The Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported that the PREPARevitalización.com website is now available, containing all the public information on the Puerto Rico Electric Grid Revitalization Program that will be possible thanks to the allocation of $ 10.7 billion dollars for part of the State Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA approved $ 10.7 billion of funds to the public corporation to repair and modernize its electrical grid.
“These federal funds are key for our PREPA Revitalization Program (PRP) to make the necessary repairs and improvements in our communities,” said engineer Efran Paredes Maisonet, PREPA’s executive director. “This is a unique opportunity to modernize and transform the electrical infrastructure and as such, it will be a priority for our team ”.
The PRP contains the infrastructure modernization plan that will be developed over a 10-year period. This, which was submitted to FEMA and approved last December, will lead to the reconstruction of the island’s electrical system at the height of current standards that allow it to resist any natural disaster. Together with FEMA, the Federal Department of Housing (HUD) and PREPA, the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) will also work.
“Our partnership and coordination with FEMA, HUD, and COR3 during the Revitalization Program process is essential,” Paredes added. “We are not only focused on repairing the damage caused after natural disasters, but we also want to provide a safe, reliable and sustainable infrastructure for all of Puerto Rico in the future,” concluded the engineer.
Among the planned improvement initiatives, the PRP includes the replacement of thousands of miles of transmission and distribution cables, electrical substations and generation systems.
The official added that “as of January 1, 2021, the initial stage of several projects around the island began, as all municipalities will be impacted.” Citizens will be able to stay informed about the scope of the plan through the new website PREPARevitalización.com.