Wind Power News: Virgin Islands
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The WAPA governing board has given the green light to what could potentially be the first large-scale wind development in the territory. At Thursday’s regular board meeting on St. Croix, board members voted 7-0 to authorize Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. to negotiate the terms of an agreement with Advance Power LLC to develop, finance, design, construct, test, operate and maintain a 10- megawatt wind energy farm on St. Thomas. An agreement – if approved by the board – would lay the . . . Complete story »
PORTSMOUTH – A little more than a year ago, Dominion Energy faced a torrent of criticism for letting lapse a $40 million federal grant for an offshore wind power pilot project. Critics contended it meant the utility was never serious about pursuing wind as a generation source. Among those upset over the lost money: Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “There was a lot of displeasure when we lost that federal grant. I worked very hard to get that $40 million federal grant, so . . . Complete story »
ST. THOMAS - The Public Services Commission opened the door for a wind farm to be built in the waters off the coast of St. Thomas by approving qualified facility status for Ocean Offshore Energy, LLC. Herman Schellstede, a partner of Ocean Offshore Energy, gave a presentation to the Public Services Commission at its meeting Thursday evening about the advantages of operating a wind farm that could supply 10.5 megawatts of energy to the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s grid. . . . Complete story »
ST. THOMAS – One piece of a V.I. Energy Office project to investigate the potential for generating wind energy in Bovoni literally fell apart last week after a 197-foot meteorological tower collapsed. The tower, one of two in the Bovoni area financed through the Energy Office, lay in several bent pieces Dec. 14 on a hill behind the Bovoni dump. Energy Office Director Karl Knight said the tower “failed” Dec. 13 as California-based WeatherFlow was working to erect it. According . . . Complete story »