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Update: PowerCause Identified for Major Multi-Hour Power Outage on St. Thomas and St. John Tuesday Morning

A major electrical service interruption is affecting customers on St. Thomas and St. John following equipment failure at the Donald Francois electrical substation and a loss of generation capacity at the Randolph Harley Power Plant. The service interruptions began at 7:13 a.m.
Workmen raise another composite pole on St. John. The new poles are replacing wooden poles that essentially haven't changed significantly in more than 100 years.

WAPA Board Approves Contracts for Underground Equipment, More Composite Poles

The Water and Power Authority Governing Board approved contracts and equipment purchases this week for projects that include putting electrical equipment underground and installing more storm-resistant composite poles.

Citing Separation of Powers, Bryan Vetoes WAPA, PSC, Hospital Board Changes

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has vetoed four bills that aim to change how the Water and Power Authority, Public Services Commission and hospital boards operate, citing separation of powers, conflicts with existing law and a lack of legal sufficiency.

New Net Metering Program Opens Door for Backup Batteries

A new net metering program introduced this year by the Virgin Islands Energy Office creates an opportunity that will allow home generators to sell excess power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
Solar panels cover the roof of a St. John hillside home.

Energy Month Webinars Shed Light on How to Save on Light Bills

In celebration of October Energy Month, the University of the Virgin Islands has been hosting a series of webinar discussions on how Virgin Islanders can use renewable energy to “keep on the lights.”

VIHFA Still Seeking Public Input on How to Spend Disaster Recovery Funds

The V.I. Housing Finance Authority is seeking the public’s assistance in deciding how to spend $1 billion of recovery money.
V.I. Water and Power Authority truck

Power Restored After Overnight Outage at Knolls at Contant *UPDATED*

Power was restored to residents of the Knolls at Contant on St. Thomas by 3 p.m. today after a blown transformer caused an outage at the 90-apartment housing community on Tuesday.

*Update* Power Restored to STT Feeders, One STX Feeder Still Out

Tropical Storm Laura's winds caused electrical outages on a handful of St. Thomas feeders and one St. Croix feeder. The St. Thomas feeders have been restored but the St. Croix feeder remains out, according to an operational update issued by the V.I. Water and Power Authority at noon on Saturday.
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V.I. Officials Revisiting Internet Gambling

Walking into the casino in Christiansted on St. Croix or the Parrot Club in Cruz Bay, it would not be odd to see most of the gambling done by locals instead of tourists.
Committee of the Whole Chairman Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. asks for an open and honest conversation with WAPA during Friday’s hearing. (“Photos by Chaunte Herbert, Legislature of the Virgin Islands.)

Legislature Grilling of WAPA Devolves into “Melee”

Tension ran high Friday as Senators, meeting as the Committee of the Whole, grilled officials of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority devolved into chaos and decorum was relegated to the background.





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