Repair Monday to one of two generating units that were offline Sunday provided relief to the V.I. Water and Power Authority, but concern for stability prompted the authority to continue the emergency feeder rotation schedule Tuesday on a reduced basis.
WAPA announced Monday evening that repairs were completed to unit 14 at the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas, allowing the unit to be safely brought online. Shortly thereafter, the authority began closing the remaining feeders still experiencing service interruptions.
By 9:15 p.m., there were no service interruptions to distribution feeders resulting from the loss of generating units.
However, WAPA said in Monday’s announcement, while getting the unit back online brought some relief to the authority and its customers, "the stability of the system is priority." As a precautionary measure, until another unit becomes available, feeder rotation will continue on a reduced schedule, WAPA said.
According to the authority, Tuesday’s emergency rotation schedule was implemented based on the best available resources. Rotations continue to be conducted in a manner that would ensure service is retained by as many residential and commercial customers as possible.
The feeder rotation schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Scheduled times indicate when a feeder will be without service. The WAPA feeder distribution map can be seen here.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – RR, 7A 7E
Noon to 2 p.m. – 7C, 9D, 9C
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – 7D, 6A
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – 10A, 9A
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – 8A, 6B
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – 9E
After carefully observing the progress of Tuesday’s rotation, WAPA will determine whether additional rotation will be necessary.
Customers with generators are encouraged to use them during the rotation schedule.