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WAPA’s Finances, Part 3: Is There Light at the End of...

WAPA is losing money and swimming in debt, with very high electricity costs. Decades of hospitals and government agencies using it an involuntary lender by not paying power bills have starved it, forcing chronic delays in maintenance and upgrades. But not all is doom and gloom.
St. Thomas' first power plant under construction, long before the creation of the Water and Power Authority in 1964. (Undated early 20th century photo provided by the St. Thomas Historical Trust)

WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

WAPA is swimming in debt. Where did it come from? What can be done about it? Some in the PSC, Senate and the public feel this debt is the result of mismanagement. Is it? And how much does it matter, if we have to pay up anyway?

WAPA Finances: Raise Base Rate and See Lower Total Rates Soon,...

It will surprise no one to hear that finances at the V.I. Water and Power Authority are not good. But can it become sustainable? Is the news all bad or is there sunlight?

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Paying Kickbacks in V.I., P.R.

Renialdo Cruz Taura, a mechanical engineer who got work repairing federal buildings in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, admitted he sought and obtained kickbacks for doing that work.
Casino Control Commissioners Usie Richards and Stacy Bourne listen to testimony. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Casino Control Commission Extends Licenses

Two members of the V.I. Casino Control Commission extended licenses for Divi Carina Bay Casino, VIGL Operations and CRG Holdings at a hearing Monday, after grilling them about delays and encouraging streamlined deadlines.
Peter Chapman addresses the Business Attraction Summit at the Buccaneer Resort. (Photo provided by the Research and Technology Park)

RT Park Summit Draws Potential Investors to St. Croix

For three days this month, more than 130 technology business owners, government officials and local stakeholders gathered on St. Croix to attend a business summit presented by the University of the Virgin Islands' Research and Technology Park.

$2.7 Million for New “Division of Festivals” Surprises Senators

Senators on Thursday pressed officials of the V.I. Tourism Department about the new Division of Festivals and how to increase flights into the territory at a meeting of the Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture Committee.
A waste-to-energy plant in Covington, Tennessee. Plans have been advanced more than once for such a project in the territory, but they have never come to fruition.

The Power Players: A Short History of WAPA Part II

The last two decades have brought a variety of proposals for the territory's energy future, but mostly all the energy that has been generated has been in the scrapping between the PSC, the Legislature and WAPA.

USVI Mourns Cultural Icon Lena Schulterbrandt

The U.S. Virgin Islands is mourning the loss of Lena Schulterbrandt, one of its cultural icons, who has been long recognized as a champion of the tradition and heritage on her home island of St. Croix.
Albert Bryan

Bryan Signs Budget and Bills, with Some Reservations

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a slew of bills into law Tuesday, including the Fiscal Year 2020 V.I. Government budget bills.

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