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Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the
. . . Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA),
. . . indicated the utility has created a “transformation plan,”
. . . to improve service.

Ramos’s new plan lacks specifics,
. . . but includes 2 key components:
. . . . . . better distribution of power plants throughout the island, and
. . . . . . the implementation of microgrids, that serve fewer customers,
. . . . . . but can keep the lights on when the main grid fails.

A key benefit of such a setup is,
. . . that it can operate as part of the main grid,
. . . or function autonomously.
Microgrids, can be powered by:
. . . . . . diesel-burning generators,
. . . . . . or a combination of fossil fuels,
. . . . . . and/or renewable energy sources, such as
. . . . . . solar,
. . . . . . and/or wind,
. . . . . . and/or batteries.

“Another reason, microgrids are a good option for Puerto Rico,
. . . is that there are hard-to-reach places on the island,
. . . where [PREPA] said it would never be able to deliver power.”
Those residents live off the main grid, and
. . . . already rely mostly on portable generators for electricity.
But, Fossil Fuels, must be imported, and
. . . are very expensive.
The old Fossil Fuel Grid, drove Puerto Rico,
. . . $9 Billion dollars in debt.

Within 24 hours of the press conference,
. . . a transmission line supposedly repaired a few days earlier failed,
. . . plunging San Juan, and several other cities,
. . . back into darkness until power could once again be restored in the following days.

11-14-2017 Source:  #Puerto Rico Electric Power


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