Long distance power plan

The executive director of the VI Water and Power Authority is backing the idea of sourcing the islands’ power from Florida.  Alberto Bruno-Vega thinks "a pipeline from Florida Power & Light down through the Caribbean to Puerto Rico … (should be) extended a little farther ton the USVI," according to a report at Hardbeatnews.com.   "Being connected to the U.S. power grid could mean cheaper power, less local pollution and fewer outages," Bruno-Vega said.

The WAPA chief has asked permission from his governing board to begin discussions with the agency in Puerto Rico and the Florida utility.  A spokesman  for the PR Electrical Energy Authority said it is "evaluating several possibilities … underwater high voltage cable is one of them, but there are no definite plans yet."

Bruno-Vega said connecting the USVI to FPL would provide for instantaneous backup during local power problems.  "Many European countries have similar submarine cable systems," he said.

1 thought on “Long distance power plan”

  1. This seems like a tremendous homeland security risk. What about increasing our local energy production through solar and wind.

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