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Virgin Islands  Energy Office

Who We Are
The mission of the Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) is focused on the promotion of sustainable energy policies in the Virgin Islands that incorporates clean energy production and distribution, energy efficiency, transportation and energy consumption through outreach, financial incentives, training, and technical assistance. In recent years, there has been rapid growth in the availability and accessibility of technology within the energy sector. As a result, implementation of available technology has transcended the existing energy policies within the Virgin Islands. The VIEO plays a critical role in developing relevant energy policy and programs that can bridge the gap between deployable technology and integration best practices.

The VIEO was established under the Office of the Governor in 1974 under Executive Order 182-1974. The VIEO is the designated “state agency” charged with the planning, oversight, and coordination of energy programs according to Federal law. The VIEO also holds the special distinction as the sole agency charged with the implementation and coordination of energy policy from the Executive Branch to the Central Government and its instrumentalities.

What we are doing

 

Many of the upcoming programs are in varying stages of development and as programs draw nearer information will be updated and summary documents will be distributed and marketed through our website and social media

State Energy Program (SEP)

State Energy Program (SEP) Formula 2023 

Grant Number: EE0009493

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Rebate Program 

  • Energy star appliances, roof coatings, computers and full list will be shared before program launch.

KidWind Spring 2024

  • Regional and National competition

Junior Solar Sprint Spring 2024

  • Interisland event & Award ceremony

    Public Education and outreach (PEO)

     reState Energy Program: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (SEP BIL) 5-year cycle

    Grant Number: EE0010105

    VIBES – Virgin Islands Battery & Energy Storage program 

    • Automatic home backup battery systems

    REWD – Renewable Energy Workforce Development   

    • NABCEP Certifications
    • Survey with course offerings coming soon

    GO FLEET – Electric Vehicle (EV) workforce Development and EV Technician Facility (ongoing/in development)

    • Switchlabs vehicle training partnered with C-tech for Electric Vehicle course
    • Upgrades/installations to existing GVI fleet with training during the process
    • Facilitating transition of garage or creation of garage to support EV transition
      • Procurement of EV specific tools and equipment

    Equitable E-mobility Program EV Rebates! (more information here)

    • $5,000 rebate for approved new and used vehicle rebates

    Public Education & Outreach (PEO) Ongoing Launch Fall 2023

    • Targeted Campaigns (Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicles)
    • Marketing plans
      • Social Media (FB, Instagram YouTube) advertisements
      • Revamping website
      • Promotional videos and education videos

    Grid Resiliency estimated Summer 2024

    • Utility focused efforts to support grid resiliency
      1.  

    State Energy Program: Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund (SEP EE RLF)

    Grant Number: EE0010372

    Grant Submitted – Pending Grant Approval

    1. Increase accessibility to EE and RE products/services through bank engagement to offer low interest rate loans.
    2. Loan Loss reserves and/or Interest rate buydowns considered
    3. Intended to be combined with rebate programs to maximize incentives and equitability

    The Virgin Islands Energy Office Weatherization Assistance Program’s (VIEO WAP) goal is to improve energy efficiency for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children under 5 years old, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.  The WAP program formula grant will be launching by October 2023 so stay tuned for eligibility and application documents.

     

    Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Formula Grant Number: EE0009936

        • 147 Homes expected to be Weatherized territory wide 

    Weatherization Assistance Program: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (WAP BIL) Grant Number: EE0010021

        • 333 Homes expected to be Weatherized territory wide

    DOI Energizing Insular Communities

    Charging Stations

    • 34 Purchased to be distributd throughout territory
    • Locations identified and installation plan in development

    Commercial Vehicle Procurement

    • 3 E-transit passenger vans, PO’s underway, working with GVI partners to determine best uses for vehicles
    • Education Complex Microgrid Project
      • Expected completion Fall 2023

    State and Community Energy Programs office (SCEP)

    Home Energy Rebates: Efficiency Rebates – Grant Number:SE0000069

    Home Energy Rebates: Electrification Rebates  – Grant Number SE0000125

    1. State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training
    2. Awards of early admin funds by February 2024. Increased capacity, potentially 2 new positions coming soon.
    3. Estimated final awards January 2025

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law And administered through the Grid Deployment Office

    Formula Grant Funding: Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid 40101(d)

    • Re-Establishment of Power Line Vegetation Management
    • Establish Battery resiliency plan

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Climate Pollution Reduction Planning Grant (CPRPG) Greenhouse Gas Reduction fund

      • Grant Submitted, approval pending
      • Development of Preliminary and Comprehensive Climate Action Plan
      • Emissions inventory for benchmarking

    Solar For All 

      • Grant development in process. Proposal Due September 26th
      • Goal: to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for residential solar investment—enabling millions of low-income households to access affordable, resilient, and clean solar energy.

    Vehicle Electrification in the Virgin Islands

     

    The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Transportation Electrification Roadmap (Roadmap) outlines actions that support the accelerated adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) throughout the territory. Electrifying transportation provides many benefits for residents including reduced costs, improved vehicle reliability and air quality, and an opportunity for a more stable grid.

    Click here or on the image  of the Electrification Roadmap to download a copy

    Real-Time Energy Monitoring Pilot Program

    (REM Program) provided residents and small business owners with a home energy monitor. With this program we aimed to give people more transparency into their energy profile, i.e., how much electricity they use and when. We believe that providing residents and business owners more visibility into their day-to-day electricity usage allows them to make better decisions about how to become more energy efficient through their purchases and behaviors. A successful pilot program allowed the energy office to gain a better understanding of energy usage in the Virgin Islands and develop more ways to increase energy equity in our community.  We hope to use this information to help shape future programs.