My personal opinion would be to add way more of renewables in to the mix.
Everyone keeps talking about solar and wind. Sure, use batteries as "base load", but, since I am far away, and have not been fortunate enough to visit P.R. before, I will take an "arm chair" approach.
There is NO mention of WAVE POWER.
It makes no sense for an island nation to not consider it, it will not take up valuable land space - Solar farms need a fair amount of space, wind farms, have health issues correlated with them in regards to infra-sound, depending on which study you adhere to.
Both Solar and Wind are the pin-up babies of renewables, and I get that, but there are many other forms of renewables too.
What about Geothermal? Is that an option for this island, since it lies at the boundary between the Caribbean and North American plates, theoretically, there should be a viable option for that option too, of which can also provide base load without the need for extra battery capacity.
So, here are some links, for wave technology,
Since I am located in Australia, here is a Wiki link:
There are two versions, up to CETO 5, you would have pipes etc and generation and water desalination on-shore due to the water pressure. With CETO 6, it will house the power production within the buoy, so electricity production will be made off-shore and water desalination will be powered by the electricity produced.
Here are some other technologies that use wave power:
I believe that the people of Puerto Rico, deserve something better now, since this is an opportunity to shine and become independent of fuel for electricity production.
The draw back offcourse, is, that fossil fuel is cheaper to implement on the short term, but more expensive on the long term due to consistent expenses and fuel fluctuations.
Let transportation means be for now what will need fuel to run.
Base load to be handled by Wave, Geothermal and Batteries, and production to be supplemented by Wind and Solar.
I also agree with you @steve.taranovich, it would be a great opportunity to dig trenches and pipe everything underground for cables and infrastructure, as this will also help in the future as it will reduce incidents of power/ telephone (landline)/ internet disruptions. They could theoretically become an energy producer and net exporter even, i.e. to other islands in the region.
@DaveR1234---You are correct----the power infrastructure has two parts---generating and distribution. I only discussed the generation part but it is obvious that underground cable is best for Puerto Rico. Or, another alternative is more local/regional power plants---with undergraound transmission as well But the powers at hand had better start soon!
Neither proposal addressed power distribution. I was in Puerto Rico many years ago and was struck by the overhead power line mess. There were areas where you could barly see the sky (exaggeration!) and It probably got a lot worse since then. I'm guessing the recent storm did as much damage to the distribution as it did to generation.
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