While there was little anyone could do to totally prepare for the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico was particularly vulnerable to destruction. The storm destroyed the island’s power grid and left Puerto Ricans without power for months. To better address the island’s power needs, Puerto Rico has just announced plans for a new power grid that will do a better job of standing up to natural disasters like hurricanes.
Even before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s power grid needed repairs and updates to keep up with the increasing demand. Although the grid was eventually restored after the storm, it remains incredibly vulnerable. To address this concern, Puerto Rico just announced new energy plans to upgrade the island’s power system. Of all of the modern advancements in the plan, the most exciting change for Puerto Ricans may be the installation of MiniGrids.
Instead of one large centralized energy grid, the island will develop “eight largely self-sufficient electric islands” called MiniGrids. By dividing up the electrical grids, the island can decrease the likelihood of losing power across the entire island. If several MiniGrids are damaged, there will still be other grids available to power the most crucial resources.
As helpful as a new power grid will be for Puerto Rico, it does little to help property owners still trying to rebuild after suffering Hurricane Maria damage. While the downed electrical grid made it difficult for property owners to file insurance claims, once they managed to actually file their claims, they discovered insurance companies were in no hurry to pay out. As the island currently stands, many property owners remain unable to reopen their businesses or make repairs to their buildings because insurance companies have delayed or underpaid their claims.
The island’s new power grid illustrates the ongoing tremendous need across Puerto Rico to rebuild Hurricane Maria damage. Even though it’s been over a year and a half since the storm, recovery is still in progress.
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