Puerto Rico's Fossil Fuel Power Plants Fared Better Than Solar and Wind, Say Feds

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Puerto Rico's Fossil Fuel Power Plants Fared Better Than Solar and Wind, Say Feds


Siciliano, John, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Puerto Rico's power plants that use coal, oil, and natural gas are operating at nearly 100 percent, while nearly 80 percent of wind farms are still out of commission after last year's hurricane season, the federal government said this week.

The Energy Information Administration, the analysis wing of the Energy Department, included Puerto Rico for the first time ever this week as part of its national monthly reporting on existing, closed, and proposed power plants.

“Much of Puerto Rico’s electricity infrastructure was damaged during hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017,” EIA said in its first report including the U.S. island territory.

But the long half-year slog to restore electricity service to the island has been fruitful, particularly for its fossil and hydro-electric power plants.

Over 99 percent of the hydro-electric and fossil-fueled power plants in Puerto Rico reported their status as operational as of April, according to the new report.

"All of the power plants built in Puerto Rico from 1960 through 2009 that are still operating are powered by fossil fuels, mainly petroleum," according to the agency's report. …

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