More than 25 government leaders, energy office officials, and utility company executives from the USVI attended a workshop at NREL in Golden, Colorado, in February 2010. <em>Photo by Adam Warren, NREL</em>

In 2010, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)—serving as a pilot project for the Energy Development in Island Nations initiative—set a goal to reduce its almost 100% dependence on imported fossil fuels. At an inaugural workshop in February 2010, USVI Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr. announced his goal to reduce the territory's dependence on fossil fuel by 60% by 2025. In support of this goal, Gov. de Jongh worked to charter and empower an effective, inclusive leadership team to engage stakeholders and set a generated stakeholder buy-in from the start for meeting the goal. By appointing local energy champions and other technical experts, the USVI was able to pave the way for future successful projects in support of the 60% by 2025 goal.