HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

Climate Change & Power Outages: Update, Puerto Rico

September 23, 2017

It’s estimated that Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people are still without power after being hit three days ago with Hurricane Maria, a category 5 hurricane. The recent surge of hurricanes and tropical storms are directly related to climate change because of the warmer ocean and air temperatures. Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz expects it to take months to fix the outage. Hurricane Maria has also left Dominica without any power. Some of St Croix’s power is back on. The past few weeks, three massive hurricanes have been fatal and have caused widespread destruction. But the loss of electricity is the most threatening. Hurricane Irma’s power outage total in the U.S. came close to topping the total from Sandy in 2012, which was 8.7 million customers or about 20 million people.

About a year ago an article in the Washington Post reported on the advantages of building underground energy transmission systems to avoid this exact dire situation.  An underground high voltage direct current (HVDC) network would safeguard electricity from destructive storms, an ever increasing weather event reflecting the effects of climate change. Today, the prospects for those in Puerto Rico with electricity means no food, no running water, no gasoline, could be fatal to many.

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


More Posts Like This


SCOTUS Poised to Handcuff the EPA

In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Climate Change Effects in NYC by City Tech Blogger Orel Jeffrey

New York City is one of the most resourceful cities in the United States. Since the 1970s, the effects of climate change have become more apparent.  Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels and more snow and rain are a few of the effects experienced. While a number of investments

Take action in the fight against climate change