David Tucker and Mary Tiger of the UNC EFC, and Dawn Nall of Wichita State University EFC, led an intensive series of energy management workshops for a small group of drinking water systems on the island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, taking place on several occasions from March through June of 2015, working in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The water systems ranged from schools to apartment complexes and even a shopping mall. First, Ms. Nall visited all seven water systems in March, conducting energy and water use assessments of each water system, and making initial recommendation for energy and water cost management projects. In April, Ms. Tiger held the first of two energy management workshops for the small group of water systems. In May and June, Mr. Tucker held the second of two workshops, and then visited all seven small water systems to give on site, in depth consultation on their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency projects and plans. And in the summer of 2013, Mr. Tucker also taught one-day energy management workshops for groups of small drinking water systems on St. Thomas, and on St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the workshops, we looked at topics such as: energy management case studies; how to construct an energy usage baseline and track project costs and savings across time; how to understand your energy bill; high impact projects; project prioritization and implementation; how to pay for energy management projects; the value of communication; and special topics in energy management for island territories, states, and nations. Energy management finance topics included internal energy revolving funds, power purchase agreements, net metering, and energy savings performance contracting. The formation of energy management teams and comprehensive programs was emphasized.