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.