Opinion

Gil Quiniones on re-powering Puerto Rico

By City & State |  

October 17, 2017 |  

(Judy Sanders / Office of the Governor)

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, it’s difficult to get a clear picture of the storm’s devastation to the island’s power grid. Gil Quiniones, the president of the New York Power Authority, was among a delegation of New York officials that visited the island and has deployed a team of volunteers to help Puerto Rico get back its electricity. Quiniones joins us this week to paint a vivid picture of the damage to Puerto Rico’s power grid, and how long it might take to get electricity back for the island's 3.5 million residents. Quiniones lays out the island’s difficult task of modernizing and hardening its electrical grid to account for future storms, and details what the federal government is doing to help Puerto Rico get back on its feet.

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