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Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Electricity System Democratically

Host John Farrell talks with Marcel Castro Sitiriche, co-director of CoHemis at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, about the challenges Puerto Rico faces in building a clean and resilient energy system. They also discuss:

Originally published at ilsr.org.

Host John Farrell talks with Marcel Castro Sitiriche, co-director of CoHemis at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, about the challenges Puerto Rico faces in building a clean and resilient energy system. They also discuss:

  • The impact of hurricane Maria and why it took nearly a year to restore power to some residents of the island after the storm.
  • Using the framework of customer hours of lost electricity service to calculate the impact of hurricane Maria and compare it to other storms.
  • How solar and storage can be instrumental in making Puerto Rico’s energy system more resilient.
  • The impact of Puerto Rico’s colonial past on its present effort to build an energy system for everyone.
  • Clean energy legislation in Puerto Rico and near term opportunities to create a more distributed energy system.

We’re talking about the benefit of people. And I think that’s something that we can agree on, that we should  focus on the people aspect of energy.

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John directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.   Farrell also authored the landmark report Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States, detailing the state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States (energyselfreliantstates.org), and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World.   John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

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