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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.
Hawaiian Electric Co. residential customers on Oahu will pay an average of 13 cents more a month over the next three years to cover the cost of preliminary studies HECO completed as part of its plan to generate wind energy on the neighbor islands and transmit it to Oahu via an undersea cable.
Castle & Cooke Inc., which kept the rights to build a wind farm capable of producing up to 200 megawatts of renewable energy when CEO David Murdock sold the majority of the Pineapple Island to Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) CEOLarry Ellison last year has remained mum about its plans until Friday.
I just finished reading the transcript of the "open session" the Public Utilities Commission hosted last month: the format included a lively conversation between moderator Maurice Kaya (project director for Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture) and lawyer/consultant/"guest presenter," Scott Hempling. I am now sorry I couldn't be there, for two reasons.
A resolution urging the governor to seek alternatives to wind farms and the proposed undersea cable to carry power to Oʻahu passed unanimously in a joint hearing of the House Committees on Energy and Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection and Commerce on April 10. ...Joann Tool of I Aloha Molokai said that many islanders have been working to conserve energy for years and shouldn't have to bear the burden of other islands' consumption.
Sources tell Pacific Business News that Cultural Surveys Hawaii Inc., which does archaeological cultural and historical research and field services throughout the state, has been conducting archaeological surveys in the area where the wind farm is supposed to be built.
It was one of the biggest cases the Department of Health's Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office has ever had. But they left the air, water, and soil sampling in the hands of First Wind. ...Lawmakers aren't sure that should be the case.
Seven months after they started spinning, the Kahuku wind mills stopped because of a fire. ...under a 20-year contract First Wind could face sanctions if the project doesn't get going again.
People opposed to building a wind farm on the island of Lanai are trying to keep the pressure up to kill the project and some of them took their message to state lawmakers in Honolulu Wednesday.Last week, the owners of Molokai Ranch ended talks with the developer that was trying to build a commercial-scale wind energy project on Molokai.
Representatives in the House committee on the environment voted today to gradually decrease the solar energy tax credit to 15 percent by 2018. ...The credit is currently 35 percent of the cost of each solar energy system. Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the current credit is fiscally unsustainable.