Puerto Rico passes 100% renewable energy bill as it aims for storm resilience

The Puerto Rico state legislature adopted on Monday a bill that would set a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2050 as part of a broader package of energy reforms.

The U.S. territory will join Hawaii, California and Washington, D.C., with its 100% RPS target, which includes interim goals of 40% renewables by 2025 and 50% by 2040. Similar to Hawaii’s island economy, Puerto Rico’s energy customers faced high prices from importing fossil fuels for power generation as well as resilience issues from extreme weather and vulnerable transmission infrastructure.

SB 1121 was delayed after the House left session March 18 without approving the unified version of the bipartisan bill. The bill awaits Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s signature.

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