Inside Puerto Rico’s Quest for 100% Renewables: A Clash Over Natural Gas

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The number of jurisdictions pursuing 100 percent renewables keeps growing. 

Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published a proposal, “Queremos Sol,” that outlines a path to all-renewables by the same year. 

Agreement on the territory’s energy system seems to have coalesced around a renewable portfolio standard and timeline.   

“I can’t think of any entity that’s said it’s opposed to 100 percent renewables by 2050. That certainly is progress,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which contributed to the Queremos Sol report. “That’s a consensus that didn’t exist before the hurricane.”

It’s taken months to get to this point. And while the