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.