Organizing Community Microgrids in Puerto Rico
The financial bankruptcy of the Puerto Rican government in June 2017, followed by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in October 2017 destroyed the Puerto Rican electricity system and led to one of the longest blackouts in world history. In order to rebuild and reform the electricity system, the P.R. governor and legislature have proposed privatization of the electricity utility (PREPA) and have issued new regulations to encourage the development of more resilient microgrids. During 2018 — while key decisions about financing, technology, and regulation are being made -- DUSP workshop and practicum classes have focused on developing an integrated technical, financial, and community organizing plan towards a resilient and environmentally just electricity system for the communities of Salinas and Guayama.