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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


September 14, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Auwahi allowed to increase ‘incidental take’ of bats

Auwahi Wind Energy’s request to be allowed more accidental bat deaths at its wind farm in Kanaio was accepted by state and federal agencies, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week. Auwahi Wind Energy owns the 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind Farm on Ulupalakua Ranch land. It sought to increase its “incidental take” of ope’ape’a, or Hawaiian hoary bats, to 140, up from the 21 bats in its original application, through 2037. The final supplemental environmental impact statement to increase the bat deaths . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

‘This is our Mauna Kea’: Oahu wind farm opponents say they’re inspired by Big Island protests

As protesters on Mauna Kea fight the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope for a ninth week, residents on Oahu’s North Shore are drawing inspiration from the Big Island as they fight a land battle of their own. A community group in Kahuku has been trying unsuccessfully to stop the installation of eight wind turbines that would add to a dozen already standing in the area. At 568 feet, the new turbines would be the tallest in the state. Workers are . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Leaders of a wind farm project on Oahu’s North Shore seek compromise but residents say ‘no more’

Another wind farm company tried to make a good impression on Oahu’s North Shore Tuesday, but the critics aren’t budging. Several residents are upset that eight more turbines are scheduled to be trucked into Kahuku next month for the project known as Na Pua Makani. The project six years in the making. “We want to be a partner with Hawaii in meeting its renewable energy goals,” said Lisa Krueger, AES’ United States Strategic Business Unit President. Leaders from AES, the . . . Complete story »


August 25, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Group hosts garage sale, hopes funds will stop Kahuku wind turbine project

A group of North Shore residents hosted a garage sale Saturday morning in Kahuku for a special cause. Ku Kiai Kahuku is a grassroots movement that started two weeks ago, hoping to prevent a big wind project from developing in their backyard. Through community fundraising efforts, the group hopes to raise $10,000. “If you don’t speak out now, more billion dollar companies will come, they will keep coming and they’ll keep pressing on these communities who can’t afford the time . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms bribe environmentalists for permission to kill 300 bats, 44 nene

Excerpts from four articles in the August, 2019, edition of Environment Hawaii and one from Maui News … After Paying $2.75M Bribe, Kawailoa Windfarm Gets Permit to Kill 160 More Bats EH: … “We’re not happy,” Lisa Spain told the room after casting the deciding vote to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would allow the state’s largest wind farm to kill 160 more endangered bats than the 60 it was originally allowed to. The 4-1-1 vote, held at . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm to include 8 wind turbines as tall as 56-story buildings

With Hawaii focused on renewable energy, preparation work is underway for a new wind farm that will have the tallest turbines in the state. Some environmentalists and Kahuku residents, however, still oppose the project. They’re holding a fundraiser on Tuesday night at the Kahuku Community Center to support the latest phase of their legal fight. AES Hawaii took over the Na Pua Makani project last year. The company plans to build a wind farm with eight turbines that are 568 . . . Complete story »


August 10, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Decision coming on request for more bat deaths at wind farms

The federal government will decide next month whether to allow a higher number of accidental bird and bat deaths at two Maui wind farms. Auwahi Wind Energy is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow an “incidental take” of 140 ope’ape’a, or Hawaiian hoary bats, up from the 21 bats it’s currently allowed to take. Kaheawa Wind Power II, meanwhile, is requesting to increase its incidental take of adult hoary bats from 11 to 38 and nene from . . . Complete story »


May 18, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company lodges complaint against DWS

KAILUA-KONA – Lalamilo Wind Company in April filed an administrative complaint with the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply in what could prove a predecessor to a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The complaint claims DWS is guilty of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation and promissory estoppel. The claims stem primarily from LWC’s view that the department has failed to fulfill wind energy purchasing obligations as outlined in a power purchase agreement the entities entered . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm submits study on endangered species impacts

Hawaii’s largest windfarm has submitted a supplemental environmental impact statementaddressing its recognition that the project will kill more endangered speciesthan originally anticipated. And the public has until June 24 to comment. The Kawailoa Wind Project on Oahu’s North Shore had previously expected it would have an impact on endangered Hawaiian hoary bats that live in the area and had discussed the impacts in an initial environmental impact statement. But now the 69-megawatt wind farm located near Haleiwa expects it may . . . Complete story »


April 11, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Judge upholds board’s decision on wind farm plan

A Circuit judge on Wednesday affirmed a state board’s decision to approve the specific limitations put in place for the developer of a 25-megawatt wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore in regard to its impacts on opeapea, or Hawaiian hoary bats. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-1 last year to approve the developer’s habitat conservation plan and “incidental take” license in a contested case filed by Keep the North Shore Country, a group concerned about the . . . Complete story »


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