Wind Power News: Hawaii
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“If you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far, walk together.” — African proverb I just finished reading the transcript of the “open session” the Public Utilities Commission hosted last month: the format included a lively conversation between moderator Maurice Kaya (project director for Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture) and lawyer/consultant/“guest presenter,” Scott Hempling. I am now sorry I couldn’t be there, for two reasons. First, I learned a lot from this transcript. I . . .
As an elected member of the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board, I was stunned to read fellow member Kent Fonoimoana’s letter regarding his proposal to place certain limitations on wind turbines in our part of the island (“Wind turbine buffer needs to be wider,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, April 15). He wrote that the board did not allow for public comment, an apparent violation of the Sunshine Law. He failed to mention that it was his supporters who, almost to a man, stated that . . .
A resolution urging the governor to seek alternatives to wind farms and the proposed undersea cable to carry power to Oʻahu passed unanimously in a joint hearing of the House Committees on Energy and Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection and Commerce on April 10. Cindy McMillan of Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) appeared and had also submitted written testimony in opposition to HR 150/HCR 189. “It only makes sense for our islands to be interconnected to strengthen and improve our electricity . . .
On April 11, the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board voted on a resolution that increases buffer zones between large industrial turbines and private residences. Current requirements allow wind turbines to be placed no closer than one times the height of the turbine from the landowner’s property line. The need for increasing the current buffer zone is partly due to fires that have occurred at the existing wind facility in Kahuku. This resolution was supported by every community in Koolau-loa except Laie. Not . . .
Hawaiian Electric Co. can now recover $3.9 million from its customers to pay for studies related to the so-called “Big Wind” projects on Lanai and Molokai that would pump electricity to Oahu via an undersea cable. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission ruled on Tuesday that Hawaiian Electric, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE), may recover the cost of the studies through a surcharge over a three-year period beginning on Tuesday at 1.75 percent. In 2011, Hawaiian Electric filed . . .
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power plans to significantly expand its 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind project at Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui by adding some 40 more wind turbines, which would equate to 120 megawatts more of energy, a Sempra spokesman told Pacific Business News. The spokesman for the California-based company, a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) said that the major expansion is in response to a request for proposals from the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which is looking to . . .
I wrote SAVING PARADISE to help save one of the most beautiful places on earth – Molokai. Unknown to most folks but rated by National Geographic as the world’s sixth most beautiful island, it is, as I say in SAVING PARADISE, “much more beautiful than that.” With the world’s tallest sea cliffs on one side and the longest coral reef north of Australia on the other, Molokai is a paradise of rainforests, mountains, green bush, homeland farms, tawny savannas and . . .
Castle & Cooke Inc. CEO David Murdock — who kept the rights to build a wind farm capable of producing up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy when he sold the majority of Lanai to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison last June — is apparently moving ahead with his plans. Sources tell Pacific Business News that Cultural Surveys Hawaii Inc., which does archaeological cultural and historical research and field services throughout the state, has been conducting archaeological surveys in the . . .
It’s been seven months since a fire knocked the Kahuku wind farm offline. Work is underway to rebuild but some want a second look to see if the project is even safe. Kahuku’s First Wind project barely got off the ground, before it was hit with a blow. The turbines spent seven months spinning and now seven months just sitting. A fire in the battery storage facility knocked the system off-line in August. “It wasn’t just sulfuric acid batteries, it . . .
Driving down Kamehameha Highway toward Oahu’s North Shore, one has historically seen a postcard picture of red dirt, pineapples, coffee and Norfolk pine trees with blue corduroy lines ahead, signaling the radical waves that make this place legendary. This drive to the country has changed recently. As soon as Haleiwa comes into view, what catches the eye to the right are the 30 industrial windmills stretched out on the hillside from Chun’s Reef to Waimea Valley. To some, these turbines . . .