White House Supports WIP’s Proposed Nevis-Puerto Rico Electrical Interconnection
The White House supports the idea of a submarine electrical interconnection to supply low cost renewable “green” energy from Nevis, West Indies to Puerto Rico. West Indies Power (WIP) proposes to supply geothermal energy to Puerto Rico in 2014/2015 via a 400km, 350kv, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) submarine cable, similar to those that are already in use in Europe (Norway to Holland).
This is part of WIP’s “Caribbean Interconnect Project” whereby it is proposing to create a submarine electrical grid to supply electrical power from its geothermal power plants in Nevis, Dominica and Saba to the islands of the Caribbean including Puerto Rico.
The “Report by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status” issued on March 11, 2011 offers concrete proposals to spur the Puerto Rico economy as well as specific transportation, energy and federal program proposals.
One of the recommendations states: “Furthermore, to advance discussions in the Caribbean region on the potential for subsea electrical interconnection under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the Department of State, through a grant to the Organization of American States (OAS), should fund a pre-feasibility study to examine an interconnection between Puerto Rico and St. Kitts and Nevis. This work results from a request from the government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the Department of State’s assistance as it tries to develop Nevis’ geothermal resources (estimated potential of up to 300 megawatts (MW). St. Kitts and Nevis’ power demand is approximately 40 MW, making Puerto Rico an important prospective market.”
Kerry McDonald, CEO of WIP stated: “WIP is happy to see that the Government of the United States supports its idea of a ‘Caribbean Interconnect Program’ whereby electric power from its’ geothermal power plants on Nevis and other islands will be transported for use in other islands via submarine electric cables for the benefit of all the peoples in the Caribbean.”