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guice
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December 23, 2011 1:07 am  

Here I sit, in Northstar Village, going on 3hrs without power. Anybody know what's going on? There's no info on WAPAs site, and no VI Alert update.

How wide spread is it? Buddy out on Crown Mountian (not sure exact location name) is out, too.


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jewels922
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December 23, 2011 2:23 am  

I saw on FB there was an explosion at Wapa on STT... STJ/Bars/Restaurants/Friends are saying they are mostly on generator power. Not sure how accurate but that is what I've been reading..


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December 23, 2011 4:25 am  

My power came back on at 11pm on Crown Mt. - STT Source has article about the generator problems but didn't mention any explosion - I have found Facebbok to to very open and into rumor spreading and commonly see one faulty observation go widespread as fact - of course that is social media not news media.


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December 23, 2011 7:59 am  

In my neighborhood on STT power was out most of Monday (daytime), again last night. What, is this SUMMER? So tired of unpredictable power. Guess I should save up for a propane-powered generator.


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guice
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December 23, 2011 11:56 am  

WAPA finally updated their site, at ~9:15, a good 3 *hours* after the blackout .. it says 9:15, but I think it was more around 9:30/10pm:

[The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority experienced a system wide power outage in the St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island district when a generating unit malfunctioned earlier this evening. Plant personnel have restored most generating units to service in the Harley Power Plant and are restoring feeders to service as quickly as possible.

Yeah, Power came back on here around 11:30 or so, too. Per my clocks, looks like right around 11:45-12am.

And, unfortunately, it would seem this blackout took out my wireless router ... can't get it back up and running. 🙁


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Exit Zero
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December 23, 2011 2:41 pm  

It took out my cable box - I am on my way to sit at Innovative.


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December 23, 2011 5:55 pm  

WAPA's site showed the outage info at around 6:30 but it wasn't as a news article. It was in red text under their main logo. Currently it's showing an issue about the water pumps.


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December 23, 2011 9:55 pm  

All of these constant outages are an indication that the WAPA equipment is beyond their effective repair period. The WAPA fleet is in dire need of replacement with modern and more efficient equipment.


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December 23, 2011 11:38 pm  

Again WAPA has shown that it run by a bunch for people who don't care about the public.

Many of the outages we have had could have been avoided. But Mr OVER PAID Hodge has not taken the steps to move WAPA forward. It is just a stall operation.

Think about where WAPA will be in 5 years? What if oil goes to 200+ a barrel? Our business can't survive today on 50C / KW.

GET HODGE OUT and get rid of the entire management staff! Lets have a plan to get ourselves down to 25C/kw, only tree times the main land average.

I SEE NOTHING FOR OUR FUTURE BUT MORE BLACK OUTS.

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Lucy
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December 24, 2011 1:16 pm  

BilD, one way to get down to 25 cents is with LNG. This will take some time (and money) but it could be a 2-step process. Put in new diesel-engine technology like that from MAN Diesel with exhaust heat recovery. The efficiency is over 50%. These units are convertable. Use fuel oil for the time being until the infrastructure is in place for LNG. Even on fuel oil, it is better than a boiler-STG that is 30% eff.


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