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Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Scrutiny Begins of New Energy Resource Plan Issued by Puerto Rico’s Utility

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) issued a revised integrated resource plan (IRP) late last week in the latest move to redesign the island’s grid to avoid a repeat of the massive power outages brought by Hurricane Maria. Like its earlier version, the new plan segments the island into eight minigrids but incorporates more … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market. The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in Puerto … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Seeks Developers for Five Industrial Microgrids

Puerto Rico continues to make good on its promise to rebuild with microgrids, issuing five solicitations this week for industrial microgrids that can operate independently from the grid indefinitely. The solicitations are the island's latest move to segment its grid after a near total collapse from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria. The … [Read more...]

A Bottom Up Network of Microgrids Takes Shape in Puerto Rico

NRDC's Luis Martinez describes work by the organization and others shaping a network of microgrids in Puerto Rico, designed to make communities more energy resilient. Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Authority Seeks Microgrid System

Seeking a "cutting edge" solution that will help shape Puerto Rico’s energy future, a local redevelopment authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a microgrid system at the 3,409-acre former Naval base on the island’s eastern flank. The Local Redevelopment Authority for Roosevelt Roads (LRA) is requesting proposals to finance, … [Read more...]

New York and Puerto Rico Propose $1B for Microgrids in Post-Maria Rebuild

Officials from New York and Puerto Rico yesterday urged Congress to approve more than $1 billion for microgrids as part of a $94.4 billion package they are proposing to rebuild the island. Announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the plan comes as more than 30 percent of the island remains without power … [Read more...]