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Rethinking electric power, prompted by politics and disaster

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Hybrid buses at the King County Metro yard in Tukwila, Wash. The agency, which serves Seattle, has been a leader in electrifying its fleet. /Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

By Kirk Johnson | The New York Times

Lilo Danielle Pozzo, who teaches chemical engineering at the University of Washington, grew up in Puerto Rico. So when Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, it felt, she said, like a perfect alignment of needs and expertise: Professor Pozzo studies batteries and electrical storage systems at the university’s Clean Energy Institute, and Puerto Rico, a place she loves, had just seen its power grid destroyed.

She led a team from the institute to a remote mountain community called Jayuya that was still completely without power two months after the disaster. “We want to see what we can contribute,” she said.



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  1. jim stack says:

    Tesla has restored power the a Children’s Hospital, small businesses and many homes with Clean Solar power and long lasting non toxic battery systems. The GRID may take 6 months to a year and is very dirty and wasteful. The Solar PV and batteries systems are also less cost.

    Puerto Rico imports all their fuel which is very expensive and dirty. Solar is great for everyone.

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