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The wind farm is the latest project on Oahu’s North Shore to draw harsh push back from the community. Dozens of protesters were arrested during the early days of construction. Opponents say the giant wind turbines were too close to homes and would harm native species in the area.
Numerous West Oahu community leaders opposed the project, saying they did not feel Eurus had gone through the public process adequately enough. Besides being a sacred area for the Native Hawaiian community, they expressed concerns over its impacts on animal habitats, cultural sites and view planes.
As protests of a planned wind farm in Kahuku continue, opponents are also battling the project in the courts. More than 100 people have been arrested so far at wind farm blockades. The opposition might have appeared to come out of nowhere. But in fact, wind farm projects are no stranger to controversy.
More than a dozen opponents of a planned wind energy farm in Kahuku were arrested late Thursday in an attempt to block large turbines and other pieces of construction equipment from getting to the North Shore.
Ku Kiai Kahuku is a movement that started two weeks ago, hoping to prevent a big wind project from developing in their backyard.
The utility said it turned to rolling blackouts Monday, with most customers experiencing a 30 minute outage every three to four hours. "The lack of sun today was a real challenge, as we had virtually no production from our large solar facilities," said Bissell. "On top of that, we have increased demand from residential and commercial rooftop solar customers whose systems aren't producing."
Touted as cheap source of green energy, Palehua wind farm faces mounting opposition from Leeward community
"Enough is enough for this community" said Maeda Timson. "These wind turbines will affect the mauka views in the surrounding neighborhoods of Kapolei, Ko Olina, Honokai, Nanakai, Nanakuli, and likely beyond, for generations to come." "My attitude is let's stop this right from the start,"
The batteries are expected to be commissioned in the second half of this year, and will primarly be used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability, Younicos stated.
Curtailing wind energy has resulted in savings of $769,000 in 2015, $1.3 million in 2016 and $930,000 through November of last year for MECO. But this unexpected change in production cost is putting MECO in a bind. Should the utility accept more wind energy but at a higher cost, or use fossil generation, which is cheaper but has a negative environmental impact?
On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill that requires wind farm developers looking to build in agricultural or country zones on Oahu to host a public hearing, present details to the area neighborhood board or community association and notify nearby property owners of the pending permit application.
Department Deputy Chairman William Aila Jr. said Thursday that the department was notified about two weeks ago that the NextEra subsidiary would be withdrawing from the project. That was a few weeks after the PUC rejected Next-Era's $2.63 billion bid to purchase Hawaiian Electric Co. NextEra had been collecting meteorological, archaeological and biological data to try to determine the best site for the wind power project, said Aila.
NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries announce termination of Merger Agreement
In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) today dismissed without prejudice the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”)1 and NextEra Energy’s (“NextEra”) (collectively, the HECO Companies and NextEra are referred to as the “Applicants”) Joint Application for the Change of Control (“Application” or “Change of Control”). Commissioner Thomas C. Gorak abstained from signing the Decision and Order.
A developer for a proposed new wind farm in Kahuku has unveiled a plan that calls for fewer turbines, but those turbines could be substantially taller than originally proposed. ...the new turbines could be as tall as 656 feet.
Hawaii's goal was to have 15 percent of its power be renewable this year, and it will beat that easily. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., which provides electricity to five Hawaiian islands, said that in 2014, 21 percent of its power was renewable. ...But getting to 100-percent will take much more than merely doing more of the same.
A state agency has rejected a request by the Friends of Lanai that would have given the community group access to confidential information on the terms and conditions of an agreement between Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison and Castle & Cooke Inc. regarding a planned wind energy farm on the Pineapple Island.
California's Champlin Hawaii will hold a public meeting to take comments about its proposed $90 million 24-megawatt wind farm near Kahuku on Oahu's North Shore. Seen in this file photo is First Wind's Kawailoa Wind project, also on the North Shore.
Under the settlement, the city must install photovoltaic arrays on more than 250,000 square feet of buildings and open space at the city’s waste-to-energy H-POWER facility by 2020.
“The electrical system, which runs optimally at 60 hertz, dropped to about 15 hertz when 20.7 megawatts of power from Auwahi Wind went offline." As a result, Maui Electric was forced to load shed customers in order to protect and stabilize Maui’s electrical grid.