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PSC CERTIFIES SECOND SMALL POWER PRODUCER

WAPA is terrified that a company might come in to the territory and produce power at a far lower cost than WAPA.
About 15 years ago a company, "OTEC" had a method of producing electricity and water from the thermal energy that could be drawn from the waters of St. Croix.
OTEC only wanted WAPA to guarantee that it would purchase a reasonable amount of water. OTEC would require no financial assistance or assistance from the V.I. government. There were several pilot plants in operation in the world at the time. It was a proven technology.
WAPA freaked and the deal, which would have made millions of dollars for St. Croix in fuel savings alone, was blown away.
Is it possible that St. Thomas, which does not have a terminal gradient like St. Croix, could not stand the possibility of St. Croix having cheaper water and power?
One wonders.
Merv Baer
St. Croix

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WAPA is terrified that a company might come in to the territory and produce power at a far lower cost than WAPA.
About 15 years ago a company, "OTEC" had a method of producing electricity and water from the thermal energy that could be drawn from the waters of St. Croix.
OTEC only wanted WAPA to guarantee that it would purchase a reasonable amount of water. OTEC would require no financial assistance or assistance from the V.I. government. There were several pilot plants in operation in the world at the time. It was a proven technology.
WAPA freaked and the deal, which would have made millions of dollars for St. Croix in fuel savings alone, was blown away.
Is it possible that St. Thomas, which does not have a terminal gradient like St. Croix, could not stand the possibility of St. Croix having cheaper water and power?
One wonders.
Merv Baer
St. Croix

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.

Publisher's note : Like the St. Thomas Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much -- and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice ... click here.