Working Group Announces Plan to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Electric System, Incorporating Renewable and Distributed Energy

Dec. 11, 2017

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced a plan to rebuild and transform Puerto Rico's electric power system, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria in September. The Energy Department and several of its national laboratories contributed to the plan, which calls for the island's new electric power system to be designed with the resiliency to withstand future storms and to be built with modern grid technologies and control systems. The new system will have increased renewable generation, such as wind and solar; incorporate new distributed energy resource technologies, such as energy storage and microgrids; and enable energy to become abundant, affordable, and sustainable for the people of Puerto Rico. The working group included Brookhaven National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium.