Researchers present their vision for the future of electric infrastructure in PR

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Professors and researchers of electric power systems and power electronics presented their collective and personal vision of a sustainable energy future for Puerto Rico; hoping this strongly supported input would steer the decision-making process. The proposal includes distributed rooftop photovoltaic systems, solar communities, and microgrids, combined with effective demand response programs and energy storage, to transform the electric infrastructure in Puerto Rico. They argue that keeping the same type of electric system and simply transferring it from public to private hands will not resolve the electricity challenges. Replacement of fossil fuel-based generation must be made within existing power plants, in sites that are already environmentally impacted, and where Puerto Rico has leverage to negotiate better agreements with private investors.

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