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In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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?

St. Thomas Solar Farm Being Rebuilt Bigger Than Before

The V.I. Water and Power Authority board approved an agreement with BMR USVI Renewables, LLC to redevelop the Donoe solar farm on St. Thomas. Before Hurricane Irma, the solar farm had a capacity of 4.188 megawatts, and it will be redeveloped with a capacity of 5.025 megawatts.
Energy Office technician Carl Joseph inspects a net metering site in 2010 on St. Thomas in the territory's previous program. (Source file photo by Don Buchanan)

New Net-Metering Program May Find Few Takers

The new proposal to allow residents to sell the excess energy their alternative energy systems produce to the V.I. Water and Power Authority is not nearly as generous as the original policy was.
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.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Fire Burning at Anguilla Landfill

Firefighters continued to battle a blaze at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Tuesday night, according to a news release issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas.

Propane Leak Empties STT Courts, Jail on Wednesday

The Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex and adjacent federal complex were temporarily evacuated early Wednesday afternoon due to a reported propane leak.

Senators Pounce on WAPA Credit Card Use, Contract Overruns

WAPA Executive Director Lawrence J. Kupfer came to the Senate Committee of the Whole Tuesday to share a plan to transform the authority. But senators were concerned the plan was nothing but promises.

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