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Puerto Rico Is A Man-Made Disaster

HuffPost-Jan 29, 2018
If the response to this year's hurricanes has taught us anything, it's that the agencies charged with assisting the Puerto Ricans are underfunded, understaffed and overextended. Take, for example, the federal response to the housing problem on the island. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collected tarps ...
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Charter schools and the future of Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico's government, under pressure from Washington, D.C., is following the script of the "shock doctrine" after the devastation and chaos following ... One of the main problems with the corporate model of education is that it destroys the teaching profession and the pedagogical process, turning it into a ...
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Puerto Rico's blackout, the largest in American history, explained

Vox-Feb 8, 2018
We're talking about Puerto Rico, in the throes of the longest and largest blackout in US history following Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm with 150 mph ... it happens in the electricity grid — what engineers say is the largest, most complex machine ever built — it quickly becomes a byzantine problem.
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The problem with Puerto Rico

Washington Times-Jan 25, 2018
Even before being wrecked by hurricane damage, Puerto Rico was a mess. Things were so out of control Congress and President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of appointing an oversight board to take charge, hoping it would act decisively and prevent the Puerto Rican government from going ...
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Half of Puerto Rico's housing was built illegally. Then came ...

Miami Herald-Feb 14, 2018
But as much as half the housing on the island was built without permits, Puerto Rico government officials say. ..... Márquez García, who in an electoral surprise shortly before Maria ousted a longtime mayor accused of corruption and misspending, blames the ... “The problem in Puerto Rico is not the codes.
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Neglect, Corruption Left Puerto Rico's Power Grid Ripe for Failure, Observers Say

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — 

Individuals long familiar with the inner workings of Puerto Rico's publicly owned power authority say it should come as no surprise that the island was left entirely without electric power by Hurricane Maria or that, more than two months later, more than half its residents are still without electricity.

The late September storm hit the U.S. territory with unprecedented strength, leveling buildings and even whole forests with winds in excess of 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph). But former and current officials of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) say a decades-long culture of neglect and corruption had left the system unnecessarily vulnerable to Maria.

Long before Maria, signs of the power grid's delicate state were everywhere. During Hurricanes Hugo in 1989 and George in 1998, Puerto Ricans were left without power for up to three weeks, especially in remote areas. On September 21, 2016 — a year to the day before Maria left the island — a fire in PREPA's southern Aguirre plant caused an island-wide blackout for six days.

Former senior PREPA executives and other analysts pointed to several long-standing problems that contributed to the system's collapse and painfully slow recovery:

● The vast majority of power lines in Puerto Rico are suspended on reinforced concrete poles designed to withstand winds of between 225 and 240 kph, meaning they should have held up through most of Maria's blast. But, according to former PREPA Executive Director Josue Colon, cable and telecommunications companies have been allowed to string their own fiber-optic cables on the poles, reducing their wind load capacity by an average of 80 kph.

Existing law requires these companies to coordinate with PREPA, but all too often, Colon said, they "just do what they want" without proper oversight or regulation.

● Generating units in Puerto Rico's petroleum-based electrical system date back, on average, 45 years, compared with the U.S. national average of 18 years. When asked, in an interview with local media in 2015, to assess the condition of PREPA's physical assets, a representative of a New York-based consulting firm said they were the worst of any corporation she had previously seen or worked with.

● Once the storm hit, the local government was slow in activating its energy restoration plan. The U.S. company initially hired to repair the grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings, wasn't contracted until six days after Maria, and its crews did not begin arriving on the island until October 2 — 12 days after the power was knocked out. Florida, in contrast, had mobilized thousands of crews from around the country to begin work the day after Hurricane Irma subsided that same month.

PREPA's executive director is required by law to report by May 31 each year on steps that have been taken to prepare for hurricanes or "other atmospheric disturbances." That plan should include details of companies that have been contracted to initiate repairs in the case of a storm.

However Senator Carmelo Rios, majority speaker in the Puerto Rico legislature, said in a radio interview this month that this year's report was not filed until August 30 — less than three weeks before Maria struck — and that it falsely claimed the utility was fully prepared to deal with any contingency. Neither the governor's office nor that of PREPA Executive Director Ricardo Ramos responded to VOA's requests for comment.

● An individual with personal knowledge of PREPA's workings, who declined to be identified while talking about company-employee relations, described systemic corruption that has allowed critical equipment to deteriorate while highly paid and underperforming employees are protected.

Reports that date back over 25 years, prepared by engineers charged with overseeing the corporation's operations, show that PREPA employees on average perform only two hours of useful work per day. Yet a menial custodial position can pay upward of $90,000 a year with generous benefits.

UTIER, the union representing PREPA employees, has also negotiated severe restrictions on what employees can be asked to do, creating inefficiencies. Drivers, for instance, cannot help with any other work, even if that means they must wait and watch while others work.

UTIER did not respond to repeated requests for comment from VOA.

Changes in governing board

Inconsistent PREPA leadership has compounded other problems, with a new territorial administration appointing a new PREPA governing board every four years since 2000. This has affected PREPA's ability to design, implement and execute a long-term strategic plan to solve its fiscal problems and prepare for emergencies.

The same type of problems that contributed to the island-wide blackout now threaten to plague the recovery effort.

Numerous local officials and environmental activists have argued strongly in favor of replacing the destroyed infrastructure with a decentralized electric grid, developing hundreds if not thousands of microgrids that can provide power to smaller sectors closer to where the power is being generated.

However, Colon points out that a network of seven such grids was already established across Puerto Rico as an emergency backup, but it was inoperable after Maria because of a lack of maintenance. He blames this on draconian austerity measures implemented by Alix Partners, the New York consulting firm brought in three years ago as PREPA neared insolvency.

VOA reached out to Alix Partners for comment by email, Facebook and Twitter but did not receive a reply.

The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that power in Puerto Rico may not be fully restored until March. Governor Ricardo Rossello, however, has publicly stated his goal of restoring power to 90 percent of the island before Christmas.

In reality, when power will be fully restored in the U.S territory is anybody's guess.

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Project Loon team gave Puerto Rico connectivity—and assembled a ...

Ars Technica-Feb 18, 2018
The routine Ramírez Lugo shared highlighted another crucial (re)building block for disaster recovery, one that has now joined general infrastructure and health needs: connectivity. With the vast amount of electrical grid and ground towers damaged, FEMA estimates put cell service availability at a mere 60 ...
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Two Philanthropic Approaches to Strengthening Puerto Rico

Nonprofit Quarterly-Feb 13, 2018
NPQ recently talked to two foundation executives in Puerto Rico about philanthropic investments on the island, especially post-Hurricane Maria, and found that while both are focused on strengthening the ... Another is creating access to the power grid, education, and health in a sustainable manner. Special ...
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Parts of Puerto Rico have been in the dark for 152 days, 14 hours ...

Washington Post-Oct 11, 2017
Residents have relied on portable generators as workers across the island try to repair the damaged electrical grid. In the days after Maria, many ... Vehicles travel along a dark street in an area without electricity after Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 27. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News).
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Neglect, Corruption Left Puerto Rico's Power Grid Ripe for Failure ...

Voice of America-Nov 30, 2017
But former and current officials of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) say a decades-long culture of neglect and corruption had left the ... PREPA executives and other analysts pointed to several long-standing problems that contributed to the system's collapse and painfully slow recovery:.
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Logistics Complicate Puerto Rico's Electric Grid Recovery

IEEE Spectrum-Sep 27, 2017
Like a careless driver in a fast car, Hurricane Irma plowed through the Leeward Islands in early September. It sideswiped Puerto Rico, knocking out electric power to 1 million people. It ran over Caribbean resort islands including Saint Kitts and Saint Martin, then skidded north at Key West. Careening up the ...
How to Get Power to the People of Puerto Rico
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Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options

Scientific American-Nov 13, 2017
It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Rico's aging power grid and 54 days since Hurricane Maria finished the job, leaving nearly all .... a subsidiary of Oklahoma City–based Mammoth Energy, $200 million even though the small firm has little experience with disaster recovery.
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Puerto Rico is starting to take solar power more seriously

Vox-Oct 19, 2017
On Tuesday, in a tense hearing about the the island's slow recovery, he told lawmakers that the Isla del Sol now wants solar energy to provide as much ... The utility spiraled in debt and barely kept up with maintaining the power grid, let alone modernizing Puerto Rico's energy system, as outlined in a 2016 ...
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Puerto Rico Could Be Left Without Electricity for Months. Here's ...

TIME-Sep 20, 2017
The entire island is now in a total blackout as a result of the storm, with recovery in some parts not expected for an extended period of time. “Once we're able to go outside, ... Puerto Rico's power grid was already in bad shape even before the 2017 hurricane season. PREPA's power plants are 44 years old ...
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