FEMA Project Construction

Constructing a world-class energy grid begins with taking key actions today. 

The FEMA Project Approval Process

Project Identification

Select and define projects that both meet needs and are aligned with policies, and share with our partners for review.


Obtain approval from partners to move the project forward.


Preliminarily design projects that meet the latest industry standards.


Finalize engineering and procurement materials, and obtain required permits.


Projects break ground and are brought to reality.

Long before the construction on projects within the capital improvement program begins, we are following a very detailed series of steps and processes, in collaboration with our partners, PREB and FEMA. This helps to ensure that the work is being done right.

The capital improvement programs outline an array of specific projects that are designed to help rebuild and transform Puerto Rico’s electric grid. While this work will take time to plan and execute, we are determined to get the job done right by following a scientific and rigorous engineering process.

LUMA’s continuing efforts to advance investments and partnerships with FEMA and other federal agencies will prove vital in helping LUMA build a more reliable, more resilient, more customer-focused and cleaner energy system for the people of Puerto Rico.

Through the implementation of these federally funded projects, LUMA will be able to address important needs in Puerto Rico, including modernizing and hardening substations for flood mitigation, key substation improvements to strengthen electrical service to Vieques and Culebra, and a series of repairs and security initiatives that will make the grid more secure and more reliable.

In addition, distribution and transmission pole projects will begin to replace the thousands of dilapidated utility poles with ones that meet current industry standards and will better withstand high winds and other hazards, and five streetlight projects will kick off an ambitious program to bring Puerto Rico’s public streetlight system to 21st century standards.

LUMA is also working with FEMA and other agencies to strengthen its emergency preparedness and response, including the adoption of FEMA’s National Incident Management System into LUMA’s own Emergency Response Plan.

Over the coming months and years, the FEMA-funded work will represent the largest capital energy program in Puerto Rico’s history, and one of the largest ever funded by the federal government.