How Puerto Rico Can Rebuild Its Electricity System FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Politico:Months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, most of the island’s population is still without power, an unprecedented outcome for a territory in the world’s most advanced nation. The destruction is so great that Puerto Rico effectively needs to rebuild its electric power system from the ground up, an overhaul that will cost billions of dollars.The storm’s devastation is tragic, but it also provides a rare chance to reimagine the Puerto Rican power system, currently so expensive and unreliable that it has become a major obstacle to the island’s economic growth. Instead of rebuilding its current system, based heavily on outdated oil-burning plants, Puerto Rico should take advantage of the island’s geographic position, recent technological advancements and billions of dollars in federal funding to rebuild its future around renewable energy. Such an overhaul would deliver cheap, reliable energy to Puerto Rico’s residents and businesses for a generation. Puerto Rico should not pass up this opportunity.Until the system’s failure during Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico obtained approximately 48 percent of its electric power from oil-fired power stations, 33 percent from natural gas, 17 percent from coal and the balance, about 2 percent, from wind and sun. Burning oil is one of the most expensive ways to generate electricity, costing 15 to 20 cents per kilowatt hour. It’s so expensive that no other state or territory uses oil as its main source of power. Consequently, Puerto Rico’s electricity prices are a whopping 80 percent to 100 percent higher than those of the rest of the country, which imposes extra costs on businesses and consumers, curtailing growth on the island.The island could dramatically reduce its electricity costs by switching its power sources from oil to solar and wind. In Puerto Rico, the sun shines an average of 7.44 hours per day and the trade winds are plentiful, making the island perfectly situated to obtain its energy from renewables and cutting electricity costs by up to 80 percent. In the Caribbean, wind and solar power are the least expensive ways of generating electricity, costing as little as 3 to 5 cents a kilowatt hour. Hawaii used to be in the same position as Puerto Rico, generating expensive electricity from oil, but it recently invested in an all-renewable system, which is set to be completed in 2045.The benefits would touch every corner of the island. Lower energy costs would cut power bills for Puerto Rico’s citizens, who are some of the poorest people in the U.S., and give them extra money to spend on restaurants and retail outlets. It would also attract more businesses to the island, where stratospherically costly and unreliable power supplies are a major disincentive to economic development. Clean air would also improve the island as a tourist destination, providing another boost to its struggling economy.Solar power could also increase the resilience of power supplies in Puerto Rico. Rooftop and land arrays near users would minimize the need for long-range power lines, which are inevitably damaged in the Caribbean’s frequent storms. Short low-voltage power lines can even be buried underground, making them immune to storm damage. Because solar and wind power must be stored for use when neither is available, storage capacity is needed to smooth out power fluctuations, an argument that critics often use against renewables. But recent technological improvements have enabled cheap, easy storage of solar and wind power, an approach now being used in Hawaii. California is also following this model as it pushes hard toward an energy system dominated by renewable power. Tesla recently supplied the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery to South Australia to smooth out its intermittent wind power, and it has publicly offered to do the same for Puerto Rico.Critics argue that renewable energy is very capital-intensive relative to fossil fuels, imposing huge upfront costs on states and territories. But these capital costs are manageable since wind and solar power have no subsequent fuel or operating costs. Building a solar or wind power station is like prepaying your electric bills for the next quarter-century: You pay everything upfront and then enjoy a financial respite for the life of the plant. Any extra capital costs will be recouped from fuel savings.In addition, Puerto Rico has a ready source of funds to rebuild its power system: the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies are likely to distribute billions of dollars of aid to the island in response to the hurricanes. If the funding is properly structured, Puerto Rico could invest that money in renewables, modernizing its failing power system without imposing huge costs on the cash-strapped island, which, due to its huge debt levels, is unlikely to be able to raise the necessary capital in financial markets.A smart administration could even leverage the resources of the federal government to jump-start this energy transformation, providing Puerto Rico with a grant or loan to finance the new power system. On November 28, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to do just that, calling it a “Marshall Plan” for Puerto Rico. If congressional Republicans reject his proposal, they could instead encourage independent power producers to set up new power stations by providing favorable tax treatment for their earnings, such as a tax exemption for the first 10 years.The entire cost of the project would be around $10 billion, a large amount but relatively small compared with the $100 billion losses from Hurricane Maria. After all, Puerto Rico must spend billions of dollars to replace its destroyed power system anyway. Investing in renewables would not only provide affordable power to Puerto Rico but also provide security against future storms that inevitably, and increasingly, batter the islands and would make the island a model for successful next-generation technologies.More: How to fix Puerto Rico’s power system
Iranian frigate “Jamaran” is seen during naval drills in December 2019. IRIB TV/AFP/File The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television’s website said. TEHRAN – An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the United States in Gulf waters. Nineteen crewmen were killed and 15 injured in an “accident” during the exercises, the armed forces said, without elaborating. The vessel had been towed ashore for “technical investigations”, it said in a statement, calling on people to “avoid speculation” until further information is released. (AFP) “The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said the channel.
Tissue taken from a body washed up on a Co Donegal beach is to be analysed in an effort to unlock a 28 year mystery.It follows the opening of an inquest today to discover if the body is that of Noel McGlynn of Ballaghderg, Letterkenny.Mr McGlynn, 26, went missing on June 17, 1983 and was never seen again. Just nine days later, on June 26, a body was found on a beach in Dunfanaghy.The body was buried in an unmarked grave at the local Holycross Graveyard.Now the brother of the missing man believes it was his body which was washed up and buried in the unmarked grave.Yesterday’s inquest heard from a number of witnesses connected with the case.William Sheridan, a member of Sheephaven Sub Aqua Diving Club, recalled how he was alerted to a body which had been washed up near Horn Head on June 26th, 1983.He revealed how a member of the public had alerted them when they were diving and they managed to remove the body from rocks before the tide washed it back to sea.James McGlynn said he was convinced the body is that of his brother whom he last seen at the family home having tea and then tidying his room.He recalled how his brother had been admitted to St.Conal’s Psychiatric Hospital in Letterkenny a short time earlier and was suffering from depression.“I am not completely sure it is him but I am 90% sure it is him because of the timeframe,” he said.Mr McGlynn was shown pictures of his late brother and of the unidentified body.Pathologist David Barry revealed how he carried out a post mortem on the unidentified body the day after it was washed up.He said there was no sign of a violent death but there was no way of identifying a cause of death.He put the age of the body as between 40 and 50 years, of medium build and was balding.Although this did not completely tally with Mr.McGynn’s appearance, Dr Barry said he could not rule out that it was not him.Coroner John Cannon said he was reluctant to order an exhumation of the unidentified body.However he said he was satisfied that tissue samples taken from the unidentified body could be matched with saliva samples taken from Jim McGlynn by Gardai and solve the mystery.He adjourned the case until January 17th next.EndsTISSUE TAKEN FROM DONEGAL BODY COULD UNLOCK 28 YEAR MYSTERY was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyCoroner John CannonDunfanaghyHolycross GraveyardJIm McGlynnNoel McGlynn
HE’S one of the best players in the country himself.But Paul Flynn reckons there’s no-one better than DCU team-mate Michael Murphy.Click play to watch the interview.And to see Murphy’s Banana Kick Point… DDTV VIDEO: ‘MURPHY IS BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY’ – SAYS FLYNN was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: ‘MURPHY IS BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY’ – SAYS FLYNN