Build Back Better for Puerto Rico: Options for the power grid December 21, 2017 | By Jared Leader Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with the single largest and longest power outage in U.S. history, leaving residents without access to critical resources such as clean water, healthcare, law enforcement and emergency systems. In response, Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York combined efforts for a grid restoration plan to build back a better, reliable, and more resilient power grid. The governors formed the Puerto Rico Energy Resiliency Working Group who developed a detailed report for grid rebuild while envisioning a transformed electric power system built with increased distributed energy resources (DERs), modern grid technologies, while decreasing dependence on fossil fuels. “Building Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico” covers everything from damage assessments to recommendations for DER while developing both short and long-term plans. The Smart Electric Power Alliance helped form the building back better vision by combining DER expertise with on-island coordination to provide Puerto Rico with the recommendations they need for deploying DERs for cost savings and resiliency. Based on data collections and conversations with government authorities and utility-volunteers on-island, SEPA developed a hypothetical deployment strategy and economic modeling of microgrids for specific critical facilities and remote communities. Hypothetical Islanding of Critical Facilities (Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance) Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Author Jared Leader Senior Associate, Advisory Services Jared Leader joined SEPA in June 2017, where he joins SEPA’s Advisory Services team of experts consulting with multiple utility clients researching, designing and implementing renewable energy programs and business models. Engagements involve community solar and green tariff program design, facilitating industry stakeholder engagement workshops and microgrid planning and preliminary economic analysis. Jared is the staff lead for SEPA’s Microgrid Working Group and co-leads SEPA’s consulting engagement with the D.C. Public Service Commission facilitating the grid modernization (MEDSIS) working group process in the District. Prior to joining SEPA, Jared spent three years as a consultant at Arcadis US. Jared was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of several environmental programs for both municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors. Jared holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Virginia, where he conducted research on algae-based bio-fuels and focused in sustainable practice. He is currently earning his MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.