by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News
When Hurricane Maria shattered Puerto Rico’s power grid in 2017, it set off the longest major blackout in U.S. history. The island territory’s political leaders faced a choice: rebuild the long-troubled centralized electric grid, which had been powered largely by imported diesel fuel and coal, or ditch the costly fuel imports and start over by building a more resilient grid powered by clean energy.
This week, Puerto Rico’s legislature chose clean energy. It passed an ambitious renewable energy bill that attempts to put the territory on a fast track to generating all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he would sign the bill into law. “While leaders across the country are talking about how to best innovate and integrate renewable energy into their economy, today we’re proud to say we’re actually doing it,” he said.
This rapid and costly remake of the islands’ power supply won’t be easy, though.
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