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Editorial: Beware the Pitfalls and Profits of Privatization

With power outages cascading across the territory and the news in the last week – even getting attention on National Public Radio on the mainland – we worry these events might presage a new drive toward privatization of our public utility.

WAPA Reviewing Data to Determine Root Cause of Outage *Update*

WAPA said electric system personnel are reviewing data logs of the utility's generating units to determine the root cause of a 12-hour outage Friday that affected all customers of the St. Thomas-St. John District.

WAPA: Electrical Fault Caused Sunday’s Widespread Outage

A major electrical fault Sunday night knocked out power to most of the St. Thomas/St. John District for five hours, according to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.

Fitch Cites Senate Bill As Problem for WAPA’s Outlook

Fitch Ratings, one of the three major government bond rating agencies, specifically cited a recent bill in the V.I. Legislature as the reason it was putting the financially struggling utility on a negative ratings watch.

Utility Pole Fire Cuts STT-STJ Power Two Hours Sunday Night

A utility pole fire caused a two-hour power outage on St. Thomas Sunday evening.

WAPA Ready to Begin Underground Projects on St. Croix

V.I. Water and Power Authority representatives and government officials broke ground on Wednesday to mark the beginning of three underground projects on St. Croix that involve burying power lines, transformers and other equipment. 
Electrical power grid in silhouette. (Shutterstock image)

FEMA OKs $4.4 Million for First Phase Of Microgrid, Battery Project

The first phase of WAPA’s plan to develop an 18-megawatt electrical microgrid with a battery storage system for the west end of St. Croix has received an initial wave of federal funding.

WAPA Increases Contract Price for Frederiksted Waterline Work

The Water and Power Authority governing board approved a contract price increase and extension for phase two of the Frederiksted waterline rehabilitation project on Friday.

WAPA Executive Charged with Setting Up Kickback

An executive with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority was freed on a $5,000 cash bail Friday after making an initial appearance in Superior Court on charges of allegedly orchestrating a no-bid contract benefiting himself.
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.

FEMA Awards $113 Million to WAPA for Continued Work on STJ

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it had awarded $133 million to the V.I. Water and Power Authority to continue installing composite utility poles and undergrounding electrical equipment on St. John.

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