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Wind Power News: Hawaii


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 11, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit

KAILUA-KONA – The operator of Lalamilo Wind Farm has applied for a federal permit that would allow for the incidental taking of two endangered Hawaiian species during the project’s operation. Lalamilo Wind Co. is applying for an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) as a result of the operation of the Wind Farm Repowering Project in Waimea. The permit, which also includes a . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks to increase allowed number of bat deaths

Decades after the Hawaiian hoary bat was labeled an endangered species, its population remains a mystery to scientists – which is why Maui conservation groups are hesitant over one wind farm’s request to increase the number of bats it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt wind energy facility on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, wants to increase the number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

DLNR holds hearing on wind farm plan

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), State of Hawaiʻi, pursuant to Chapter 195D, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the Kaheawa Wind Power II Draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Amendment. Based on monitoring data obtained since the start of operations, the incidental take of the Hawaiian Hoary Bat and Nēnē is projected to exceed the currently permitted levels which require an HCP Amendment increasing permitted take . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Seabird refuge appears to be taking off

The West Maui enclosures are among several projects that TerraForm is required to implement to offset bird deaths at its wind farms. Kaheawa Wind Power I and II include 34 wind turbine generators ascending the West Maui slopes. Both sites have 20-year, state-issued licenses that place a limit on incidental bird deaths. An estimated 16 petrels have been killed at the Kaheawa I site since it was permitted in 2006, and none at Kaheawa II since it was permitted in 2012, said Mitchell Craig, TerraForm’s compliance manager for its Habitat Conservation Plan. Complete story »

August 22, 2017 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Big Wind has — finally — blown over

On Aug. 15, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission officially pulled the plug on David Murdock’s environmentally disastrous plans for Big Wind on Lanai. Citing the Legislature’s recent repeal of the 2012 undersea cable bill (Act 205), and HECO’s statement that it no longer needed wind from Lanai to reach its renewable energy targets, the PUC closed the door on the Murdock/Lingle/Abercrombie plan to sacrifice one-quarter of Lanai to enrich a mainland real estate developer’s bottom line. The PUC’s announcement brought . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Group pushes for revision of wind farm’s plan to protect endangered bats

A North Shore preservation group initiated state hearings this week to force the developer of a 25-megawatt wind facility to improve its habitat conservation plan for the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat. Attorneys representing Keep The North Shore Country at the hearings on Monday and Tuesday said Na Pua Makani Power Partners LLC needs to improve its habitat conservation plan for the bat, arguing the developer did not study impacts from taller turbines, or offer adequate mitigation measures for the number . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Endangered bat at center of fight over Kahuku wind farm proposal

An endangered native bat is at the center of a fight over a controversial wind farm proposal on Oahu’s North Shore. Concerned residents showed up for Monday’s contested case hearing for the Na Pua Makani project in Kahuku. The facility would include 8 or 9 wind turbines. The developer, Na Pua Makani Power Partners, considered different models ranging from 427 feet to 656 feet in height. A company spokesman said the wind turbine generators used in the project will be . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms face slew of challenges, could take years to build

The proposed offshore wind farm projects in Hawaii will have to overcome various regulatory hurdles, construction challenges and public scrutiny, if they come at all. The idea for wind farms in the open water off the coast of Oahu falls right into the state’s plan of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2045. While the proposals are ambitious in nature and challenging to execute, they simply try to eliminate one of Hawaii’s geographical challenges – land scarcity. “The offshore wind project . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power raises Maui electric bills

Higher costs for wind power in April increased the bills for electric utility customers on Maui. Typical Maui Electric Co. customers saw a $7.03 increase in April from March, as the average bill for a Maui household using 500 kilowatt-hours is $155.35, or 29.1 cents a kilowatt-hour. In March, the bill was $148.32, or 27.7 cents a kilowatt-hour. Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said Wednesday the Maui utility’s purchase of power from wind facilities, instead of the utility-owned fossil . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Public may get more say in wind farms

Wind farm developers looking to build in agricultural or country zones on Oahu must host a public hearing, present details to the area neighborhood board or community association and notify nearby property owners of the pending permit application, according to rule changes adopted by the Honolulu Planning Commission. The commission’s six members voted unanimously Wednesday to change the City’s Land Use Ordinance. The changes now go to the City Council for approval, then the mayor has to sign off. The . . . Complete story »

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