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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.

Myth

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

Fact

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 starts new phase of propane storage project

June 4, 2014

The V.I. Water and Power Authority finished blasting rock last week and is now beginning construction on the storage systems needed to convert the territory’s oil fired power plants to propane.

Once the territory’s electricity is largely generated by propane, customers can expect to see a 35 percent reduction in the Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause portion of their bill, WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. said.


WAPA LPG Conversion Project Making Steady Progress

May 30, 2014

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority announced that the LPG Conversion Projects on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix continue to make significant progress.  “We have now completed the demolition phase of the projects on both islands,” said Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr.” and are now moving to the construction phase.”


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.