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Thu Oct 24, 2019, 08:36 PM

Puerto Rico unveils $20 billion plan to revamp island's power grid

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS OCTOBER 24, 2019 / 6:29 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Puerto Rico unveils $20 billion plan to revamp island's power grid

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico’s undependable power network would be modernized and decentralized under a $20.3 billion, 10-year plan announced on Thursday by government officials of the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth.

The so-called GridMod plan, developed with federal, local and private sector input, targets repair and reconstruction measures designed to strengthen the network and ensure its resilience against natural disasters like the devastating hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico in 2017, according to a statement from Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s office.

“The GridMod Plan will provide the safe, modern and resilient electricity network that our communities need and deserve,” the governor said, adding that an improved power network will help boost the island’s economy.

Puerto Rico and its electric power authority known as PREPA filed for bankruptcy in 2017 just months before hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the power grid.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico/puerto-rico-unveils-20-billion-plan-to-revamp-islands-power-grid-idUSKBN1X32R1

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