Governor John deJongh announced that the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has signed two 20-year Power Purchase Agreements and the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (WMA) has signed two 20-year Solid Waste Management Services Agreements with affiliates of Denver-based Alpine Energy Group LLC (Alpine) to build, own and operate two alternative energy facilities to serve the residents of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.
The alternative energy facilities, to be built on St Croix and St Thomas, with a projected cost of $440 million, will convert an estimated 146,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste into refuse-derived fuel, which will combine with petroleum coke as fuel to generate steam and electric power. Governor deJongh said that these “plants will begin moving WAPA away from complete dependency on fossil fuel for electric power generation and water production” and that it is the first time that the government has developed a viable solution to the landfill and solid waste issues in the Virgin Islands. He hopes that this project will inspire the other Caribbean nations that have experienced similar challenges to consider alternative and renewable energy fuel sources to make energy more affordable for their utility customers.
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