Articles filed under Impact on People from Hawaii

In wake of wind farm fight, North Shore wants a louder voice in future projects

The closest turbine is approximately 1,700 feet away from the nearest home, and about approximately 1,750 feet from Kahuku High School. Area-elected officials told Kahuku residents at a community meeting Wednesday night that there are new bills to greatly increase that distance for future wind turbines. "Everybody can tell they’re too big, too close,” said the area’s State Senator Gil Riviere.
6 Feb 2020

City lawmaker pushing to restrict future turbines from being built too close to communities

"After everything the community of Kahuku has gone through, I think the one lesson definitely learned is that the process wasn't followed in a way that really addressed the community's concern about how close these turbines are to farms, homes and schools," Councilmember Tsuneyoshi said. If passed, Tsuneyoshi's resolution would require that companies build turbines of more than 100 kilowatts at least five miles away from property lines.
26 Nov 2019

Hawaii protests show why wind energy can't save us from climate change

The refusal of all-renewable advocates to consider the cartoonish land requirements of their schemes and how those plans are affecting ordinary people in rural areas is perhaps the single biggest disconnect in the current energy debate. How cartoonish? Last year, two Harvard researchers found that meeting current U.S. electricity needs with wind would require covering a land area twice the size of California with wind turbines. That’s beyond Looney Tunes. 
13 Nov 2019

‘Shadow flicker’ and lost sleep: Are Kahuku wind turbines too close to homes?

If Kahuku’s residents have their way, it won’t be the law much longer. Community members are lobbying legislators such as Sen. Gil Riviere, who said he is drafting legislation to increase setback distances for turbines. “I’m just trying to prevent the rest of the island from having to live with the things the Kahuku community is going to have to live with,” said Kamalani Keliikuli, vice president of Ku Kia’i Kahuku, a community group fighting against additional turbines.
31 Oct 2019

Leaders of a wind farm project on North Shore seek compromise, but residents say ‘no more’

The group Keep the North Shore Country has taken the case to the Intermediate Court of Appeals. “We are gathering our people together to try to get our voices heard to let the government know we do not want any more turbines, especially right behind our children’s elementary school. It is way to close. Way too close,” Muaina said.
11 Sep 2019

Windmills a source of green power, conflict

A massive wind farm proposed for Lanai has been anticipated as a major potential source of green power for Honolulu, but it remains a controversial project on the Pineapple Isle. Castle & Cooke Resorts has proposed to erect as many as 200 wind turbines on 12,800 acres on the remote northwestern end of the island and lay an undersea cable that would send the power to Oahu. While some support a project that could be a revenue-generator for the island's biggest employer, many express deep concerns.
24 Jan 2010

Project whips up fears

At the Blue Ginger Cafe, several residents who talk about a plan for a major wind farm on Lanai are worried the new technology will lead to the end of game hunting on their island. "If they going to stop hunting, that's going to be a bad thing to do," said Sam Shin, a retired pineapple worker. "It's going to cause problems." Castle & Cooke Resorts LLC is developing a plan to build a 300-megawatt wind farm on its land in northwestern Lanai, an area frequented by hunters.
1 Sep 2008

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