UVI and VI Energy Office Seek Community Input on Energy Strategy for the Territory

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The University of the Virgin Islands’ Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) in partnership with the Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) are looking for community input on the development of a comprehensive energy strategic plan for the territory. The aim of the plan is to outline potential strategies, actions and programs that will bring the Virgin Islands together towards a brighter, cleaner and sustainable future of energy management.

The plan will establish both short and long-term objectives for progress in the territory’s energy sector that is in alignment with community principles.

“A comprehensive plan for the territory is urgently needed. What is the vision for the future of the territory? What energy policies and strategies should be implemented to get us there?” asks Ariel Stolz, assistant director of the CGTC. “Before we can move forward, we have to first be honest about where we stand now. The first step is to create a snapshot of the Virgin Islands’ current energy position.”

Virgin Islands solar power (submitted photo)

To emphasize the value of developing an energy strategic plan for the territory, Caribbean Green Technology Center will host three virtual webinars in observance of Energy Awareness Month in October. The one-hour webinars will take place at noon on Oct. 6, 20 and 27 as a ‘Lunch and Learn’ series. Topics will include local solutions for sustainability, solar energy and electric vehicles. To register and for a list of featured guests, including Director Kyle Fleming of the VI Energy Office, visit www.cgtc-usvi.com/energy-month.

Additionally, Caribbean Green Technology Center and the Virgin Islands Energy Office will be contacting agencies individually to request relevant data regarding energy usage and conducting their own analyses to better inform the planning. “The final vision and plan will not only represent the future we all want for the Virgin Islands but will also be based on the best research and analysis so that we can achieve those goals together. Ultimately, we will all work together in order to advocate and promote the actions, programs and policies outlined in the plan to ensure they become a reality,” said Stolz.

Community members who are interested in learning more about the VI Comprehensive Energy Plan are encouraged to visit www.vienergypathways.org. To provide input, please utilize the ‘Get Involved’ prompt on the website to send a message to Caribbean Green Technology Center.

For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at pr@uvi.edu.