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  • The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is converting its electric generating stations to use propane as well as residual and diesel fuel oils and aims to cut its imported fuel costs by 30%.
  • As of February 2017, the average price of electricity paid by U.S. Virgin Island consumers exceeds 32 cents per kilowatthour, about three times the average in the 50 states.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands allows net metering of small distributed resources, and 15 megawatts of distributed solar capacity, the maximum allowed under a cap to ensure grid stability, have been installed.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands has two commercial-scale solar projects, each more than 4 megawatts, at Estate Donoe on St. Thomas and Estate Spanish Town on St. Croix. More utility-scale projects are in development.
  • As the U.S. pilot project for the international Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) program, the U.S. Virgin Islands pledged to cut petroleum use 60% between 2008 and 2025, using efficiency and renewable energy. By the end of 2013, the USVI had cut petroleum imports 20%.

Last Updated: September 21, 2017

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