15 Apr '18, 9am

Hurricane Season Begins in June. Is Puerto Rico’s Grid Ready? https://t.co/LsZBn941ue

Experts speaking at a congressional hearing this week indicated that plans for a more resilient grid have not yet coalesced in Puerto Rico. Federal officials said work continues to move forward, but about 50,000 customers (i.e., meters) remain without power. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has spearheaded much of the repair work, is slated to draw down its presence on May 18. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1. Lawmakers questioned representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) about when power would be 100 percent restored, how much a more resilient grid will cost, and how to ensure Puerto Rico doesn’t face a similar situation in years to come. Concrete answers were few and far between. “We’re going to do our best,” said Charles Alexander, director of contingency opera...

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