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first_imgPuerto Rico’s Privatization Scheme Draws Skeptics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:One of the largest public utilities in the U.S. might soon be up for sale, but many wonder who would want to buy a power company that is worth roughly half of the $9 billion debt it holds and has an infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.Concerns also are growing about whether plans to privatize Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority will translate into more affordable electric bills and better service. People in the U.S. territory say they cannot afford another financial blow amid an 11-year-old recession and many complain about receiving high power bills after Hurricane Maria when they didn’t even have electricity.“Some people have faith that privatization will improve everything, but it’s not a guarantee,” said Puerto Rico economist Jose Caraballo. “If a good deal isn’t hammered out, Puerto Rico can end up worse than it is.”The power company once known as the government’s crown jewel has seen a reduction in employees and a drop in the demand for energy amid a deep economic crisis and recent austerity measures. The agency now has some 5,800 employees and serves nearly 1.5 million customers with infrastructure that is roughly 45 years old, which officials say caused frequent power outages before the hurricane and an island-wide blackout in September 2016 that lasted a couple of days.The company also has long been criticized for political patronage and inefficiency, and recently faced accusations of corruption. In June 2016, the owner of the U.S. territory’s biggest oil supplier was arrested after being charged with misappropriating $11 million in public funds. Jose Gonzalez Amador and his company, PetroWest, are accused of charging the power company a 0.5 percent municipal tax even though some municipalities granted them a lower rate or waived the tax altogether. Authorities say the charge was then passed on to consumers.Given that situation, can the U.S. territory attract any takers?Industry analysts say it’s a bit too early to tell, noting that it all depends on the type of measure the governor expects to submit in upcoming days to start the privatization process.“It’s a complicated arrangement: What’s going to happen to the workers? Where is the debt going to land? What are the contracts going to look like? There are a lot of details here that have very real implications on how much electricity is going to cost for Puerto Rican customers,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Ohio-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.She said her main concern is that privatization could occur without a regulatory body, which is needed in part to look after consumers’ interests on an island where power bills have been double the average of those on the U.S. mainland, in part because imported fuel supplies three-fourths of the energy consumed in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The terms of the contract will determine the interest, Kunkel said, noting that the cost of any new investment in the electrical system will be paid by consumers.“Private investors will want to make a profit,” she said.More: Hope, Fear as Puerto Rico Moves to Privatize Power Companylast_img read more

first_img Mikaela Shiffrin makes World Cup history with 15th win of 2018 Emotional Lindsey Vonn could quit immediately after super-G failure “I knew I had to fight really hard the second run because Anna and Wendy are so strong,” Shiffrin added. “The girls behind me were also really close. I just figured I have to be tough and try it and I just need 60 seconds to push, and I can do that for 60 seconds.”Larsson was 0.58 seconds back of that time, while Petra Vlhova — who took gold in the giant slalom Thursday –—completed the podium. “My mom said to me before the second run, ‘You don’t have to do this,’” Shiffrin said, via NBC Sports. “I was coughing so hard that my stomach was in spasms, and I couldn’t breathe, and then I kept coughing more.“At what point do you say, No, I can’t do 60 seconds of skiing. I’m out here. I want to do it and whether I win or not, I just wanted to try. And when she said, You don’t have to, then I was sure that I wanted to.”UNBELIEVABLE‼️WHAT. A. WARRIOR. @MikaelaShiffrin goes down in history with her fourth consecutive title in the discipline.   @Are2019 #are2019— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 16, 2019However, Holdener made a costly error in her second run and slumped out of the top 15, while Shiffrin’s expert run of 59.82 seconds gave her a combined total of one minute and 57.05 seconds.center_img Mikaela Shiffrin fought off a coughing spell that was so severe it caused stomach spasms to earn a record-setting fourth consecutive world slalom title Saturday.The victory came at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships where Shiffrin clinched slalom gold in Are. Shiffrin, 23, had reigned in the discipline in Schladming (2013), Beaver Creek (2015) and St Moritz (2017) before adding to her impressive haul in Sweden. She is now just one of two skiers to hold four world titles in a lone event, with Christl Cranz having four and five in the slalom and combined, respectively.There was no guarantee of gold after a first run in which she trailed Wendy Holdener by 0.15 seconds, with home favorite Anna Swenn Larsson the closest to the Swiss after the opening effort. Related Newslast_img read more