Disaster Response
Press Release

Trump Administration extends financial support for Puerto Rico power restoration

Washington D.C., February 23, 2018 The American Public Power Association thanks President Trump and his Administration for extending the 100 percent federal cost sharing for continued restoration of power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Shortly after the hurricane made landfall, the President authorized 100 percent cost sharing by the federal government for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including restoration of overhead power lines for 180 days starting September 17, 2017. The federal cost sharing for power restoration has now been extended for 60 additional days.

Five months after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has — with the help of the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous electric utilities coming from as far as the Northern Mariana Islands — restored power to 86 percent of customers.  This on-island effort has been supported by a unified effort in Washington by the federal government, the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, the American Public Power Association, the Edison Electric Institute, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

“We thank President Trump for his continued support for the hard-hit people of Puerto Rico,” said Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association. “It’s an extraordinary gesture of support that the extraordinary circumstances demand. The long and arduous restoration effort will get more challenging as it enters the final phase, reaching customers in more remote and hard-hit regions of the island.”

Many electric utilities have stepped up, sending personnel and equipment to advance the restoration effort. “We are so very grateful to all of our members that are helping with this restoration effort that is unprecedented in magnitude and difficulty. These utilities represent the true public power spirit of giving back,” said Kelly.