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  • During 2016, the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is completing conversion of its electric generating stations to use propane as well as residual and diesel fuel oils. The Authority aims to cut its imported fuel costs by 30%.
  • As of January 2016, the average price of electricity paid by U.S. Virgin Island consumers is nearly 30 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 now provide 13% of the midday peak demand.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands has two commercial-scale solar projects, each about 4 megawatts, at Estate Donoe on St. Thomas and Estate Spanish Town on St. Croix. Two 3-megawatt projects are in construction.
  • 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: May 19, 2016