Puerto Rico’s IRP Resolution a Step Forward as Work Remains

Statement from Daniel Whittle, Senior Director of Caribbean Initiatives

August 24, 2020
Matt McGee, (512) 691-3478, mmcgee@edf.org

(San Juan, Puerto Rico) Today the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (PREB) released its resolution on the Integrated Resource Plan put forward by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which will dictate the way the public utility will satisfy the demand for electric power services over the next two decades.

PREPA’s draft IRP received pushback from community groups and environmental organizations, including EDF, for failing to advance resilience and sustainability in a way that would support residents across Puerto Rico and achieve the territory’s renewable energy targets. EDF is currently reviewing PREB’s IRP resolution to provide a more detailed analysis of its contents and implications.

“The Energy Bureau’s resolution is a step forward in Puerto Rico’s journey toward a more resilient and sustainable energy system. Reimagining the grid to protect residents from future storms and disruptions is critical for improving people’s lives and the economy. We will continue working alongside local stakeholders, PREPA and the Bureau to ensure all communities have access to clean, affordable and reliable energy.”

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