Tag: Virgin Islanda Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

WRONG AND STRONG: WAPA Blames ‘Double’ Bill To Its Customers On 2017 Storms

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority told its customers that bills issued this month will represent a sixty-day service period as the authority “works to rebuild and restore both its automated metering and billing systems.” Each system was “severely impacted by the 2017 hurricanes, and efforts continue toward(s) full restoration,” according […]

DLCA Closes Sub Base Office Today Due To Lack Of Water

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) is notifying the public that the DLCA office located at Property & Procurement Building, 8201 Sub Base, Suite 1 closed at 3:00 p.m. today due to a lack of water in the building. Normal business hours shall resume tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, February […]

What Is It About Sweden’s Vitol That Is ‘Vital’ To The Territory’s Electrical Generating Needs?

Dear Editor: In 2013, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority announced to the public that it would switch from oil to propane for the generation of electricity in the territory. WAPA touted in the media that the project would lower the cost of power for consumers and businesses by at least 35 percent and […]

Bryan Thanks Senators For Band-Aid Solution To WAPA’s List Of Mounting Problems

CHRISTIANSTED — Following Friday’s vote to reprogram funds to pay Vitol, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. thanked senators of the 33rd Legislature for working collaboratively with the executive branch to address the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s propane supply crisis. “Thank you to the senators who voted in favor of reappropriating funds to avert a […]

Bryan, Senators Find A Way To Keep The Power On At WAPA … Pay Its $6M Gas Bill

CHRISTIANSTED — During a follow-up meeting at Government House, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. and all 15 senators of the 33rd Legislature said they have identified funding to meet the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s outstanding obligation to its propane supplier Vitol. The Legislature has scheduled an Emergency Legislative session for Friday, December 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. to vote on the measure […]

WAPA Will Become Self-Sufficient Only If We Sell It To A Private Company: COMMENTARY BY POKORNY

We all know the dire situation WAPA finds itself in (and therefore, the economy and people of the VI). It is about lights out now that they can’t extract anymore money from an already burdened customer base. Even most politicians are running for cover (except Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.) Here is the reality — any […]

Bryan Tells Senators In Emergency Meeting He Wants $3-4 Million For WAPA

CHRISTIANSTED — In an emergency meeting held just after the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority got a default notice on Saturday, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. and all 15 senators of the 33rd Legislature agreed to work together to find funding to meet the WAPA’s outstanding obligation to Vitol, in an effort to stave off […]

SENATOR GITTENS: WAPA Wasting Millions On Unneeded Property Leases

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA) has provided copies of the leases requested by Senator Kenneth Gittens, but he said that “they do little to alleviate concerns about the utility’s spending and management practices.”  “I do appreciate that WAPA’s CEO eventually provided additional information on these leases, but his response […]

Governor Tells Economic Strategy Group That He Has A Green Plan For WAPA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan Jr held his second meeting of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy group (CEDS), recently in St. Thomas. A group of about 30 local business owners, members of non-profit foundations, representatives from the Tourism industry, government officials and other community stakeholders heard presentations about the plans to upgrade the airports […]

WAPA Admits Employee Was Duped By Simplistic Phishing Email Costing It $2.17 Million

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority admitted that one of its employees was fooled by an Internet phishing scheme that cost the quasi-government authority more than $2 million. On two occasions in 2018, WAPA said it was the victim of “a Business Email Compromise (BEC), an instance where a fictitious email […]