Mark Glick, energy administrator for the state, called the initial scope "a little bit shortsighted."
"When this effort, in terms of the programmatic EIS, was begun, it was originally targeted toward one segment of how we got to the 40 percent renewable energy, and it was two wind projects on two islands with a cable connecting," Glick said. "In hindsight, it's pretty easy for me to say that that was a little bit shortsighted."
Firefighters are still looking into the cause of a fire in the battery room of a new wind farm in Kahuku. ...The farm has a 15-megawatt battery storage system that smooths out drops in power caused by changes in the wind.
But the ends don't justify the means, says Henry Curtis, executive director of Life of the Land, an environmental and community action group in Honolulu, who argues that powering O'ahu should not require the industrialization of Lana'i and Moloka'i. "It [the Interisland Wind Project] was conceived in back rooms," he contends, arguing that Big Wind is, in effect, blowing smoke clouding the bigger picture and that favorability toward wind power is indicative of a much bigger issue.