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basefilm
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Good afternoon! I'm considering moving to the VI from Minnesota. I've read and re-read The Settler's Guide book, watched the 'Living in de V.I.' DVD, and have been browsing the forums and other resources on this site. I've a couple questions I could use some help with...

What is the cost of electricity per kWh?
What is the cost of a gallon of gas?
Are gas prices expected to change because of the refinery closing?
(I'm not familiar with how refineries work, but if it provided the islands with a supply of gas that didn't have to be shipped in, it could mean an increase in the price of gas....)

The prices of different goods on https://www.vimovingcenter.com/cost_of_living are 3-4 years old. Are they still accurate?

Thanks,
Ted

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OldTart
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We still "enjoy" the dubious honor of paying the highest rate for electricity in any state or territory under the US flag and it has been thus for the almost 30 years I've lived here. I can't find my last WAPA bill as I write but I'm sure someone can quickly retrieve theirs and let you know the current cost/KW.

Gas prices have been rising again and the other day I paid $4.29/gallon. Prices are similarly rising on the mainland. I personally can't speculate on how much the Hovensa closing will affect our gas prices but no doubt they'll increase.

I haven't looked lately at the price of such as groceries on the VI listing but I would guess that unless they're able to update those prices consistently, many of them are outdated. Prices have shot up on day-to-day goods in the past year alone but, as I mentioned in another thread where a poster attributed the rising prices to local merchants "gouging", this is simply not the case. Prices stateside are rising equally as transportation costs based on increasing oil prices dictate.

Hope that helps.

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STXBob
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Gas prices have been rising again and the other day I paid $4.29/gallon.

To clarify, that price is for STT. It's higher on STJ. On STX, it was as low at $3.69 last week. Without Hovensa, STX prices are expected to rise to roughly STT levels.

For electricity, I think the current WAPA rate is 46 cents per kwhr on all 3 islands, or about 4 times the stateside average price.

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OldTart
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Gas prices have been rising again and the other day I paid $4.29/gallon.

To clarify, that price is for STT. It's higher on STJ. On STX, it was as low at $3.69 last week. Without Hovensa, STX prices are expected to rise to roughly STT levels.

For electricity, I think the current WAPA rate is 46 cents per kwhr on all 3 islands, or about 4 times the stateside average price.

The gas prices on STJ have always been higher than on STT and the prices on STX always lower than either.

I recall that we've always been in the general area of 4-5X higher on electricity rates than stateside norm.

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speee1dy
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our gas prices have always been the same or ( usually ) higher than most places in the states. This info from friends and family who live in the states. prices are expected to rise because of hovensa.
prices for groceries are about 1/3-2/3 higher than in the states. next time you go grocery shopping, give us a list and we will tell you what the prices are here
cost of all goods will most likely rise due to hovensa closing. .

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