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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.

January 23, 2020 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Court: County cannot redefine ‘real property’

The Hawaii Supreme Court said Tuesday that Maui County did not have the power to include wind turbines as “real property” when it taxed major wind farms on Maui. The court upheld an earlier decision by the Tax Appeal Court that the county exceeded its authority under the Hawaii Constitution when it changed its rules to allow wind turbines to be assessed for real property taxes – shortly after an appeals court had decided that wind turbines should not count . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Ewa wind farm seeking community input

As Hawaiian Electric Co. evaluates proposals for a new wave of renewable energy projects on Oahu, one bidder is laying the groundwork for a wind farm with up to 16 turbines on the island’s west side, even before it gets a final nod from HECO. Eurus Energy America Corp. seemed to have a deal with HECO to develop a big wind farm on the eastern slope of the Waianae Range, on property owned by Gill Ewa Lands. But Hawaii regulators delayed the . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Molokai, Lanai renewable energy bids solicited

Molokai will have 78 percent of its power supplied by renewable sources and Lanai 55 to 61 percent by 2023 under a procurement process started by Maui Electric Co. The Public Utilities Commission on Monday approved the utility’s plan to issue a request for proposals for wind and solar power paired with energy storage for the two islands. The projects would come online in 2023. Estimated targets being sought for Molokai are the equivalent of about 4 megawatts of solar . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why you should care about wind turbines in Kahuku

As I look over the devastating site of wind turbines surrounding the community of Kahuku, and think of the brave band of community members and protectors trying so hard to stop this invasion, I am reminded of the famous tale of Don Quixote, a noble man who fought what he perceived as dragons disguised as windmills, proclaimed the virtues of chivalry and turned a mirror on society’s ills and errors. Many called him a fool, yet in the end his . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Oahu residents unite to protest the construction of more towering wind turbines in Kahuku

Besides the existing 12 wind turbines, eight new 568-foot wind turbines are scheduled to tower over the community of Kahuku as the wind farm contractor AES Corp. continues its plans for construction despite island-wide opposition. The voices of community members in Kahuku have largely been disregarded, said opponents, as the State of Hawaii sees the project as necessary in order to fulfill its renewable energy future. David Beus, an associate professor at BYU–Hawaii, said the group Ku Kia’i Kahuku needs . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm can’t blow away protest

With the ongoing protest happening on Mauna Kea, other locals are being inspired and now another protest is well underway. However, rather than taking place on a mountain, this is happening right here on the island of O’ahu. The Na Pua Makani wind farm project is a new wind energy project that is focusing on making O’ahu become energy independent by converting the wind from the North Shore into a renewable power for the island. The protest started on Oct. . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

City lawmaker pushing to restrict future turbines from being built too close to communities

A City lawmaker wants location restrictions on future turbine construction after one of the biggest issues over the controversial Na Pua Makani Wind Farm in Kahuku. Under Honolulu’s city land use ordinance, the minimum distance requirement for wind turbines from property lines is the height of the turbine. For example, the ones being built in Kahuku are 568 feet tall. AES Hawaii, the company behind the project says the closest turbine to a home is about 1,700 feet. However, legally . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm company completes transport of turbine parts ahead of schedule

UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. Kamalani Keliikuli of Ku Kiai Kahuku, a group that opposes the planned Na Pua Makani wind farm, said the group plans to continue their battle against the project in the wake of the completed transport of all the large turbine parts to Kahuku. “Even though the transport is over, we are still fighting it,” Keliikuli said. AES U.S. Generation said earlier today that the overnight transport convoys are done, earlier than expected. (See below.) Keliikuli said they . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

21 additional arrests made as protesters stand their ground against Na Pua Makani wind farm

Tuesday night, there were 21 individuals that were arrested in Kalaeloa and Kahuku as demonstrators stood their ground against the controversial Na Pua Makani wind farm project. Their bail ranged from $100 to $1,000. All of the individuals were released after posting bail. For more than a month, kia’i or protectors as they call themselves, have been trying to block the road where trucks with construction materials leave for Kahuku. AES is building eight, 570 foot tall turbines. Families who . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2019 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind project violates indigenous rights

The Kahuku community has risen up to protect themselves and their sacred and winged creatures from the dangers of a new wind energy project. These turbines are 568 feet high, less than 1,750 feet away from Kahuku Elementary, 1,648 feet away from residents and, especially disturbing, 760 feet away from our farmer’s family residences. Since Oct. 13, 132 kiaʻi (protectors) have been arrested standing in peaceful nonviolent resistance against the construction of the project opposed by the community for 10 . . . Complete story »

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