In Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission (PSC) regulates all public utilities operating in the territory. PSC, while providing the rate payers with the highest quality service in a safe, consistent, and efficient manner ensures a fair and reasonable rate in return.
The PSC generally regulates the utilities providing electric, potable water, telephone, cable TV, and ferryboat services. PSC protects the interests of both utilities and ratepayers by guaranteeing fair rates for the services offered.
The United States Virgin Islands Department of Planning & Natural Resources (DPNR) provides the administration and enforcement of all laws pertaining to the preservation and conservation of fish and wildlife, trees and vegetation, coastal zones, cultural and historical resources, water resources, and air, water, and oil pollution. The objective of the DPNR is to protect, maintain, and manage the natural and cultural resources of the Virgin Islands through proper coordination of economic and structural development.
The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) is the primary administrator of energy programs in the United States Virgin Islands DPNR. The function of VIEO includes conducting research, selecting, applying, advocating and championing energy efficiency, and renewable energy throughout the Virgin Islands. In addition, VIEO monitors with respect to all energy matters, the integration of policies relating to conservation, use, control, distribution, and allocation of energy.
Pursuant to 3 V.I.C. § 8 (b), ‘the Virgin Islands Energy Office is designated the “state agency” for the planning, oversight and coordination of energy programs mandated by federal law including, but not limited to, the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the 1976 Energy Conservation of Production Act, the National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978, and any subsequent federal law. The Governor shall conform the Office, as necessary, to qualify the Virgin Islands for receipt of federal energy funds.’
The Division of Environmental Protection (Division) of the United States Virgin Islands DPNR protects and conserves the natural resources such as air, water, and land upon which life depends. The Division is responsible for environmental protection, and the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations in the US Virgin Islands.