Tell FEMA to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Power Grid with Renewables, not Fossil Fuels


Puerto Rico could rebuild its power grid with renewables, but FEMA plans to fund fossil fuels….

(Excerpts from Fast Company article by Patrick Parenteau and Rachel Stevens, 10/9/21)

FEMA has allocated $9.4 billion for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electricity system after Hurricane Maria. The proposed plan would build new natural gas-fired power plants.

Puerto Rico adopted laws that called for generating 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, 40% by 2025, 60% by 2040, and 100% by 2050.

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which controls relief funding for the island, appears ready to underwrite a rebuild of the old fossil fuel system — on a path that runs directly counter to the White House’s energy and climate policy.

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