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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.

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 »

August 29, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Water Board finding puts future of wind farm in question

KAILUA-KONA – A decision by the Hawaii County Water Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday may signal the end of an award-winning renewable energy project and prove the impetus for a legal battle with implications amounting to tens of millions of dollars. The board found the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply (DWS) has complied with a power purchase agreement it entered into with the Lalamilo Wind Company (LWC) in 2013. That year, LWC won a bid to exclusively supply eight . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms want permission to kill more bats — A lot more

Wind turbines are proving to be more of a menace than expected to opeapea – endangered Hawaiian hoary bats, the islands’ only native land mammal. As a result, three wind energy farms are requesting increases in the amount of bats they are allowed to “take.” “Take,” according to the Endangered Species Act, includes harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing or collecting the animals. In 2012, the farms received federal and state permits that allowed them to take a . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

DWS counters claim of contractual obligation to purchase renewable energy for well site

KAILUA-KONA – The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply on Wednesday challenged assertions that it’s obligated to buy a specified amount of wind power to run eight deep wells in South Kohala. Lalamilo Wind Co. secured a county bid to build a wind farm for the Lalamilo-Parker Well Sites and signed a power purchase agreement with DWS in 2013. Since becoming fully operational in September of last year, LWC says the department hasn’t purchased the minimum amount of power specified by . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wasting energy? : Water Board pushes decision on DWS obligation to purchase wind power

KAILUA-KONA – The Hawaii County Water Board voted Tuesday to raise the power cost charge to ratepayers, while choosing to defer action in a power purchase agreement dispute between the Department of Water Supply and Lalamilo Wind Company. Board members were unanimous in their support of a power cost charge hike from $1.88 to $1.94 per 1,000 gallons. DWS cited increased electricity costs from Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) as the basis for its increase request. As for a decision on . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Hawaii governor’s race: Clear differences on energy policy

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s family gas station in Waianae plays a featured role in the gubernatorial candidate’s life story. Her campaign bio leads off talking about the filling station run by her parents, Isao and June. And a sepia-toned photo of the station is prominently displayed on the campaign website, above a picture of Hanabusa as a young legislator at the Hawaii State Capitol. But more than nostalgia links Hanabusa to the fossil fuel industry. Hanabusa served as a director . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm wins state approval

A company trying to build what would be the third wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore has obtained its last discretionary state approval after a contentious proceeding and almost five years of work. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-1 last week to accept a habitat conservation plan largely focused on limiting Hawaiian hoary bat deaths from eight wind turbines spinning on a 707-acre site in Kahuku. An affiliate of California-based Champlin/GEI Wind Holdings LLC received the . . . Complete story »

May 19, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

BLNR approves another windfarm for Kahuku

News Release from DLNR, May 18, 2018 (HONOLULU) – The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) has given the greenlight to Champlin/GEI Wind Holdings LLC’s Na Pua Makani Power Partners LLC’s plans to build a 25-megawatt wind farm near Kahuku on the north shore of Oahu. In a 5-1 vote, with one member recusing, the BLNR issued its Decision and Order in a contested case filed by Keep the North Shore Country and Kahuku resident Elizabeth Rago contesting the . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Planned wind turbines above Makakilo get blowback from residents

A proposal to build a wind farm in the hills above Makakilo is running into opposition from area residents. “I know this is going to be a tough sell,’ said Dean Masuno, a consultant with Eurus Energy. The company has started the planning process to build Renew Palehua, with up to 16 wind turbines near Camp Palehua, on land owned by Gill Ewa Lands and two other landowners. Masuno said the project could generate enough energy to power approximately 27,000 . . . Complete story »

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