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Propane for the Virgin Islands: Coastal Zone Management Meeting

February 11, 2014 (St. Croix) and February 13, 2014 (St. Thomas)


Good evening, I am Hugo V. Hodge Jr., Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. I am here this evening in partnership with Vitol Virgin Islands Corporation to present our project to convert our power plants to use propane as our primary source of fuel for power generation, and to respectfully ask for your favorable consideration of our Major Coastal Zone Management permit application No. CZT-1-14(L). We are pleased to present to you a project that will result in an approximate 30% reduction in fuel costs, substantially lower electric utility bills for our business and residential customers, create a cleaner environment by reducing air emissions, including reducing carbon emissions by over 20%, and will employ the latest designs in storm water control and management. There are few projects that can be described as, “all good news,” but this is one of those projects. Let me start by introducing the team leaders for our project, and two of the environmental consultants that support our team.

  • Gregory Rhymer, Chief Operating Officer, WAPA
  • Lorelei Farrington, General Counsel, WAPA
  • Eduardo Garcia, Vice President, Vitol Virgin Islands Corp.
  • Richard Elliot, Project Manager, VTTI (Engineering)
  • Mark Synnott, Design Engineer, VTTI (Engineering)
  • Teri Donaldson, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP (Environmental Counsel)
  • Russell Rush, Associate Director, Wortham Insurance and Risk Management, LLC
  • Robin Richards, REM, Principal, ENVIRON International Corp. (Environmental Consultant)
  • Amy Dempsey, MA, President, Bioimpact, Inc. (Environmental Consultant)

During my comments today, I’ll address six points.

  1. Who is our partner, Vitol?
  2. How will the conversion be done?
  3. What economic benefits should we expect from the conversion?
  4. What environmental benefits will be gained?
  5. What safety and security features will be incorporated into this project?
  6. As we move forward, how will we continue to involve the public in this process?

When I conclude my remarks, the entire project team will be available to answer any questions the commissioners or the general public may have.

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