The island of Puerto Rico is looking into recommendations from a report, “Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico”. The report recommends policy reforms in order to build a more resilient electric power system with the objective to be less dependent on fossil fuels imports and decrease operational costs. This improvement is crucial after the severe hurricane damage to the electricity system. The reforms, if implemented, will promote a modernised grid which includes renewable energy technologies, central control systems, and advanced sensors to resist Category 4 hurricanes.
Puerto Rico’s energy sector is limited by outdated equipment and has faced many political and financial challenges that have hindered its modernisation over the years. However, microgrids have become a key element in facing challenges and finding better solutions. The energy reform of Puerto Rico aims to consume at least 20 per cent of its total energy consumption from renewables.