‘Blueprint to Keep a U.S. Commonwealth Addicted to Imported Fuel’

first_img‘Blueprint to Keep a U.S. Commonwealth Addicted to Imported Fuel’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arianna Skibell for E&E:An industry institute this week bashed the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s new 20-year energy plan as a “deeply unimaginative blueprint to keep a U.S. Commonwealth addicted to imported fuel.”For the first time in its 75-year existence, the U.S. territory’s government-owned utility submitted a public integrated resource plan (IRP), a long-term strategy for electricity generation on the island.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis this week issued a statement calling the IRP fundamentally flawed, as it does not envision a time when Puerto Rico would be free from imported fuel dependence.Puerto Rico today relies almost exclusively on expensive imported fossil fuels for electricity. PREPA is also the island’s largest single debtholder, with $9 billion of the $72 billion the government owes.“The only futures contemplated are those in which at least half a billion dollars is transferred out of the island every year to pay for fossil fuels,” Anna Sommer, president of Sommer Energy LLC, and Cathy Kunkel, energy analyst for IEEFA, wrote in their report submitted to PREPA.Under its “preferred scenario” in the IRP, PREPA would do little more than shift Puerto Rico from oil to natural gas, according to the report. While natural gas currently enjoys low prices, there is no guarantee of long-term affordability, it noted.Sommer and Kunkel say that instead of focusing time and resources on natural gas, PREPA should more aggressively pursue renewable development, which thus far the island hasn’t done with much success (Greenwire, May 2).“Our view is that PREPA can and should do better and that the agency should be promoting energy independence and affordability by aggressively pursuing energy-efficiency improvements and renewable-energy investments,” Sommer and Kunkel wrote.Full article ($): Group slams Puerto Rico’s plan to stick with fossil fuelslast_img

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