AARP shares letter on Tibbar Energy Proposal

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Magdalene Morancie, Acting Director Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederiksted VI 00840 Via E-mail: Madgalene.Morancie@dpnr.vi.gov November 25th, 2014 Dear Director Morancie: AARP Virgin Islands is concerned about the petition currently before the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (“DPNR”). According to the Petition, the applicant Tibbar Energy intends to drill 22 water wells on St. Croix so that they may appropriate over 520,000 gallons of groundwater per day for …

AARP Virgin Islands 2014 Voter Guide is Available Online

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Elected leaders are important resources in a community. These individuals hold a great deal of responsibility for the health, welfare and prosperity of their community. Their leadership and foresight are critical toward the success or failure of all of us. Voters, on the other hand have a responsibility and a duty to learn as much as they can about the individuals who have come forward to serve the community. Only by getting familiar with each candidate can the voters truly …

Ask the Candidates: Here’s How

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Virgin Islanders will elect a new governor, territorial senators and a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4, and AARP is using social media to help voters learn candidates’ views. The effort, called VIW2K—short for “Virgin Islanders Want to Know”—gives voters a chance to pose questions to candidates via Facebook and Twitter, as well as at public events. AARP does not endorse any candidate or political party, but seeks to clarify candidates’ positions on issues important to …

USVI Could be Almost Free of Fossil Fuels by the Year 2025

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy By Paul Chakroff — August 20, 2014 This is the second in a two-part commentary on energy independence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Part one, “Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.,” can be read here.     I applaud WAPA and the VI Energy Office for undertaking (and the US Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs for funding) a USVI integrated energy resource plan, known as an IRP.   My support is conditioned …

Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy In recent newspaper editorials there have been references to the contribution of energy storage to the energy portfolio of the U.S. Virgin Islands. I support this discussion. Energy storage enables the USVI to become almost entirely independent of fossil fuels by2025. It is important to understand that there are different types and scales of energy storage and we need two major types of energy storage to maximize penetration of non-baseload renewable energy resources – such as wind and solar – …

St. Thomas Retirees Advocate for Return of Inappropriately Withheld Retirement Contribution

Posted on 05/9/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Español Government of the Virgin Islands retirees, also known on the island of St. Thomas as Government Retirees United for Fairness (GRUFF) saw their advocacy work pay off on March 17, 2014 when Governor John DeJongh signed Act 7585 into law. The retirees had organized themselves late in 2013 to develop a strategy to advocate for the return of a retirement contribution incorrectly withheld from a retroactive salary payment. In February 2014 the St. Thomas based group hired an attorney …