Rick Perry

Severe power failures in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean spur new interest in renewables

Severe power failures in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean spur new interest in renewables

The ongoing electricity disaster in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria - and on several other Caribbean islands slammed at full force by strong storms - is driving new interest in ways of shifting island power grids toward greater reliance on wind, solar and even, someday, large batteries.

"For the most part, these island grids were completely devastated, and it will be four to six months before most of them can power their islands completely again," said Chris Burgess, director of projects for the Islands Energy Program at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Adding more renewables, and moving away from centralized power grids to more so-called...

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