New Bill Promotes Renewable Energy in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

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Three US Representatives introduced a bill on April 23 that would bring renewable energy to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), and Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) introduced the Renewable Energy for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Act. The bill would create “a grant program for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, smart grids and micro grids projects,” according to a press release. It will also provide training for residents living on the islands.

The grants will be given to nonprofit organizations, while the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories can provide technical assistance for the projects. In a statement, Congressman Lieu said that communities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were severely impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, and many had to live without electricity.

“The aftermath of the hurricanes demonstrated that the islands’…

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