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VITOL propane shipment arrives on St. Croix in 2015, from V.I. Source archives

WAPA Default Cuts Off Propane: Electricity Crisis Prompts Emergency Meetings

Vitol, the V.I. Water and Power Authority's propane supplier and creditor for WAPA's conversion from oil to propane electricity generation, cut off the propane it supplies the utility at noon Saturday. This means WAPA must use more expensive fuel oil instead and cannot use its newest, most efficient generators.

Bryan Calls Emergency Legislative Meeting Over WAPA

With less than 24 hours notice, Friday afternoon Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called the Legislature into an emergency meeting Saturday, Dec. 21, to discuss "matters related to the V.I. Water and Power Authority."

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.
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.
Lawrence Kupfer discusses WAPA's Transformation Plan during an interview Monday. (Source photo by sap)

Time is Running Out to Face WAPA’s Realities

WAPA's issues, including debt, substantial cost overruns on the VITOL propane conversion project, and long-term non-payment of bills by government agencies, could leave U.S. Virgin Islanders in the dark.
Lawrence Kupfer, executive director WAPA, addresses the issue of payments to Vitol during Wednesday's Senate discussion. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Vitol Demands a Payment or Islands Could Go Dark

When Hugo Hodge, then executive director of WAPA, was pushing for a deal with Vitol to convert the territory's generators to burn propane, he repeatedly said Vitol was building the infrastructure at no upfront cost for WAPA. But payments are now coming due and it is not good for Virgin Islanders.

Judge Calls WAPA Emissions Progress ‘Remarkable’

The V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to be in compliance with emissions consent decrees, earning praise from U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez during a quarterly court review Monday. WAPA will only need to have annual reviews going forward, according to a statement from the authority.

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