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  • The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is increasing its use of propane for generating electricity to reduce its imported fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions. In 2019, fuel oil generated about two-thirds of the territory's electricity, propane about one-third, and solar power slightly more than 1%. 
  • The average price of electricity paid by U.S. Virgin Island residents was about 41 cents per kilowatthour in mid-2020, which was about three times higher than the average power price in the 50 U.S. states.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands requires that 70% of a building's heated water needs in all new construction and major renovations be provided by solar water heaters.
  • A portion of the Hovensa petroleum refinery, which closed in 2012, is scheduled to reopen and make marine fuels that meet new international low-sulfur requirements that took effect in 2020.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands has a goal for 25% of the islands' peak demand electricity generating capacity to be fueled by renewable energy sources by 2020 and 30% by 2025.

Last Updated: December 17, 2020

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