Puerto Rico utility director questions need for nuclear power
SAN JUAN – The director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), José Ortiz, questioned Wednesday the need for the island’s House of Representatives to hold public hearings to evaluate the possibility of utilizing nuclear power in Puerto Rico.
In a radio interview, the official ruled out the use of nuclear powerplants on the island to generate electricity.
“I don’t even know why these issues are being discussed. We submitted on February 13 the 20-year plan of the Electric Power Authority,” he said.
Prepa’s integrated resources plan establishes that the corporation will move to natural gas and renewable energy using solar energy as the main source of generation by 2050.
“There are things that technically sound nice, but you do not want a nuclear plant next to your house, just as you do not want a gas pipeline, just like you do not want a coal plant, for those things have to be understood,” he added.
The House Government Committee, chaired by Rep. Jorge Navarro Suárez, began Tuesday its analysis of House Resolution 1189 to determine the feasibility, convenience and need to establish nuclear powerplants in Puerto Rico due to the effect and damages caused by the passage of Hurricane Maria to the island’s electric power system.