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Will LNG Microgrids Find a Ready Market in Puerto Rico?

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Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, sees places in Puerto Rico where LNG microgrids may make sense and places they may not.

“My main concern would be the ability to get LNG to these microgrids in the event of a sustained emergency, such as that caused by hurricane Maria,” said Kunkel, who has worked as an energy advisor on the island. “Shipping LNG to Puerto Rico in ISO containers would get you access to LNG at some of the smaller ports around the island, but if you had a gas-based microgrid in a remote area, you’d still have to get the natural gas there. That would raise reliability concerns if roads are blocked for a long period.”

She added, however, that LNG microgrids could make sense “to use LNG for CHP [combined heat and power] installations in coastal areas that are near ports. My main question, again, is how viable this is the further you get from a port.”

Will LNG Microgrids Find a Ready Market in Puerto Rico?

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