The Future of Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid: What Are the Challenges & Path Forward
Friday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater
American University School of Communication
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, 20016
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On the morning of September 20, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Maria made landfall in Yabucoa,
as the most powerful hurricane to hit the island of Puerto Rico in more than 80 years. That
evening, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported that 100% of its customers
were without power. The power outage became the second-largest blackout in recorded
history, just behind the Philippines’ blackout of 2013 caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
In the year following Hurricane Maria’s landfall, one of the main questions for Puerto Ricans
keeps being what would be the future of the island’s electric grid? Therefore, this panel will
explore the challenges ahead to rebuild the electric grid in Puerto Rico, focusing in
the recommendations from different stakeholders of what is the path forward to achieving a
clean, reliable and resilient grid.
Some of the questions to be discussed by the panel include: Who is in charge of rebuilding the
electric grid? Who are the stakeholders involved in this task, and who is responsible for what?
What is the energy policy plan of the government in the near future and on the long run? What
role would natural gas play in the transition to a renewable energy future? What are the pros
and cons of privatizing the generation, distribution, and transmission of electricity? What are
success stories and lessons learned from similar jurisdictions to Puerto Rico? What can we do
from the Diaspora to make sure that our families and friends back home can have a reliable,
cleaner and resilient grid?