Electricity in Puerto Rico is just like in the U.S.A., except that it is much more expensive! We use the same 110-120 volts and 220-240 volts for appliances. Just about everything you plug into an electrical outlet in the U.S. you will be able to plug in here in Puerto Rico without the need of special adapters.
The electricity in Puerto Rico is fairly reliable; a bit more unreliable than when I lived in the U.S. but not too bad, there are unannounced outages and I have had the power go out when there are strong thunderstorms but not always. However, when a tropical cyclone is affecting the island, expect the power to go out for days. It is not a bad idea to have a backup generator (gasoline or diesel fueled), it doesn’t have to be a big one, just enough to power the essentials.
Puerto Rico has one electric (Power) company and it goes by the name of Autoridad de Energia Electrica or AEE for short. You can access them online in English at PREPA.com
or at their Spanish website at AEEpr.com
Otherwise their contact information is as follows:
PO Box 364267, San Juan, PR 00936-4267
(787) 521-3434 Fax: (787) 521-4120
Toll Free: 1-800-981-2434 TTY: (787) 521-3050
The main electricity company in Puerto Rico (AEE) relies on petroleum to generate electricity for it’s customers and the electricity rate in Puerto Rico is currently between $0.24-$0.29KWh which can add up quickly. This sad truth may become glaringly obvious once your first electric bill arrives!
“Green” Alternatives for Electricity in Puerto Rico
So, what are your other options you ask? Well! Whether you’ve decided you want to embrace the “Go Green” mentality and lessen your carbon footprint or you are just plain sick of paying those outrageous electric bills every month, there are some alternatives to AEE that you may be interested in; Solar and Wind power generators!
One very good place to start looking into alternative energy sources is at Greensolar PR. They specialize in solar inverters, wind turbines and generators. You can e-mail them at Contactus@greensolarpr.com or you can call or visit them at:
PR 2 Km 123.0 Int Bo.Caimital Alto Aguadilla,PR 00603
PO Box 3062 Aguadilla,PR 00605