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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.

August 10, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Upgrades coming to Hawi wind farm

Improvements, but not an increase in wind turbines, are coming to the Hawi Energy wind farm at Upolu Point as the company proposes a 20-year extension to its power purchase agreement with Hawaiian Electric Co. Hawi Renewable Development LLC has scheduled an online community meeting about the improvements, set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. To register, visit https://hawienergy.com . North Kohala Councilman Tim Richards welcomes the expansion project. He said Hawi Energy has been a “good neighbor,” and an “obvious partner” . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

This North Shore community has had enough of towering wind turbines

On a recent morning, Sunny Unga, a community activist fighting the presence of a wind farm surrounding her community, stood on the playground of Kahuku Elementary School and showed off the view. In one direction, not far in the distance, a phalanx of a dozen white wind turbines towered on the verdant lands of Oahu’s North Shore. Closer by were two clusters of four windmills each, which make up AES Corp.’s Na Pua Makani project. Each windmill is as tall . . . Complete story »

June 16, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Do we want more local food or cheaper power? Two Hawaii priorities conflict

Honolulu’s effort to implement a landmark state agricultural lands policy faces opposition from major players in the state’s renewable energy industry, highlighting a significant challenge Hawaii faces as it tries to produce more of its own food and electricity in an island chain with limited available land. Gov. David Ige had set a goal of doubling Hawaii’s food production. Meanwhile the Legislature put in place a mandate of producing 100% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2045. But . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Bills aim to expand distance between turbines and homes on Oahu

The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday will take up three measures that aim to increase the distance between wind turbines and neighboring property. The law currently requires wind turbines to be a distance at least equal to the height of the structure away from property lines. However bills 28, 29 and 30 all look to increase that amount. Bill 28, introduced by Council Chairman Tommy Waters, would require wind turbines to be placed at least 1.25 miles away from all . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Kahuku wind farm subject of another court hearing

For the second time in as many months, the Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday heard oral arguments in a case that seeks to undermine the controversial Na Pua Makani wind farm in Kahuku. This time the high court heard an appeal from the environmental nonprofit group Life of the Land, which is seeking to invalidate the state Public Utilities Commission’s approval of an agreement between Hawaiian Electric Co. and the wind farm’s developers for the purchase of wind energy. Attorneys . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2021 • Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Locals worry wind and solar will gobble up forests and farms

Massachusetts has installed solar panels faster than almost any other state as it seeks to reduce its carbon emissions. But some activists say the state’s transition to renewable energy has come at a cost. “We have big multinational solar companies coming and cutting down forests,” said Jane Winn, executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, a nonprofit in the state. “They’re not doing a good job of it, so they’re allowing erosion into wetlands. We’re trying to connect our . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal seeks new buffer for wind farms, residents

A proposal to create a larger buffer zone between new wind turbine developments and neighboring properties was tabled by the Honolulu Planning Commission Wednesday pending further investigation into the matter. But commissioners seemed inclined to go with a smaller buffer zone than the 5 miles originally proposed by Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi and approved by the City Council Zoning Committee last year in the wake of the arrests and controversy involving a wind farm in Kahuku. That proposal, which targets utility-scale . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Ige withdraws land board nominee Sam Gon

Gon’s position on the BLNR was at the center of a challenge to the Kahuku wind farm’s permit to kill bats. A community group argues that Gon improperly participated in voting on the plan. Complete story »

April 3, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Hawaii Supreme Court hears appeal over Kahuku wind farm’s plan

The Hawaii Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a dispute that ultimately comes down to how many endangered Hawaiian hoary bats a Kahuku wind farm is allowed to kill. The controversial Na Pua Makani wind farm made headlines a couple of years ago when about 200 people were arrested trying to stop its massive turbine parts from being hauled from the port at Kalaeloa to Kahuku. Now the 24-megawatt project by Na Pua Makani Power Partners LLC is at . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2021 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm case goes before Hawaii Supreme Court

The fate of dozens of endangered hoary bats was at the center of state Supreme Court arguments on Thursday in a case that could stall the operations of a controversial wind farm in Kahuku and raise the stakes for other renewable energy projects in Hawaii. The legal challenge was the latest manifestation of growing community opposition to the positioning of clean-energy projects, including the Na Pua Makani wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore and the Hu Honua bioenergy plant on . . . Complete story »

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