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Virgin Islands, U.S.
Country Analysis Note
- The U.S. Virgin Islands has few conventional energy resources and depends on imported crude oil for electricity generation; to increase grid reliability, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is exploring undersea cable links with Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands.
- As of January 2012, consumers in the Virgin Islands were paying an average price of 47 cents per kilowatthour for electricity.
- The Virgin Islands' largest solar project, the 451-kilowatt King Airport photovoltaic array on St. Thomas, went into operation in fall 2011 and provides 15 percent of the airport's electricity; in addition, solar water heaters are required for all new construction in the Virgin Islands.
- The Hovensa refinery, which was one of the 10 largest crude oil refineries in the world and which provided 90 percent of the Virgin Islands' fuel, ended production in February 2012; the site will continue as a storage terminal.
- The Virgin Islands is a pilot project of the international Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) program, which encourages efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources to cut fossil fuel use 60 percent by 2025.
Analysis Last Updated: July 2012
Overview data for Virgin Islands, U.S.+ EXPAND ALL
-- = Not applicable; NA = Not available; F = Forecast value
Sources: EIA. For more detailed data, see International Energy Statistics.
Data last updated: February 12, 2013
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