19 Feb '12, 5pm

US Virgin Islands Launches 15-Year Energy Initiative to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 60%

US Virgin Islands Launches 15-Year Energy Initiative to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 60%

Targeting new, emerging technologies in locations and environments where they can make the greatest impact makes a lot of sense, and when it comes to renewable energy, island communities, cities and states fit the bill. A clean, renewable energy movement is afoot in Hawai’i, where proponents are laying out a path to a 100% renewable energy future. A similar initiative is underway in the US Virgin Islands . Like Hawai’i, the USVI – at great and increasing costs – depends on oil imports to produce most of its electricity, nearly 100% of it in the case of the USVI. As a result, the Caribbean island territory’s 110,000 residents pay some $0.47 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity – some 4-5x more than consumers in the continental US. USVI residents also depend on foreign oil to produce freshwater via seawater desalination. USVI Governor John P. de Jongh Jr. and his administ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/19/us-virgin-islands-lau...

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