Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm escaped the Washington, D.C., cold front to travel to sunny Puerto Rico last week, her sixth official trip to the island since last fall.
Republican lawmakers have questioned the necessity of Granholm’s repeated travel to Puerto Rico, where she has spent over four official work weeks in the past year.
“Excited to be back in Puerto Rico this week to highlight the progress we’ve made accelerating upgrades to the island’s electrical infrastructure, and supporting the Island’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050,” wrote Granholm in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
The Department of Energy on Thursday announced that it will spend $440 million for solar panel installation for low-income residents in the U.S. territory.
The junket comes months after Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked Granholm to turn over records related to her extensive travel to the island. Granholm says she is focused on rebuilding Puerto Rico’s dilapidated energy grid, which has been ravaged by hurricanes and local government corruption.