Latest Puerto Rico News

Minnesota moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

Feb. 02, 2023 16:46 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill speeding through the Legislature. The bill was slated for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday night...

Puerto Rico's southern region fights for cleaner air, water

Jan. 29, 2023 11:30 AM EST

SALINAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shuttered windows are a permanent fixture in Salinas, an industrial town on Puerto Rico’s southeast coast that is considered one of the U.S. territory’s most contaminated regions. For years, toxic ash and noxious chemicals from coal-fired and...

Puerto Rico selects company to privatize power generation

Jan. 25, 2023 13:04 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico privatized its electricity production on Wednesday, selecting Genera PR to take over the operation and maintenance of state power generation units in the U.S. territory as part of an initial $22.5 million annual contract. The announcement...

Justice Dept. sues Google over digital advertising dominance

Jan. 25, 2023 10:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and eight states filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, seeking to shatter its alleged monopoly on the entire ecosystem of online advertising as a hurtful burden to advertisers, consumers and even the U.S. government. The...

$24M worth of cocaine seized near Puerto Rico; 3 arrested

Jan. 23, 2023 14:24 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal agents have seized $24 million worth of cocaine off a speedboat trying to reach Puerto Rico’s southeast coast, authorities said Monday. Authorities arrested two people from the Dominican Republic and one from Colombia as they seized more than...

Study: Puerto Rico should go solar to meet clean energy goal

Jan. 23, 2023 13:48 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. government study has determined that with little room on the island for large-scale solar farms or wind generators, Puerto Rico should aim to reach its clean-energy goals by installing solar panels on all suitable rooftops, along with airports, brownfields and...

Puerto Rico pushes for private power generation amid secrecy

Jan. 19, 2023 16:49 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two hours after meeting behind closed doors, the governing board of Puerto Rico’s power company emerged Thursday to briefly announce it was approving a plan to privatize electric generation in the U.S. territory. No other details including the...

Puerto Rico to pursue abusers of lax tax credit system

Jan. 17, 2023 12:56 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico announced Tuesday that it will start cracking down on those who abuse the U.S. territory’s tax credit system, an opaque and long unregulated sector with claims that average about $270 million a year. Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés...

Puerto Rico to privatize power generation amid outages

Jan. 15, 2023 17:28 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico announced Sunday that it plans to privatize electricity generation, a first for a U.S. territory facing chronic power outages as it struggles to rebuild a crumbling electric grid. The move marks the beginning of the end for Puerto Rico’s...

2 killed in shootout with federal agents near Puerto Rico

Jan. 15, 2023 16:37 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two suspected drug traffickers were killed early Sunday in a shootout with federal agents off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast, officials said. The incident occurred shortly after midnight, when authorities detected a suspicious boat at sea and a chase...