After the Hurricanes, Can We Rebuild a Stronger, Greener Grid?

Slate | By Eleanor Cummins | September 27 2017

Post-earthquake Japan and monsoon-battered India aren’t just repairing their grids - they’re improving them. It’s time for hurricane-battered Americans to do the same.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it destroyed the island’s sole electrical grid, killing more than 90 percent of the distribution network that connects consumers to their source of power. Experts currently estimate that much of the island won’t regain its connection for the next six months. And up north, Hurricane Irma’s historic winds put Florida in the dark, as 4 million utility accounts lost power from Miami to Tampa.

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