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.
The VI Energy Office (VIEO) and the UVI Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) are hosting the inaugural Energy Fair aimed at empowering Virgin Islanders to transition towards energy independence and become more resilient. The events will take place at the Orville E. Kean Campus, Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas on Oct. 15, and at the Albert A. Sheen Campus, Great Hall on St. Croix on Oct. 30. Starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. each day, activities will include workshops, live demonstrations and the chance to meet with vendors, professionals and leaders in the Territory.
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.