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dc.contributor.advisorFrey, William J.
dc.contributor.authorAsencio-Yace, Joan I.
dc.description.abstractIn Puerto Rico, microgrids are seen as community resilience enhancements. However, the efforts for their development have tended towards the inclusion of robust technologies while social factors are not equally addressed. This research sought to fill this gap, stating that community aqueducts can inform community microgrids based on their infrastructural analogy. Thus, we carried out an in-depth case study of the governance and management practices of Corcovada Arriba, an isolated rural community managed aqueduct in the Municipality of Añasco, Puerto Rico. We found that the community’s empowerment, democratic structures, and justice-oriented principles sustain the trust and social ties between neighbors. In terms of the external environment (governmental and third sector), an institutional ecosystem that supports and works in favor of and with the community, is essential for its sustainability. We suggest that these social factors are going to be primordial for the development of sustainable community microgrids in Puerto Rico.en_US
dc.description.abstractEn Puerto Rico, las microrredes se consideran mejoras en la resiliencia comunitaria. Sin embargo, los esfuerzos para su desarrollo se han inclinado hacia la inclusión de tecnologías robustas, mientras que los factores sociales no estiman con igual peso. Esta investigación buscó llenar este vacío, afirmando que los acueductos comunitarios pueden informar a las microrredes comunitarias en función de su analogía de infraestructura. Por lo tanto, llevamos cabo un estudio de caso en profundidad de las prácticas de gobernanza y gestión de Corcovada Arriba, un acueducto gestionado por una comunidad rural aislada en el Municipio de Añasco, Puerto Rico. Encontramos que el empoderamiento de la comunidad, las estructuras democráticas y los principios orientados a la justicia sostienen la confianza y los lazos sociales entre los vecinos. En términos del entorno externo (gubernamental y tercer sector), un ecosistema institucional que apoya y trabaja a favor y con la comunidad, es esencial para su sostenibilidad. Sugerimos que estos factores sociales serán primordiales para el desarrollo de microrredes comunitarias sostenibles en Puerto Rico.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by two National Science Foundation grants: (1) CRISP Type 2: Independent Electric and Cloud Services for Sustainable, Reliable and Open Smart Grids, Award No. 151106, from August 2016 to May 2019; and (2) Cultivating Responsible Wellbeing in STEM: Social Engagement through Personal Ethics, Award No. 1449489, from Jan 2019 to December 2019.en_US
dc.subjectCommunity microgridsen_US
dc.subjectCommunity aqueductsen_US
dc.subject.lcshMicrogrids (Small power grids)en_US
dc.subject.lcshAqueducts -- Puerto Rico -- Añasco (Corcovada Arriba) -- Managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshWater supply -- Puerto Rico -- Añascoen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunity organization -- Case studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunity organization -- Puerto Rico -- Añascoen_US
dc.titleSustainable community aqueducts as models for community microgrids: an in-depth case study of Corcovada Arriba's governance and management practicesen_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2020 Joan I. Asencio Yaceen_US
dc.contributor.committeePérez-Lugo, Marla
dc.contributor.committeeVega-Torres, José I.
dc.contributor.committeeQuiñones-González, Luz E.
dc.contributor.committeeOrtiz-García, Cecilio
dc.contributor.representativePérez-Pinedo, Yakaira Administration-Generalen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Business Administrationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Business Administrationen_US

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