Exploring resilience narratives before and after climate disruption: the case of Puerto Rico’s energy transition.

Authors: Ibrahim Lopez Hernandez*, Northeastern University, Laura Kuhl, Northeastern University, Shalanda Baker, Northeastern University
Topics: Energy, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: Resilience, Energy Transitions, Governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Puerto Rico has been undergoing an energy transition towards greater renewable energy generation, system resilience and decentralization. Throughout the reforms presented before the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria on September 2018, the narrative for changing the Puerto Rican energy system was predominantly focused on the cost of electricity and climate change mitigation, with a noticeable lack of reference to resilience (both infrastructural and societal). This paper sets out to explore the contrast that may exist between narratives of pre-climate disruption reforms and the current energy reform taking place in the Puerto Rican energy system. The analysis of narratives around resilience will provide a clearer picture on what factors have influenced the adoption of this concept by policymakers, as well as to ascertain whether resilience has taken precedence over electricity costs after climate disruption.

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