Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

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A bill in the hurricane-battered territory’s legislature allows for privately owned natural gas plants in the short-term. Some fear that could crowd out renewables.

As Puerto Rico rebuilds from last year’s hurricanes, lawmakers on the island territory have introduced an ambitious clean energy bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050.

Environmental advocates praised the proposed legislation’s long-term target, but they are raising concerns about its emphasis on establishing privately owned natural gas power generation in the short-term, and about the beleaguered public utility’s ability to meet the renewable energy goal.

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