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Changing the future of energy generation and distribution in Puerto Rico

Cambio is developing a non-centralized and renewable energy generation and distribution model for Puerto Rico. In the process, Cambio has succeeded in judicial actions against the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to obtain essential public data needed to design the new model.

A report of the first phase of the modelling process evaluated the capacity of PREPA’s current energy distribution resources and the wireless alternatives to avoid investments in proposed new and centralized natural gas plants.  To date, over 50,000 people have read its content and it was referenced in public hearings held by the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (PREB) on the Integrated Resources Plan, a roadmap for the development of the island’s energy system for the next 20 years.

In early 2021 Cambio will publish another report detailing findings of the second phase of the modelling which has centered around an in-depth analysis of the feasibility of rooftop solar power generation taking into account current PREPA data on generation and distribution systems.

In parallel, Cambio has successfully implemented two communication strategies reaching over 700,000 people to raise energy literacy levels among the general population and to promote civic engagement in the PREB hearings. All of these efforts have the common goal of advancing a renewable energy future for Puerto Rico based on citizen participation.

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