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.

The Smart Choice

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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Fabrication of Propane Tanks

April 17, 2014

WAPA’s new liquefied propane tanks are being fabricated by Geldof, a Belgium company located in Willebroek near Brussels. Once these tanks are transported and installed they will be used to store the propane which will be used for power generation on St. Thomas and St. Croix. These tanks will store a two weeks supply of propane at each site. Click here to view photos of the tanks.

Propane project developer Vitol’s growing local workforce at a groundbreaking event

April 9, 2014

Vitol employees

St. Croix Readies for WAPA Propane Conversion

April 3, 2014

If all goes as planned, propane storage tanks could begin arriving in the territory in a month or so and Virgin Islanders could pay be paying 30 percent less for electricity by the fourth quarter, Hugo Hodge, executive director of the V.I. Water and Power Authority, said Friday.

“I envision the fourth quarter this year,” Hodge said, adding he can hardly wait for the Public Services Commission meeting to request lower rates.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Estate Richmond propane terminal was held at WAPA power plant Friday afternoon, following a similar event Thursday at the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas.