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Puerto Rico’s Microgrids: From Tragedy to Innovative Model for the World?

At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, Footprint's William Heegaard and Jared Leader, of Smart Electric Power Alliance, explored the role Puerto Rico's microgrids play in disaster and resiliency planning for the island -- and why the island offers a model for the world. Jared Leader, senior associate at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), described the … [Read more...]

Solar and Storage Companies Create Advocacy Group for Puerto Rico

A group of solar and energy storage companies, some international in scope, have joined forces to advocate for Puerto Rico as it rebuilds its electric grid. New Energy, Pura Energía, SRInergy, Windmar, Sunrun, Tabuchi and Sonnen are among the founding members of the Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR). “I was born … [Read more...]

Remote Puerto Rico Community Rebuilds with Microgrid “Like an IKEA Set”

Eight months on from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the 3,160 inhabitants of Puerto Rico's mountainous Mariana remain without grid power. Tired of waiting, community members recently took matters into their own hands with the help of a modular microgrid. Following major damage, experts believe that 90 percent of the grid can be restored … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Issues Final Microgrid Rules as Hurricane Season Looms

Puerto Rico regulators on Friday issued final microgrid rules to help boost development, as the island continues to struggle to recover from last September’s island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria. The rules (CEPR-MI-2018-0001) arrived in a speedier fashion than the norm for energy regulation, with just five months between draft … [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...]

Will LNG Microgrids Find a Ready Market in Puerto Rico?

For all its electricity struggles – or rather because of them – Puerto Rico has become a rich, primordial soup for energy innovation. The latest to emerge are LNG microgrids. A combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables and energy storage, the product is now being offered on the island by Southern Company’s subsidiary PowerSecure and … [Read more...]

The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

Army Corps Mobile Microgrid App Improves Power Restoration on Puerto Rico

The US Army Corps of Engineers' Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico is hastening grid restoration efforts with the help of a new microgrid app to site and manage installations. *Credit: US Army Corpos of Engineers Developed in-house, the microgrid app enhances the ability of field staff to site, commission and decommission mobile … [Read more...]