Secretary’s Honor Award Goes to Puerto Rico Grid Recovery and Modernization Team

February 21, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized a multi-laboratory team’s work on the Puerto Rican electric grid with a 2023 Secretary’s Honor Award. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) staff Peter CappersMargaret Pigman, and Jeffrey Deason (pictured left to right) are among the team recipients.

DOE and six National Laboratories have been providing Puerto Rico with tools, training, and modeling to support a more resilient electric grid. The Puerto Rico grid recovery and modernization project aims to create an energy system that can better withstand strong storms and achieve a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Cappers, Pigman, and Deason are researchers with Berkeley Lab’s Energy Markets and Policy Department. They contributed to the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transitions to 100% Renewable Energy Study, a comprehensive analysis of pathways for Puerto Rico to meet its clean energy goals and strengthen its energy system. Summary results from the study were recently released in both English and Spanish, and the final report will be available in both languages in March. 

The Secretary’s Honor Award is the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest form of employee recognition for achievements. The Puerto Rico team received the award from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Deputy Secretary David Turk during a virtual ceremony held on February 20.