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The $90 million Na Pua Makani wind farm being built by California's Champlin Hawaii Holdings LLC on public and private lands on Oahu's North Shore has been approved by Hawaii regulators this week, according to a public filing.
Most concerning is the number of endangered birds and bats killed by wind turbines over a period of six years and seven months. According to statistics examined by KITV4, 25 Hawaiian hoary bats, 20 nene and four Hawaiian petrels have fallen victim to wind turbines. For a complete list of birds and animals killed by wind turbines in Hawaii, click here .
First Wind announced Thursday that the Kahuku Wind project on the North Shore of Oahu is back online at full capacity. Following a battery facility fire that suspended operations in August of 2012, First Wind worked with Hawaiian Electric Company and other experts to bring the Kahuku project back to its full capacity of 30 megawatts.
Xtreme Power’s bankruptcy filings indicate that the company has more than $10 million in debts owed to more than 50 parties. Creditors include Arnel Investments, which is owed $3.7 million, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, which gave the company a grant under its Section 1603 renewable energy program. The energy department is owed $372,631.
Xtreme Power Inc., the Texas-based battery storage system maker that has most of its projects in Hawaii — including a 15-megawatt system that went up in flames at the Kahuku Wind Farm on Oahu — said that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it continues to look for a buyer to purchase its operation.
Wind energy opponents sometimes cite turbines as the cause of "wind turbine syndrome," which critics attribute to the low-frequency noise and vibrations from spinning turbines. Turbines have been blamed on maladies such as vertigo, migraine headaches, panic attacks, insomnia and heart disease.
First Wind’s 30-megawatt Kahuku Wind Farm on Oahu’s North Shore, which has been hampered by a fire that destroyed its battery warehouse last year, is still only running at a capacity of 5 megawatts, a spokesman for the Boston-based renewable energy company told PBN.
Allegations in a lawsuit brought by a Lloyds of London Insurance underwriter raise questions about the competence of First Wind management personnel.
The insurance company that paid $2.4 million to cover losses from a fire wind farm fire is suing manufacturers that built parts of its battery system.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has dismissed a request by a couple of Lanai residents to disqualify a Honolulu law firm from working on Castle & Cooke's proposed wind farm on Lanai.
Remember several years ago, when Lanai and Molokai were the targets of the undersea cable? One of the corporate partners of Pattern, Michael Cyrus, had this to say about us: "You have to go through this process of noise, where you let people feel that they had a platform to speak, but you can't let the noise distract you." Now it's your turn, Maui.
Although there are currently 29 states/territories with mandated RPS, many legislators in those states are considering - if not actively trying - to roll them back. They are doing this not because they are anti-renewable, or disbelievers in climate change, or are in the pocket of Big Oil and Big Gas. They are doing this because they recognize the price-gouging, rent-seeking opportunities developers - some with no experience at all in building renewables - are relentlessly pursuing.
Former state Public Utilities Commission Chairman Carlito Caliboso, who cast the deciding vote to the advantage of a wind energy project three years ago, now is an attorney representing Castle & Cooke Properties, which is developing the project on Lanai. A thorough review is needed to determine whether his representation constitutes a conflict of interest in violation of rules governing attorney conduct.
A fire on Aug. 1, 2012, destroyed the battery storage building at the 30-megawatt wind energy project, forcing First Wind to shut down the entire facility. The battery maker, Xtreme Power Solutions, said the fire was caused by defective parts in inverters supplied by another company. HECO signed a 20-year agreement to pay First Wind an average of 22.9 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity produced by the Kahuku wind project.
The developer of a proposed wind energy project on Lanai has asked the state Public Utilities Commission for permission to keep confidential some of the information it will be submitting as part of a regulatory review of the project.
Hawaii regulators are instructing Hawaiian Electric Co. to bring more clarity and certainty in its draft request for proposals for 200 megawatts or more of renewable energy for Oahu, according to a filing on Thursday with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.
State regulators have instructed Hawaiian Electric Co. to strike all references to undersea cables and the proposed Lanai wind farm from the utility's long-awaited request for large-scale renewable energy projects that will serve Oahu.
In the first five months of this year, more than a quarter of collected wind energy reported from three wind farms that deliver electricity to Maui Electric Co. has been dumped from the grid, according to the utility's website. As of the latest reported data through May, about 28.8 gigawatt hours of wind energy have been curtailed or dumped, which has cost MECO customers an estimated $352,000, according to state Public Utilities Commission calculations.
Hawaii State Energy Office Administrator Mark Glick said Tuesday that the 200-megawatt portion of the so-called "Big Wind" project on Lanai isn't essential for helping the state reach its renewable energy goal.
Lanai's "Big Wind" opponents are going on the offensive via a television commercial, in which they take aim at Castle & Cooke Hawaii Inc.'s planned 200-megawatt project that would utilize an undersea cable to pump electricity back to Oahu.