As the US solar industry continues its disaster-relief efforts in Puerto Rico, a new coalition established by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has released a large blueprint for restoring the island's power grid, with a focus on clean energy and resiliency.
A young New Jersey boy is learning the value of giving very early with his quest to collect toys for children of Puerto Rico, which is still in grave conditions in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
"I was part of the first group that got there, it was right after the hurricanes". "We need to act now to transform the island's power grid and provide the people of Puerto Rico with a modern and reliable electric system".
After meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts will continue to welcome people from Puerto Rico and ensure their children can continue education while the island goes through the rebuilding process.
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The group has proposed a significant overhaul of the system, including a greater emphasis on renewable power sources such as wind and solar. It's based in part on the experiences of US states following damaging storms on the mainland. The recommendations include the use of modern technology and incorporate lessons learned from the successful rebuild efforts in other regions after natural disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy in NY. The plan also would make the island's electrical grid stronger and better able to withstand future storms.
One of them, civil engineer Cynthia Rodriguez, is just back from her native Puerto Rico which took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. Currently, more than 450 NY utilities workers are on the ground in Puerto Rico, working diligently to fix the island's power grid.
Cuomo and New York Democratic House members including Reps. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, those NYPA electric utility crews embedded themselves within PREPA to assist in the triage of the power grid that included the assessment of virtually all of the island's 360 substations. "I'm so proud of my son".
She said that a shipping company was also helping them to get the toys to Puerto Rico.