Podcast: Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electricity system democratically

Host John Farrell talks with Marcel Castro Sitiriche, co-director of CoHemis at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, about the challenges Puerto Rico faces in building a clean and resilient energy system. They also discuss:

  • The impact of hurricane Maria and why it took nearly a year to restore power to some residents of the island after the storm.
  • Using the framework of customer hours of lost electricity service to calculate the impact of hurricane Maria and compare it to other storms.
  • How solar and storage can be instrumental in making Puerto Rico’s energy system more resilient.
  • The impact of Puerto Rico’s colonial past on its present effort to build an energy system for everyone.
  • Clean energy legislation in Puerto Rico and near term opportunities to create a more distributed energy system.


We’re talking about the benefit of people. And I think that’s something that we can agree on, that we should  focus on the people aspect of energy.

This article originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely updates, follow John Farrell on Twitter or get the Energy Democracy weekly update.

Previous articleWhy Does One Minnesota Utility Have a Love / Hate Relationship with Community Solar?
Next articleIn Michigan, developer cancels plan for large Upper Peninsula wind project

No posts to display