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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.

May 18, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company lodges complaint against DWS

KAILUA-KONA – Lalamilo Wind Company in April filed an administrative complaint with the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply in what could prove a predecessor to a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The complaint claims DWS is guilty of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation and promissory estoppel. The claims stem primarily from LWC’s view that the department has failed to fulfill wind energy purchasing obligations as outlined in a power purchase agreement the entities entered . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm submits study on endangered species impacts

Hawaii’s largest windfarm has submitted a supplemental environmental impact statementaddressing its recognition that the project will kill more endangered speciesthan originally anticipated. And the public has until June 24 to comment. The Kawailoa Wind Project on Oahu’s North Shore had previously expected it would have an impact on endangered Hawaiian hoary bats that live in the area and had discussed the impacts in an initial environmental impact statement. But now the 69-megawatt wind farm located near Haleiwa expects it may . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Judge upholds board’s decision on wind farm plan

A Circuit judge on Wednesday affirmed a state board’s decision to approve the specific limitations put in place for the developer of a 25-megawatt wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore in regard to its impacts on opeapea, or Hawaiian hoary bats. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-1 last year to approve the developer’s habitat conservation plan and “incidental take” license in a contested case filed by Keep the North Shore Country, a group concerned about the . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Judge upholds land board decision to allow a new North Shore wind farm

A state judge Wednesday upheld a land board decision to allow a new wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore. The board previously said the Na Pua Makani project in Kahuku could proceed, despite expectations that it would kill a number of native bats every year. The group Keep the North Shore Country appealed the decision, but the judge sided with the state. As part of the deal, the wind farm will create a Habitat Conservation Plan, and spend nearly $5 . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing Friday on bat deaths at wind farm

A hearing on Auwahi Wind Farm’s plans to increase the limit on incidental deaths of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bats in its turbines from 21 to 140 through 2032 will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Kula Elementary School. The limits in the original Habitat Conservation Plan, approved Feb. 9, 2012, have been reached, based on model estimates, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources news release said. The 21-megawatt wind farm, with eight turbines and an 11-MW . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Auwahi Wind Farm Draft Habitat Hearing, Feb. 15

An opening hearing will be held to receive testimony on the Auwahi Wind Farm draft Habitat Conservation Plan amendment. Auwahi Wind Energy, LLC operates eight 3-megawatt wind turbines augmented by an 11-megawatt battery storage system located on ‘Ulupalakua Ranch, on the eastern side of the island of Maui. The project was constructed in 2012 and has been in operation since that time. The DLNR Division Division of Forestry and Wildlife hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

A planned wind farm is getting opposition from an unusual source: Environmentalists

The developers of the Palehua Wind project say it’s one of the last and best sites to build a wind farm on Oahu. But the project faces mounting criticism from environmentalists and community leaders. According to Hawaiian Electric Co., the 2,000-acre wind farm in the Makakilo hills will provide enough electricity to power 25,000 homes at a cost much lower than power plants burning fossil fuels. “It is among the two or three best wind sites on this island for . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed West Oahu wind farm gets voted down at neighborhood board meetings

West Oahu residents continue to speak out against the Palehua Wind Project, a plan to place 13 large wind turbines along the mountain ridge line overlooking Makakilo, Ko Olina, Kapolei, and other west side communities. The project by Eurus Energy was designed to help reduce energy costs for West Oahu residents and provide a renewable energy source. It has not gained government approval yet, but neighborhood boards still voted against it Wednesday night, the Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale, passed . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Feds say Hawaii is too quick to approve wind power turbines

The federal government has charged that state officials are rushing to approve wind power projects without adequately considering environmental impacts, particularly the adverse consequences for an endangered species, the opeapea bat. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in a Dec. 27 letter to stop approving any new wind turbines until state and federal officials have had the chance to meet with the facility owners and review the plans. This could substantially slow down PUC . . . Complete story »

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 »

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