Venezuela may be the new Puerto Rico!
- April 22, 2019
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Reports from various agencies both in and outside of Venezuela indicate that it may take a year or more to fix the electrical grid.
Similar to Puerto Rico, the electric grid has not had adequate maintenance or care for more than a decade (some would argue in both cases more than 20 years).
No hurricane took down Venezuela, rather pure lack of maintenance let the system collapse. Some workers did everything they could to keep it working (similar to Puerto Rico) but like Puerto Rico it lacked consistent focus on maintenance and monitoring.
While I feel for both the citizens of Puerto Rico and Venezuela, I am worried that the current regulatory environment in the US and Europe is placing too much focus on DER and not enough on maintenance of the infrastructure.
While the top 10% of income earners can afford to leave the grid, the other 90% can not. What percentage of our citizens are we willing to leave in the dark by not focusing on maintaining and upgrading the grid (while also facilitates more DER if done right)?