Photo taken on September 23, 2017 in Puerto Rico (Public Domain) For years, professors at the University of Puerto Rico Mayag\u00fcez have been leading the way in deliberating and taking action on energy controversies and challenges in Puerto Rico. However, members of the National Institute of Island Energy and Sustainability (Instituto Nacional de Energ\u00eda y Sostenibilidad Isle\u00f1a, or INESI) claim they are being excluded from key conversations and decisions about the island\u2019s energy future in this post-Hurricane Mar\u00eda period. INESI is directed by an interdisciplinary team of professors, who are committed to creating a sustainable energy ethic to guide deliberation, decision-making, and implementation of community-based renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico. Last week, INESI members composed letters to Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossell\u00f3 and Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, who is leading Puerto Rico's electric system reconstruction. INESI\u2019s steering committee,\u00a0Dr. Lionel Orama Exclusa, Dr. Cecilio Ort\u00edz Garc\u00eda, and Dr. Marla P\u00e9rez Lugo, co-signed the document. In our October 16 phone conversation, P\u00e9rez-Lugo expressed that members felt compelled to write the letters, based on the discourses they were hearing about rebuilding, rather than dramatically transforming, the energy grid. She said: \u201cWe got worried, as the system as it was is what brought us here.\u201d In its letter to the governor, INESI members contend: \u201cLa sostenibilidad de nuestro sistema el\u00e9ctrico depende del uso descentralizado de nuestros recursos locales (como la conservaci\u00f3n, la eficiencia, los sistemas solares en los techos y almacenamiento en casas y edificios) y de una nueva gobernanza justa, desconcentrada, colaborativa, participativa, y democr\u00e1tica.\u201d\/\u201cThe sustainability of our electric system depends on the decentralized use of our local natural resources (like conservation, efficiency, solar systems on roofs and placed on houses and buildings) and a new just, deconcentrated, collaborative, participative, and democratic government.\u201d Following procedures, INESI members visited the University of Puerto\u2019s Central Administration to discuss energy concerns with the interim president, whose office oversees INESI. Members knew that they needed his approval before the letters could be shared with the governor and Buchanan. P\u00e9rez-Lugo says she and other members were scolded by university personnel for writing the letters. Although the president was present, INESI members were told he was unable to see them. Members left their letters at the Central Administration. Determined to have their concerns heard and letters received, P\u00e9rez and colleagues then visited the Center of Emergency Operations in San Juan, which is located at the upscale Puerto Rico Convention Center. INESI members encountered countless police officers and Army personnel, as they tried to gain access to attend First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Areizaga Rossell\u00f3\u2019s press conference. The first, second, and third floors of the convention center were reserved for local press, state emergency managers and local press, and FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers, respectively. According to INESI members, to reach the first and second first floors, one could take a functioning escalator, despite widespread power outages elsewhere, which has left 90 percent of residents without electricity. A buffet was available, and the building was air conditioned. \u201cIt was a complete disconnection between what\u2019s going on in the island and what\u2019s going on there \u201d P\u00e9rez-Lugo reported. INESI members also posted an additional letter to the INESI Facebook page on October 10, addressed to both Governor Rossell\u00f3 and Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk. The letter urges the governor and Musk to consult them on energy decisions, as the two discuss plans to rebuild Puerto Rico\u2019s energy system. The authors note the substantial resources and insights that the INESI team has accumulated while studying and contributing to energy conversations and decisions in Puerto Rico over the years. They explain: \u201cWe stand ready to help\u2026 With over 90 contributing faculty covering 23 disciplines, across the 11 campuses of the UPR , INESI offers unparalleled expertise in the technical, economic, and social dimensions of energy transitions.\u201d An additional co-signee of the letter is Dr. Clark Miller, associate director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at the University of Arizona. To date, INESI members have not been contacted by Rossell\u00f3 about their offer. *** Catalina de On\u00eds is an assistant professor in\u00a0the Department of Civic Communication and Media\u00a0at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She received her PhD in Communication and Culture from Indiana University. Her research and teaching work at the intersection of Latina\/o\/x studies, (de)\/coloniality, race, the environment, energy, and gender. Her current project,\u00a0Fossil Port: Fueling and Disrupting Energy Coloniality in a US Colony,\u00a0is derived from her graduate research in Puerto Rico.