The high cost of energy is a major challenge for the USVI, so WAPA has launched a project to lower energy bills while switching to a cleaner burning fuel.

Switching to propane will lower fuel costs by approximately 30 percent and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by about 20 percent.

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Propane is a safe, practical and environmentally friendly fuel choice. It’s the same fuel used to heat countless outdoor grills, and has even been used to light the Olympic torch.


Ever-increasing power bills are just a fact of life in the Virgin Islands.


Switching to propane will save approximately $90 million in annual fuel costs at today’s prices, and those fuel cost savings will translate into significant reductions … More

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Partnering with the global energy company Vitol, WAPA plans to outfit its existing facilities to use propane for power generation. Propane is the best near-term option to significantly reduce the cost of fuel for power generation and lower customers’ utility bills. Ultimately, WAPA’s initiative will deliver an environmentally friendly, lower cost, safe, and reliable source of energy to the USVI.

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WAPA receives 18 new storage tanks for liquid propane

July 29, 2014

VIDEO: NEWS2 Captures the Arrival of New Propane Tanks in the Territory

July 28, 2014

In Case You Missed It: NEWS2 nightly newscast reported on the arrival of propane storage tanks, which are a key component of WAPA’s conversion project to propane. Governor deJongh oversaw the arrival of the first tanks and said that “a savings on power is a salary increase for many of us in this community.” WAPA’s project is moving forward and customers will see their utility bills go down as soon as the project is complete.  Great reporting by Erica Parsons.

WAPA Takes Delivery of Propane Tanks

July 24, 2014

The first shipment of 18 empty gas tanks, weighing between 200 and 300 tons, was unloaded Wednesday at the St. Croix Port Authority Container Port to continue the territory’s conversion to energy efficient power with liquid propane and/or natural gas.

The conversion to propane is projected to save $90 million and reduce consumers’ bills by 30 percent. Reducing or eliminating the dependency on fossil fuels will “change our economy,” Gov. John deJongh Jr. said Wednesday.