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  • In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall two weeks apart and destroyed much of Puerto Rico’s electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure.
  • Almost three-fourths of the energy used in Puerto Rico comes from petroleum products, which are all imported.
  • For fiscal year 2020, petroleum-fired power plants generated almost half of the island’s total electricity, imported natural gas 29%, coal 19%, and renewables 2.5%.
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake, and subsequent aftershocks, that struck Pureto Rico in January 2020 left two-thirds of the Commonwealth's residents without power. The earthquakes significantly damaged the island’s two natural gas-fired power plants.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, which was signed into law in May 2019, PREPA has to obtain 40% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025, 60% by 2040, and 100% by 2050. PREPA is also mandated to phase out coal-fired generation by 2028.

Last Updated: November 19, 2020

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Puerto Rico Energy Bureau

Negociado de Energia de Puerto Rico, Seccion de Datos y Estadisticas

Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, Data and Statistics

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Autoridad de Energia Electrica

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