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By John Bowden, The Hill President Trump on Tuesday blasted politicians in Puerto Rico, calling them incompetent while saying the “best thing” that ever happened for the island is “President Donald J. Trump.” In a pair of tweets, which came just hours after the Senate rejected dueling disaster aid proposals on Monday amid a fight… read more

By Kelsey Snell, NPR There are few things Democrats and Republicans in Congress usually agree on, but one of them is rushing federal money to victims of natural disasters. That sentiment crumbled this week when the Senate failed to advance two separate disaster funding bills. Both included bipartisan funding to help relieve damage across the… read more

By: Peter Asmus, Forbes In the past, government support for microgrids has been fragmented, often hodge-podge collections of regulations, standards, and public policy. With the extreme weather events hitting the US over the past 8 years, states—as well as Puerto Rico—have enacted new programs designed to bolster grid resilience through microgrids. What can the world… read more

By Adrian Florido, NPR César Díaz felt lucky that only a couple of leaks had sprung in his ceiling, even though Hurricane Maria tore the zinc panels off much of his roof. His real troubles began about a year after the storm, when a crew hired by Puerto Rico’s housing department showed up to make… read more

By James Ellsmoor, Forbes After the catastrophe caused by 2017’s Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans were left without electricity for months. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has put forward a plan to radically reform electricity access on the Caribbean island. The latest draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) has been greeted… read more

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News The federal government’s response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the mainland was faster and more “generous” — in terms of resources and funds — than its assistance to Puerto Rico before and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to a newly released study. By analyzing federal spending estimates… read more

By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC AUSTIN, Texas — The overwhelming majority of Latinos in Congress are Democrats and now that their party is in charge in the U.S. House, they want Puerto Rico’s recovery to be a priority. To that end, more than 30 Democratic members of Congress — mostly members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,… read more

By Mireya Navarro, The New York Times For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbor, was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and… read more

By Laura Strickler, Nicole Acevedo and Suzy Khimm, NBC WASHINGTON — The HUD official considered by many to be crucial to both the agency’s smooth operation and to Puerto Rico recovery efforts resigned Monday and will transition out of the role in January. As deputy secretary of HUD, Pam Patenaude ran operations at the $50… read more

The Boca Raton Tribune Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure and left an island of people without food, water, and in some cases, shelter, in September of 2017. But, a spirit of strength and a concerted effort to rebuild has revived this colonial territory, and many business experts believe that Puerto Rico could soon… read more

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