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V.I. Energy Office Accepting Applications For Its Real-Time Energy Pilot Program

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Real-Time Energy Monitoring Pilot Program (REM Program) provides residents and small business owners with a home energy monitor.

With this program the V.I. Energy Office hopes to give people more transparency into their energy profile, i.e., how much electricity they use and when.

The Energy Office says that providing residents and business owners more visibility into their day-to-day electricity usage allows them to make better decisions about how to become more energy efficient through their purchases and behaviors.

A successful pilot program will allow the energy office to gain a better understanding of energy usage in the
Virgin Islands and develop more ways to increase energy equity in our community.

The energy monitor, paired with the free iPhone or Android app, shows how much electricity is being used in real
time on a second-by-second basis. Changes in electricity usage can be measured right away and with a level of certainty not afforded by the monthly electric bill. The data from the energy monitor can also be used to determine whether there’s an error in the electric bill. The energy monitor allows the user to investigate

• Phantom loads (items that draw electricity even when they are off or not in use)
• Base loads (items that are always on like the refrigerator)
• Temporary loads (Items that are not always in use such as the microwave or washing machine)
The home energy monitor is non-invasively installed in the main panel box and connected to the internet via WiFi. If necessary, a Wi-Fi range extender can be installed. After installation it’s registered with the mobile app. The entire
process takes less than an hour.
After the application is received and approved, a contractor will call to schedule the installation. During the
installation, the contractor will help the owner register the device and become familiar with reading the data. Every so
often the VIEO will call or email to get feedback on improvements the energy monitor has helped to make.

There are 3 ways to apply to the program.

  1. Complete the application. Bring it and the required documents to the energy office in St. Croix or St.
    Thomas
  2. Complete the application. Make CLEAR copies of your required documents and email them to
    lynette.sierra@eo.vi.gov
  3. Use the link on our website (energy.vi.gov) to complete the online application. Upload your required
    documents where prompted.
    Qualified residential applicants
    • Are Legal residents of the United States
    • Have a WAPA bill in their own name
    • Are full time residents of the Virgin Islands
    Qualified Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
    • Have a VI business license
    • OR NPO documents
    • Have a permanent physical location
    Unfortunately, we cannot offer energy monitors to 3-phase power customers, or those with permanent solar or wind generation installed. Participation is subject to availability. Contact us to ask any questions you may have!
    St. Croix
    4101 Mars Hill Rd
    Frederiksted, VI 00840
    (340) 713-VIEO (8436)
    St. Thomas
    4605 Tutu Park Mall
    Suite #231
    St. Thomas, VI 00802
    (340) 714-VIEO (8436)
    Visit our website for more
    information on this and other
    Energy Office programs
    energy.vi.gov
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