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Puerto Rico's hurricane destruction lights the way for new energy

Federal funds can be used to re-invent power grid to one relying more on local wind, solar and batteries

Hurricane Maria left the entire island of Puerto Rico and its 3.4 million residents without power and destroyed 80 per cent of its transmission and distribution infrastructure, according to the Department of Energy.


HURRICANE Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's antiquated and bankrupt electrical system, leaving millions in the dark and utility crews scrambling to help.

Now some politicians and renewable energy investors see a golden opportunity in the crisis to use federal funds to re-...

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