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The drawing in the Urban Land Institute’s report on recommendations for rebuilding St. Thomas shows some of consultant’s suggestions for changes to the “study area” in and near downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Disaster Funds Could Enable Island Makeover; So, How Should It Look?

A stateside consultant group has issued suggestions for remaking St. Thomas and the greater Virgin Islands from top to bottom. Recommendations run the gamut, from establishing bike lanes and promoting scooter traffic to creating new government agencies.

WAPA Addresses Growing List of Customer Complaints

WAPA executives responded to charges that it has been unresponsive to customer complaints by providing a full report to the Public Services Commission at its Thursday meeting, detailing the areas of concern and how they are being dealt with.

Senators Criticize WAPA Then Bail It Out

Senate votes to bailout WAPA with funds from GERS.
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."
A brightly decorated boat takes part in the annual Christiansted Holiday Boat Parade. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Illuminated Boats Deliver Christmas Spirit in Christiansted Harbor

The Christmas spirit of forgiveness was alive at the St. Croix Boat Parade in the Christiansted harbor Saturday night, the crowd cheered as the V.I. Water and Power Authority boat cruised by the boardwalk blaring the song Electric Avenue, occasionally cutting off its lights simulating a power outage.

PSC: No Action on WAPA Base Rate Increase For Now

Residents who gathered for a hearing of the Public Services Commission Thursday hoping to hear news about the proposed WAPA rate increase got a double whammy: Not only did the PSC decide not to act on the utility’s request for a base rate increase after hours of testimony, but it also approved a decrease in both water and electric Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause (LEAC) rates.
Surrounded by his team, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. addresses frustrations about an upcoming WAPA base rate increase, which he said will actually not affect customers’ bills. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Bryan Says Rate Increase Would Not Raise WAPA Bills

Addressing a recent flurry of online petitions from residents asking the Public Services Commission to vote against a proposed V.I. Water and Power Authority base rate increase, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. clarified Monday that if approved, the hike would not impact ratepayers’ bills.

Executives Say WAPA Will Be Transformed By 2024

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority promised improved efficiency, resiliency and greater renewable penetration, as part of a five-year transformation plan presented by WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer at the Revenue Estimating Conference.

WAPA Identifies Cause of STT-STJ Power Interruptions

A generating unit with past reliability challenges was the cause of electrical service interruptions in the St. Thomas – St. John district on both Sunday and Monday, the V.I. Water and Power Authority announced Monday night in a news release.

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