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Publications on the U.S. Virgin Islands

Find publications on deploying energy efficiency and renewable energy in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as part of an Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) pilot project.

EDIN-USVI Clean Energy Quarterly
This newsletter highlights progress the EDIN-USVI working groups are making in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, community education and outreach, and energy policy to advance the territory's clean energy goals.

Energy Department Helps Advance Island Clean Energy Goals
This fact sheet highlights a June 2012 solar power purchase agreement between the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and three corporations. It describes how financial support from DOE and technical assistance from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) enabled the USVI to realistically assess its clean energy resources and identify the most viable and cost-effective solutions to its energy challenges—resulting in a $65 million investment in solar energy in the territory.

Energy Office Grant Helps the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station Install Solar Panels, Improve Efficiency, and Cut Monthly Energy Use Nearly 30%
This case study highlights the energy challenges a USVI nonprofit faced, the energy efficient and renewable energy solutions it implemented, and the benefits it has experienced as a result of its clean energy projects.

Integrating Renewable Energy into the Transmission and Distribution System of the U.S. Virgin Islands
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report examines the technical and economic feasibility of integrating renewable energy technologies into the USVI transmission and distribution systems.

NREL's Renewable Energy Development Expertise Reduces Project Risks
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) success story fact sheet highlights a June 2012 solar power purchase agreement between the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and three corporations. The fact sheet describes how technical assistance from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory enabled the U.S. Virgin Islands to realistically assess its clean energy resources and identify the most viable and cost-effective solutions to its energy challenges--resulting in a $65 million investment in solar energy in the territory.

USVI Energy Road Map: Charting the Course to a Clean Energy Future
This NREL brochure provides a high-level overview of the energy challenges the USVI faces, the EDIN project, and the strategy for achieving the USVI's goal of reducing fossil fuel use 60% by 2025 through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy deployment.

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Road Map Analysis
This NREL technical report lays out a potential strategy for achieving the USVI's goal of reducing fossil fuel consumption in the territory 60% by 2025, including specific goals for increasing energy efficiency, deploying renewable energy technologies, and reducing the use of petroleum-based fuel for ground transportation.

U.S. Virgin Islands Petroleum Price Spike Preparation
This NREL technical report details a plan for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to minimize the economic damage caused by major petroleum price increases. This plan was derived largely from a review of the actions taken and behavior changes made by companies and commuters throughout the United States in response to the oil price spike of 2008. Many of these solutions were coordinated by or reported through the 88 local representatives of the DOE's Clean Cities program.

U.S. Virgin Islands Transportation Petroleum Reduction Plan
This NREL technical report outlines a strategy for achieving a 60% reduction in petroleum-based fuel used for ground transportation in the USVI in support of the territory's larger goal of reducing fossil-fuel-based energy consumption 60% by 2025.

Waste-to-Energy Evaluation: U.S. Virgin Islands
This NREL technical report evaluates the environmental impact and fundamental economics of waste-to-energy (WTE) technology based on available data from commercially operating WTE facilities in the United States. In addition, the report evaluates the economics and potential environmental impact of WTE in the USVI based on existing USVI waste stream characterization data, recycling challenges unique to the USVI, and the results of cost and environmental modeling of four municipal solid waste management options.

Wind Power Opportunities in St. Thomas, USVI: A Site-Specific Analysis
This NREL technical report utilizes a development framework originated by NREL and known by the acronym SROPTTC™ to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in identifying and understanding concrete opportunities for wind power development in the territory. The report covers each of the seven components of the SROPTTC framework: Site, Resource, Off-take, Permitting, Technology, Team, and Capital as they apply to wind power in the USVI.