forget the flunky government run FIMA. Get the Clinton Global Intuitive Org involved. They did a sterling job in Haiti, so Puerto Rico should be a cakewalk.

  2. Rich W. says:

    This article reminds me of a old story from the mining industry. A mine was using a huge steam pump to dewater the workings. One day it stopped working. No matter what they did it wouldn’t start. In desperation they telegraphed for an expert. An old Cornish fellow showed up the next day. He looked the pump over for a time then said “feed it some steam boys”. He then lifted a ten pound sledge hammer and gave the fly wheel a great whack. The pump started right up. Everyone thought it a great thing. The boss man ask how much the fellow wanted for pay. The fellow says a thousand dollars. The boss said that too much jus to hit the pump with a hammer. The old fellow thinks a minute and says OK, ten dollar for hitting with the pump with the hammer and 990 dollar for knowing where to hit. Experience and knowledge are valuable.

  3. B says:

    to be fair here, the first 50% was probably the easiest part, the last 10% is gonna be the hardest.

    But politics and criticism by folks who don’t know the job isn’t a good thing.

  4. Exile1981 says:

    In fairness they likely paid 100 mil of that in local ‘fees’. You can’t piss in a toilet in that island without an official trying to shake you down.

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