State and Local Policy Database

U.S. Virgin Islands

State Scorecard Rank

U.S. Virgin Islands

3.5Scored out of 50Updated 9/2017
State Government
Score: 0.5 out of 7
State Government Summary List All

The U.S. Virgin Islands offers one financial incentive for energy efficiency. The territory encourages the use of energy service performance contracts for public facilities, but otherwise does not lead by example. 

Financial Incentives List All

Financial incentive information for the U.S. Virgin Islands is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE U.S. Territories). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rebate Program: Residential rebate program for select ENERGY STAR products and solar hot water heaters.

Last Updated: September 2017

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Updated: July 2015

Public Building Requirements List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2016

Fleets List All

No policy in place or proposed 

Note: For state efficient fleet initiatives, policies listed must make a specific, mandatory requirement for increasing state fleet efficiency. State alternative-fuel vehicle procurement requirements that give a voluntary option to count efficient vehicles are thus not included. 

Last Updated: July 2015

Energy Savings Performance Contracting List All

The Virgin Islands Energy Office promotes and administers energy savings performance contracts for territorial government agencies and provides technical assistance to government instrumentalities. The Energy Office also maintains a list of prequalified ESCOs.

Last Updated: July 2015

Research & Development List All

No public research centers have a focus on energy efficiency. 

Last Updated: July 2015

Buildings
Score: 2.5 out of 7
Buildings Summary List All

The Virgin Islands Building Codes require compliance with the 2009 IECC for residential and commercial new construction. The territory provides training to ensure code compliance.

Residential Codes List All

The Virgin Islands Building Codes require compliance with the 2009 IECC for residential new construction.

Last Updated: July 2016

Commercial Code List All

The Virgin Islands Building Codes require compliance with the 2009 IECC for commercial new construction.

Last Updated: July 2016

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: NA
  • Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: NA
  • Utility Involvement: NA
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group: NA
  • Training/Outreach: The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) - Division of Building Permits (DPNR) has hired and trained inspectors assigned exclusively to energy code compliance in each district. The Virgin Islands Energy Office and DPNR has conducted IECC code compliance training for inspectors, architects, engineers, and contractors. One-on-one instruction on COMcheck and REScheck software is provided by phone, email and in person through DPNR staff.

Last Updated: July 2015

CHP:
Score: 0 out of 4
CHP Summary List All

The U.S. Virgin Islands have limited policies to encourage CHP.

Interconnection StandardsList All

There is currently no interconnection standard in place that applies to CHP.

For more information on interconnection standards, click here.

Last Updated: August 2017

Encouraging CHP as a ResourceList All

There are currently no state policies designed to acquire energy savings from CHP (like other efficiency resources) or energy generation from CHP (in terms of kWh production) that apply to all forms of CHP.

Last Updated: August 2017

Deployment IncentivesList All

There are currently no state policies that provide additional incentives for CHP deployment.

Last Updated: August 2017

Additional Supportive PoliciesList All

There are currently no additional supportive policies to encourage CHP.

Last Updated: August 2017

Utilities:
Score: 0 out of 20
Utilities Summary List All

Electricity generation and distribution in the U.S. Virgin Islands is managed by the Water and Power Authority (WAPA), an independent governmental agency. Currently, there are no energy efficiency programs available to customers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No regulatory mechanisms are in place to incentivize investments in energy efficiency at the utility level.

Transportation:
Score: 0 out of 10
Tailpipe Emission Standards List All

No policy in place or proposed

Last Updated: July 2017

Transporation System Efficiency List All

No policy in place or proposed

Last Updated: July 2017

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

No policy in place or proposed

Last Updated: July 2017

Appliance Standards:
Score: 0 out of 2
Appliance Standards Summary List All

The US Virgin Islands has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.

Last Updated: July 2016