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FL Barrier Islander
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I'm reading in the VI Daily News

"The last batches of milk and ice cream were being shipped out from St. Thomas' eponymous dairy Monday, making it the latest Virgin Islands business to succumb to skyrocketing utility costs.

Trans-Caribbean Dairy Corp., better known as St. Thomas Dairies, received notice from the V.I. Water and Power Authority that its power would be cut off today, according to company President Fred Hintz. In an interview Monday, Hintz said the dairy owes WAPA "a large sum," though he declined to say how much"

Is this the wonderful place I always stop when I'm on the North side to get a milkshake?

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Topic starter Posted : March 6, 2013 7:25 pm
VIsnorkeler
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Yes, but I am pretty sure that Udder Delites will remain open. It is the dairy that is closing. (At least, I hope that is true -- I was just there last week.)

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Posted : March 6, 2013 7:44 pm
Exit Zero
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Where will Udder Delight source the ice cream now?

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Posted : March 6, 2013 8:56 pm
noOne
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Oh please if there is a God don't let Udder Delight go.

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Posted : March 6, 2013 9:44 pm
2usvinuts
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That's a big deal when you live on and island!! that just means its another thing that's harder to get! WAPA should work with the local business at all times, its a way of keeping the community vitalized.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 12:35 am
AandA2VI
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WAPA should eat a bullet. We just realized that we never got got our first bill and its likely overdue now. Neighbors said we should get ready to bend over tomorrow when we go in to hunt down what we owe. Never had to ask to pay someone before.

I know I'm new and all but it does piss me off that businesses are dying because of the cost of staying open is too high. That's horrible. Guess I'm stopping by to have a milkshake tomorrow 🙁 🙁

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Posted : March 7, 2013 2:28 am
Alana33
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Do you have a separate meter for your apt.? Check with your landlord. Did you go to WAPA to set up service to be billed to you when you moved in? WAPA will cut you off if a bill is not paid within a certain amount of time so definitely call and find out what's up with your bill.
You can do so over the phone and pay with a credit card if you don't want to go down and wait in line.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 12:01 pm
vicanuck
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WAPA is here only to serve the government with free electricity and the bondholders with interest payments.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 12:14 pm
poodle
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The best thing that could happen to WAPA is that it self destructs. Only then will they get on the ball with fixing the problem.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 12:58 pm
Alana33
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Well, when it self destructs those of us that must rely on WAPA will be you know what, out of luck.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 1:12 pm
IslandHops
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... WAPA should work with the local business at all times...

Can you explain what you mean by this? What do you expect them to do?

Wapa may very well be bloated, mismanaged, lacking in planning and foresight, and operating with outdated inefficient equipment. And yes, we may very well be funding the overly air conditioned government offices through the increased rates we all pay, but making a blanket statement like this without providing any detail is not very helpful. Should they reduce business rates? Maybe, but then households would need to pay more. What do you really expect them to do to 'work with businesses'?

All businesses and households are struggling under the WAPA regime. The smart ones, who want to remain profitable and can afford the investment, look into ways of generating their own power. I'm not just talking about the Diagio mega-plant, heck even the Avis installed two new wind gens. Of course individuals looking to do the same need to be ready to fight tooth and nail and put up with the long delays in getting approval. Very possibly other government departments try to protect the WAPA status quo by discouraging use of alternate energy by making the process as difficult and delay-inducing as possible. However I have no direct experience whit this, yet, just anecdotal evidence.

I think we are all interested in concrete and implementable solutions to our energy crisis, and sorry Donna C but putting your hand out to the feds asking for more isn't the solution.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 1:14 pm
noOne
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More should be said about WAPA supplying the government down there with free electricity.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 2:49 pm
VIsnorkeler
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AandA, when you go to Udder Delight, ask if they are going to close! I know I heard someone tell me that they were not, but I cannot remember who nor how reliable that source was. So easy to get bad info here and run with it. I'm sure hoping I read that in the newspaper.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 7:23 pm
AandA2VI
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will do! Didn't make it today, dealing with the car I bought - insurance and the BMV. Will go tomorrow.

Alana - I figured out the WAPA no bill issue. They tried to send the bill to our physical addy and not our PO. 😕 Whatever. The GOOD news is it wasn't late at all and was $180, which was what we expected it to be based on my horrible math!

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Posted : March 7, 2013 11:49 pm
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