02 Jan '18, 11am

Here's how clean energy could help Puerto Rico navigate out of the dark

As Puerto Rico seeks to repair its decimated electricity system, experts are proposing ways the island can rebuild using better, stronger and cleaner technology that would cut costs, boost resilience and reduce reliance on oil to generate power. But many challenges stand in the way. For example, who will pay for the projects? Who will decide what gets built? And how will it all be financed? It’s hard to overstate the devastation of Puerto Rico’s power system. Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September destroyed transmission and distribution power lines that criss-cross every part of the island. High winds and flooding from rain and storm surges knocked down trees and damaged substations, power plants and distribution facilities. Three months after the hurricanes, more than one-third of Puerto Rico was still without power (PDF) , according to the Energy Department. The extensiv...

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