Is it WAPA or the Govt. ???
This VI Daily News article clearly states the high level facts. IMO, what is missing is that people in WAPA and Gov.t make decisions based partly on maintaining their statusquo (IE., their job). Or everyone including the officials are skeptical (or fear) change. It is high time that all options are reviewed and the best selected without a bias. For every decision or change there will be a down side. No one will be pleased totally, but let's break the stalemate. And us the population, need to learn the constraints. Many say renewables like wind and solar are the answer. Partly, but the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. One study for the VI states that the grid can only tolerate maybe 10% from renewables to ensure stability. The demand in STT is about 90 MWe. So renewables could potential account for 9MWe. Where does the other 81 MWe come from - currently that comes from fuel oil based generators that can be dispatched 24 / 7.
The Alpine project that is going no where is a good alternative that can be dispatched 24 / 7. And where is all our garbage going to go? The landfills do not not meet EPA requirements and will be shut down.
From what I see, the Govt is mainly to blame and is hiding behind WAPA. Complain, starting from the top down.
SORRY --> It is a St. Thomas Source article.
For those with Facebook accounts, there is one group and a community page (which cross post some information) dedicated to discussions about what to do. Please come join us!
The group is "COMPLETELY REPLACE WAPA IN THE USVI"
It is a closed group, so the admin must approve your "membership" request. There are thoughtful and informative comments, links, and suggestions from members, as well as announcements of protests and other upcoming events.
The community page is "Protest WAPA in the US Virgin Islands"
Lucy: I appreciate your rage. Until the territory adopts a system of districting, there will be no accountability at the legislative level and nothing will change. Semi-autonomous agencies like WAPA and the hospital system are still part of the government.
One study for the VI states that the grid can only tolerate maybe 10% from renewables to ensure stability.
I'm curious about renewable energy sources.
Can you point me to the study that states this?
Nevermind, I found it:
Integrating Renewable Energy into the Transmission and Distribution System of the U.S. Virgin Islands, NREL, September 2011.
Interconnection Feasibility Study – Final Report, Siemens PTI, July 2011