Former Governor, John P. deJongh outlined an impressive mandate to the Territory: to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels 60% by 2025. Details of his remarks to an energy conference can be found at the Government House website: http://www.governordejongh.com/blog/2012/06/governor-discusses-territorys-renewable-energy-leadership.html . A variety of strategies are to be employed, among them the possible creation of an under-sea cable from Puerto Rico, power-plant conversion to natural gas, large-scale solar power generation, and other alternative energy production methods, including bio-mass and wind.
VI Partners with EDIN and NREL
The plan, a seriously bold initiative by any measure, was conceived by a consortium of energy experts, business leaders and government officials that came together under the guidance of Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
By far the largest portion, 38%, is to be realized by “energy efficiency”
Energy efficiency means a lot of different things. Described as “low-hanging fruit” by NREL’s Karen Petersen, energy efficiency makes up the largest portion of the plan, at 38%. Upgrading the WAPA generators so that they produce power better is an example. Turning off a light is another. However, there’s a difference between CAPITAL INVESTMENT in infrastructure and CONSERVATION. One costs money, the other doesn’t. Ms. Petersen suggested turning the thermostat up in the Territory’s hotels. While that is sure to save money, there is another cost incurred: COMFORT.