31 May '18, 9am

After the Storm, Puerto Rico Misses a Chance to Rebuild with Renewables

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last September, the storm’s 155 mile-per-hour winds tore apart the island’s infrastructure, killing thousands of people and leaving the entire island without electricity, in some cases for months. In the wake of the storm, renewable energy proponents and the media observed that the island’s devastation provided a unique opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico as a resilient community powered largely by renewable energy. One of the most vocal advocates for transforming the country’s post-Maria energy system has been Lionel Orama-Exclusa , an engineer and sustainable energy expert at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. But to the chagrin of Orama-Exclusa and others, in the eight months since the storm, the island has made almost no headway in laying the foundation for a renewable energy economy. Although government official...

Full article: https://e360.yale.edu/features/after-the-storm-puerto-ric...

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