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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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