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June Workshop in Christiansted Focuses on Clean Energy Strategies

Residents are invited to attend a free Community Clean Energy Workshop at the Bjerget House, 56-58 Hill Street in Christiansted, St. Croix, on June 11. The workshop will feature progress reports on the EDIN-USVI goal of reducing the territory’s dependence on fossil fuel 60 per cent by 2025.

Topics to be covered in the day-long event include renewable energy developments, the future of wind energy in the territory, outreach and education efforts, permitting and interconnecting renewable energy in the USVI, and what the next steps should be. (See the attached agenda for a schedule )

The Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) partners, including the V.I. Energy Office and the V.I. Water and Power Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of the Interior, are hosting the event.

The historic US Viking Bjerget House was chosen as the site for the workshop to highlight the energy efficiency upgrades it is receiving this spring as part of the Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) program. The project, which will reduce the Bjerget House’s energy use by an estimated 52 per cent, was funded by an Energy Office grant.

To register for the EDIN-USVI workshop, call Kinesha Sylvester at the Energy Office – 713.8436 ext. 3610.

Karl Knight of the Energy Office and Hugo Hodge of the Water and Power Authority will provide updates on the status of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.

VIenergize Partner Quality Electric Supply will follow up the workshop with the QES Renewables & Water Production Conference to be held June 12–13 at the V.I. Cardiac Center, Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, St. Croix, and a technology fair to be held at QES on June 14. For more on the QES conference, which requires registration and is separate from the EDIN-USVI workshop, visit the QES website at www.qualityelectricvi.com.  (See attached schedule for details)

To learn more about the EDIN-USVI, visit the Energy Office website at www.vienergy.org and the EDIN website at www.edinenergy.org/usvi.html.



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