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With deep and lingering damage remaining from the 2017 hurricane season and a troubled electricity sector, Puerto Rico today stands at a crossroads.

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Growing Risks To The Implementation Of Puerto Rico’s Energy Transformation

With deep and lingering damage remaining from the 2017 hurricane season and a troubled electricity sector, Puerto Rico today stands at a crossroads.

Originally published on the Rocky Mountain Institute’s website.
By Mike Henchen, Megan Kerins, Ana Sophia Mifsud, Roy Torbert

With deep and lingering damage remaining from the 2017 hurricane season and a troubled electricity sector, Puerto Rico today stands at a crossroads.

Puerto Rico’s new energy policy, Act 17 of 2019, establishes a pathway for increased renewable energy to benefit electricity customers and empowers the regulator to oversee this transition. Recent projects expedited by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authority of the Puerto Rican government have circumvented established regulatory processes and risk undermining the goals established in the new policy.

The expedited projects happening today in Puerto Rico distort this process and weaken trust in the energy transition’s key institutions, including the regulator. In the absence of trusted institutions providing oversight and transparency, energy projects that maximize public benefits to Puerto Rico will remain unlikely and expensive due to perceived investor risks. Concerted and informed pressure from civil society during the ongoing IRP process and other regulatory topics can help ensure that all electricity sector projects comply with an approved IRP and benefit the public.

This is why Rocky Mountain Institute has published the “Emerging Risks to the Implementation of Puerto Rico’s Energy Transformation” memo which provides civil society, regulators and policymakers a technically-underpinned analysis on these fast-tracked projects and their dangers.

 
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Since 1982, RMI (previously Rocky Mountain Institute) has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. Please visit http://www.rmi.org for more information.

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