U.S. Virgin Islands - Renewables Portfolio Targets (Virgin Islands)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||U.S. Virgin Islands - Renewables Portfolio Targets|
|Incentive Type||Renewables Portfolio Standard|
|Eligible Technologies||"Renewable Resources" is not specifically defined in the law.|
|Energy Category|| Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
|Credit Trading|| No
|Standard||20% by 2015; 25% by 2020; 30% by 2025; increasing until 51% of generating capacity is derived from renewable or alternative energy.|
|Technology Minimum|| No
|Date added to DSIRE||2009-08-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-05-10|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
In July 2009, the Virgin Islands passed Act 7075. Among other provisions, the legislation establishes that the "peak demanded generating capacity" of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority* must be from renewables according to the following schedule:
- 20% by January 1, 2015
- 25% by January 1, 2020
- 30% by January 1, 2025
It further establishes that a "majority" of this generating capacity must come from renewables or alternative technologies beyond 2025. Joint rulemaking is to be undertaken by the Virgin Islands Energy Office and the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, although the rules are not yet available (as of February 2011). All of the implementation details of the standard will be developed as a result of the rulemaking.
It should be noted that in early 2010, the US Virgin Islands signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Energy (Office of Minority Economic Impact) and the US Department of Interior (Insular Affairs) to further develop the US Virgin Islands clean energy strategies. The goal set within that Memorandum of Understanding was 60% of the USVI's energy needs would be met by renewables by the year 2025. The USVI is also part of the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) international partnership.
- The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is an autonomous entity within the Government of U.S. Virgin Islands. This public utility provides electricity to St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Water Island, and Hassel Island.
|Contact Name||Don Buchanan|
|Division||Virgin Islands Energy Office|
|Address||4101 Mars Hill|
|Place||St. Croix, Virgin Islands|
|Phone|| (340) 713-8436 Ext:3612
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Act 7075|
|Date Enacted|| 2009-07-03
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.