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Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean and should go solar, not nuclear. Nuclear and major hurricanes don’t mix!
Nuclear Power Stations require offsite power, and backup generators in the event of power failure. It’s unclear if the New Modular Technologies means Small Modular Reactors, or larger ones. If it’s “New”, then it means that Puerto Rico will be a Nuclear Guinea Pig/Nuclear Guinea Pigs. Puerto Rico is an island, so the nuclear industry probably thinks it is a good place to experiment.
“Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico to consider nuclear power
06 November 2018
The majority New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives yesterday introduced a resolution instructing the chamber’s Government Committee to investigate the possibility of building nuclear power plants on the island, Caribbean News has reported.
The party’s spokesman, Gabriel Rodríguez, said that following Hurricane Maria’s damaged to Puerto Rico’s power grid it was “imperative to look for new, more efficient and less expensive sources” of energy generation.
Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years. It came ashore on 20 September last year, with sustained winds of 155 mph, knocking out power to the entire island.
“One of the most damaged areas and which took longer to restore service was the mountainside. In my representative district #13, there were sectors where electricity was restored a year after Hurricane Maria,” the lawmaker reportedly said. Production of power from natural gas or renewable energy have been discussed publicly, but each has advantages and disadvantages, he added.
“The important thing is we do not rule out any of the options in advance, among them the production of nuclear energy,” he said, adding that “a feasibility study for its incorporation for the benefit of our citizens” has not yet been conducted.
House Resolution 1189 states that research on the incorporation of nuclear energy should include a careful look at new modular technologies for the design and operation of the plants and the safety measures required, according to the news report. If passed, the committee will have 180 days to present a report on the findings to the House of Representatives.
Rodríguez noted that there are 104 nuclear power units in operation stateside – in California, South Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, among others.
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Cheaper and more efficient is rooftop solar, not nuclear.