Tag: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

NIGHT LIGHTS! VIPD Helps Put The Lights Back On In Smith Bay To Tamp Down Crime

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department worked with the local government to ensure that street lights are working in a St. Thomas east end neighborhood. The VIPD joined with St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator Avery Lewis to put the lights on in Smith Bay this week. Police are betting that increased lighting in the […]

Looking To Get Leaner And Meaner, V.I. WAPA Names A New Executive Director

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The financially-strapped Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is getting new leadership. The WAPA Governing Board has named Noel Hodge, currently chief operating officer of the water system, to serve as WAPA interim executive director. Lawrence Kupfer ended his role as executive director of WAPA on Monday or Tuesday, according to the […]

St. Thomas Driver Trapped In Burning Car After Crash Into Utility Pole Dies Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A driver who was trapped inside his burning vehicle after he lost control and crashed into a utility pole in St. Thomas has died from the injuries he sustained, authorities said. Joseph Santana, 19, of Sugar Estate, was identified by next of kin as the accident victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department […]

Police Investigate Car Crash Into Utility Pole That Knocked Out Power To 5 Feeders On St. Croix

FREDERIKSTED — Police are investigating a single-car accident in which a woman driving a sedan crashed into a utility pole on the highway, knocking out power to five feeders on St. Croix last night. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the western end of the Melvin Evans Highway in reference to an auto […]

St. Thomas Is A Ghost Town Thanks To COVID-19 And The Leadership Of Governor Albert Bryan

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Twenty-five years after Hurricane Marilyn, St. Thomas is experiencing what St. Croix went through after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hurricane Marilyn struck St. Thomas in 1995, but it only took 10 months of the coronavirus to bring Rock City down to its knees … as these photos clearly show. What was once […]

V.I. Entities Off The WAPA Grid Must Register For The Net Energy Billing Program: VIEO

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) in partnership with V.I. Water and Power Authority (WAPA) and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said it has worked “diligently” to create a sustainable renewable energy industry within the territory. The closing of the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in June of 2017 resulted […]

Virgin Islands’ Matching Fund Securitization Corp. Seeking $1 Billion From The Financial Markets This Week

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands’ Matching Fund Securitization Corporation will seek to refinance nearly $1 billion in outstanding matching fund bonds this week. The Legislature approved the deal in a Special Session held Thursday night. Senators passed the bill on an eight-to-six vote. The Matching Fund Securitization Corporation is a special purpose, independent and […]

Bill To Give WAPA An ‘Oversight Management Committee’ In Senate Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Bill No. 33-0346, written to establish an oversight management committee for the Water and Power Authority (WAPA), will be heard in the Committee on Rules and the Judiciary today. This legislation is the brainchild of Senators Sarauw, Frett-Gregory and Vialet who have been working on this legislation since September of 2019. Staggering […]

V.I. GUINEA PIGS! Territory Will Be The First In The World To ‘Try’ Finnish Liquid Gas-Oil Hybrid Plant

CHRISTIANSTED — A Helsinki, Finland technology group has been awarded a contract to deliver a yet unproven power plant and energy storage system to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA). The St. Croix plant will be delivered and installed on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis by Wärtsilä as purchased by WAPA. […]

Bryan Says $75 Million From CARES Act Will Go For Stimulus Checks … And ‘WAPA Subsidies’

CHRISTIANSTED — During a press conference Wednesday to update residents on COVID-19, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said the government received $75 million from the federal CARES Act, which will allow for the Government of the Virgin Islands to provide a subsidy for V.I. Water and Power Authority ratepayers, assist the passenger ferry operators, which have […]