Solar micro-grids aren’t a miracle solution for Puerto Rico’s power woes

Alvin Baez/Reuters Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico’s aging power grid ruined, which was run by the bankrupt power authority, PREPA. PREPA’s economic woes led to the power company becoming very opposed to renewable energy, instead opting to keep the broken system. Elon Musk offered power grids to Puerto Rico in order to power its hospitals, but […]

Puerto Rico’s governor seeks to end deal with small Montana grid repair company

Enlarge / On Sept. 22, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority staff start emergency power restoration plans in the utility’s command center. (credit: Western Area Power) On Sunday, Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rosselló demanded that the state-owned utility end its $ 300 million grid-repair deal with a small, Montana-based energy company called Whitefish Energy, amid intense scrutiny […]

The US could have avoided Puerto Rico’s water crisis

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, more than 2.5 million residents are still without power. Officials estimate that more than one-third of residents still don’t have access to clean water. Aid agencies and relief experts say that some of the problems could have been avoided. The numbers associated with the current situation in Puerto Rico, […]

How Puerto Rico’s power crisis ends

When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico on September 20th, it found a vulnerable target. The island is facing an extreme financial crisis that’s been building steam for decades; roughly 43 percent of its residents live in poverty. Its sole electric company, PREPA, is $ 9 billion in debt and has been operating with outdated […]

The Next Challenge for Puerto Rico’s Recovery

The depth of the crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria is apparent from the island’s obliterated roads, downed power lines, tainted water, and nonexistent cell service. Grief and dismay over the widespread destruction has led to calls for aid and assistance for the ravaged island, but long after the shock fades, the staggering task […]