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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 8, 2019 • Hawaii, Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Trip to Hawaii reveals rusting wind turbines

Recently, my wife and I were blessed with an early Christmas gift from our son. We spent a week in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I would like to share with you some of our experiences. I will not excite you with details about Pearl Harbor, the volcano, nor the Space Observatory located at 14,000 feet above sea level on the Big Island. Although the star shower from that vantage point was an awesome experience, I wish instead to tell . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Councilwoman Pine says Leeward Coast open to all renewable projects but tired of being disrespected

A proposed new 46.8-megawatt wind farm on Oahu’s west side is encountering public pushback with communities along the island’s Leeward Coast feeling “disrespected” by the news of a signed agreement between electric utility company Hawaiian Electric Co. and renewable energy developer Eurus Energy America Corp. in the face of their concerns and questions. “Any project that comes to the Leeward Coast is going to have to deal with the historical effects of people disrespecting the community,” Honolulu City Council member . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm impacts worry Leeward Oahu residents

Community leaders in Leeward Oahu are voicing opposition to the Palehua Wind project proposed for the Waianae range above their homes. City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine said she and other leeward community members were taken by surprise at news of Eurus Energy America Corp.’s purchase-power agreement with Hawaiian Electric Co. that entails a 13-turbine wind farm above the Kahe Power Plant since they had earlier expressed concerns about it. Pine said in a news release that it was disappointing Eurus . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Draft report calls for higher wind farm hoary bat allowance

Public comments are due Jan. 22 on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Auwahi Wind Farm triggered by concern over escalating deaths of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats at Auwahi’s Ulupalakua site. Under the proposed amendment, called for by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the wind farm would be allowed to increase its incidental take from 21 to 140 bats (129 direct and 11 indirect) through 2032. Previously, the proposed increased take was up to 197 . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer rejects criticism of new West Oahu project, calls it ‘premature’

A proposed new wind farm project on Oahu’s west side has already come under fire, even though the project is in its infancy with final plans subject to studies, community input and regulatory approval. The 46.8-megawatt Palehua Wind project, which would see 13 wind turbines being erected along the Waianae Range, will be capable of generating 150,000 megawatt-hours of energy per, enough to power 25,000 homes. On Nov. 21, project developer Eurus Energy America said its subsidiary EE Ewa LLC . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Dead bats are changing people’s minds about this energy project

In Western popular culture, bats are associated with scary things like Halloween and Dracula. But on the North Shore, residents are rallying in defense of the tiny flying mammal known as the Hawaiian hoary bat, the opeapea, a nocturnal tree-roosting creature that feeds on insects. Bats have always been viewed differently in Hawaii. This tiny furry animal, which has a 1-foot wingspan but weighs less than 1 ounce, somehow managed to cross the vast Pacific to arrive here eons ago . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

New West Oahu wind power project part of larger restoration, conservation effort

Oahu’s Waianae Range will be the future home of more than a dozen wind turbines after Hawaiian Electric Co. signed a power purchase agreement with EE Ewa LLC for a new 46.8-megawatt wind project on the island’s west side. The Honolulu-based utility submitted the agreement to the state Public Utilities Commission for review on Wednesday. If approved by the PUC, the Palehua Wind project, consisting of 13 wind turbines with a height of 260 feet from base to hub, will . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

It’s real property because we said so!

Today we look at a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits. Once upon a time there were a couple of companies that constructed some large wind turbines on mountain ridges on Maui. The wind farms aren’t cheap. The first one, built on the West Maui Mountains, cost $69 million to construct. This caught the attention of alert real property assessors in Maui County, who . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm addressing endangered bats’ deaths

Hawaii’s largest wind farm has come up with a new proposal to offset, and hopefully reduce, killings of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats. The renewable energy plant called Kawailoa Wind, with 30 turbines on Oahu’s North Shore, recently submitted a draft plan to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to address higher-than-expected deaths in recent years. The public may comment on the plan by Dec. 24, and DLNR will hold a public hearing on the plan at a date . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Power restored to Maui customers

Power was restored Saturday evening to about 22,000 Maui customers who experienced an outage earlier in the day, Maui Electric Co. spokesperson Shayna Decker said Sunday. At around 3:55 p.m. Saturday, about 22,000 customers in parts of Upcountry, Lahaina, Kahului, Haiku and East Maui lost power when wind energy from an independent wind farm on the island suddenly dropped and affected frequency of energy on the electrical grid. Decker said this caused the grid to automatically shed loads on various . . . Complete story »

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