Tag: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

WAPA ALERT: Avoid Parking On These St. John Streets

CRUZ BAY — Road restoration work will occur between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. as part of the Cruz Bay Underground Project starting tomorrow, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said. Motorists are advised to please avoid street parking in St. John at night on the dates below, according to WAPA. June 2, 2022 […]

St. Croix Senator Pushes For More Fiscal Accountability At WAPA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth L. “Kenny” Gittens is asking his colleagues to reconsider authorizing an independent investigation of the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority following Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing to address ongoing concerns at the utility, to include a problematic November 2021 audit report.  “While I do think some positive steps have […]

GERS Chief Preparing $7.7 Million Lawsuit Against WAPA For Payment Failures

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Government Employees Retirement System of the Virgin Islands is preparing a lawsuit against the financially-strapped Water and Power Authority for about $7.7 million in past due money. At issue are past due employees’ and employer’s contributions and employees’ loans as well interest on these sums. WAPA has failed to forward the […]

Truck Flips And Hits Utility Pole Near Gas Station In Glynn, Knocking Out Power To 2,000 Residents

KINGSHILL — A truck flipped and hit a utility pole near mid-island knocking out electricity to nearly 2,000 people on St. Croix last night. The crash occurred near Sam’s Gas Station in Estate Glynn about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “A vehicular accident in the area of Sam’s Gas Station which […]

New CEO Smith Says Brighter Future For WAPA Means Keeping The Power On For You And Me

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Andrew Smith, the new executive director and chief executive officer for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, says he intends to bring a fresh perspective to the troubled utility, and is working with other WAPA leaders to rebuild customer trust and create a reliable, affordable power grid for the Virgin Islands. […]

WIPL Wants To Increase Limetree’s Throughput, Decrease USVI Energy Costs

CHRISTIANSTED — After recently winning the auction for the Limetree Bay refinery, West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) says it will successfully close the sale and pursue “strategic investments” in the plant.          The auction, won by the Jamaican oil storage company with a bid of $62 million, took place in the U.S. […]

U.S. Virgin Islands Had The Second-Worst Economy In USA From 2009-2019: Report

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands has the second-worst economy in the United States — with only Hawaii worse — over the 10-year period before COVID-19, Bond Buyer reports The news outlet says the USVI shrunk 24 percent “in real terms” from 2009 to 2019 in a report by Robert Slavin on Friday. “The […]

Joseph Gomez Elementary School Students Dismissed Early Due To WAPA Issue

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Joseph Gomez Elementary School will dismiss at 1 p.m. today due to low water pressure impacting the campus, the Virgin Islands Department of Education said. “WAPA crews have been notified and are addressing the matter,” according to the DOE. Buses have been called to transport students to drop-off locations. Parents may […]

WAPA Floats $35 Million Worth Of Bonds; Wards Off Lawsuit From Wartsila

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority successfully closed a $35 million financing funded by fuel tax revenues pursuant to the Authority’s Twelfth Supplemental Resolution that was approved by the Governing Board on October 28, 2021. The issuance of the 2021 Electric Revenue Bond Anticipation Notes allows the Authority to make final […]

WAPA Board Alters Payment Terms For Its Underground Electrical Projects

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the WAPA governing board on Tuesday approved payment terms on existing contracts with the companies developing the underground electrical system on St. Croix and St. John. The changes became necessary after it was determined that work on the projects could not always progress to completion of various milestones leaving the […]