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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Hawaiian Electric Companies has rolled out a statewide plan that sets a goal for Molokai of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Over the next three years, the electric utility is proposing 1.4 megawatts (MW) of additional photovoltaic energy to be added to the island’s existing 2.3 MW of energy coming from rooftop solar panels, as well as 5 MW of wind energy. The plan also calls for a transition to biofuel for “some” of the island’s 12 MW of . . .
The cost of your future electric bill rests, once again, with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. It’s been years since Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Co. began their joint effort to plan Hawaii’s energy future. Their most recent power supply improvement plan, or PSIP, includes how to gather 100 percent of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and water by 2045 – a goal required by state law. The decision ahead for the commission not only . . .
As if Oahu’s fabled North Shore needed anymore attention because of its world-famous waves. A battle is starting to swell between the developer of an on-shore wind energy farm that is planned for the area and a community group called “Surfers 4 Solar.” They are waging a battle over the effects the giant wind turbines may be having on the waves at one of the most-famous surf spots on the planet. The surfers claim that changes in wind conditions at . . .