WIND ENERGY IN HAWAII

Kawailoa Wind EIS

Comments due June 24, 2019

Programatic EIS - Federal Process

Comments Due June 10, 2019

It is easy to  support the ideal of wind energy, but these wind turbines are not ideal. 

Kawailoa Wind generates just 22 percent of its advertised capacity. The electricity produced is expensive. They are lethal to endangered species. Nearly everyone who lives near them sees an eye sore. 

I do not believe our pursuit of clean energy requires a blind faith in wind energy at all cost, no matter the adverse impacts.

BOEM

Project Name     Opened        Efficiency

                                Capacity          Towers

Statewide Today                  242                  114

Statewide Pending *            314                  135

Statewide

Kahuku Wind          2011      30      32%       12

Kawailoa Wind       2012      69      22%       30

Na Pua Makani *      TBD       24       TBD         8

Palehua Wind *        TBD       48       TBD        13

Oahu

Kaheawa Wind       2006      30                    20

Kaheawa Wind 2    2012      21                    14

Auwahi Wind          2012      21                     8

Maui

Hawi Renewable      2006      11                    16

Pakini Nui               2007      20                    14

Hawaii

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering the feasibility of giant industrial wind turbines to be constructed as close as seven miles offshore from Kaena Point and Barbers Point. Additionally, Na Pua Makani Wind Project in Kahuku proposes nine turbines in the hills above Kahuku and near the High and Intermediate School.  Kahuku would be surrounded by even larger wind turbines.

Expand Scrutiny of Wind Turbines

January 23, 2017

Click the image to read the January 23, 2017 editorial in the Star Advertiser on Wind Turbines and the need to get a better handle on how to protect endangered species in take licenses. 

Wind farms killing more bats than expected

January 14, 2017

Please click the image to read the January 14, 2017 Honolulu Star Advertiser article by Kathryn Mykleseth about the killing of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat by wind farms.  

Na Pua Makani Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Public Comment Period End 12.17

November 23, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), received an incidental take permit application from Na Pua Makani Power Partners, LLC. The permit would authorize the take of one threatened and six endangered species (including the Hawaiian Hoary Bat) associated the proposed Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project. The Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), describes the activities that may result in the incidental taking of listed species, and the measures the applicant will take to minimize impact on the species. The HCP, Federal Register Notice, and Supplemental EIS can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/

 

 

The end of the public comment period will be on Dec. 17th; written comments can be submitted via email: NaPuaMakanihcp@fws.gov. or U.S. Mail: Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office; 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3–122; Honolulu, HI 96850.

BOEM: Hawaii Offshore Wind Updates Available

October 06, 2016

We received the following notification from BOEM regarding updates to the Offshore Wind Farm:

 

On June 24, 2016, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) and a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). BOEM will use the information and expressions of interest received during the Call comment period to gather information about potential multiple uses and environmental concerns. BOEM received an expression of interest from one additional wind developer during the Call comment period. Prior to the Call, BOEM received a total of three unsolicited wind energy lease requests from two potential wind developers.

 

A summary of the commercial wind interest offshore Hawaii can now be viewed as an update to our website at www.boem.gov/Hawaii. Public comments in response to the Call can be viewed online at www.Regulations.gov. Enter docket number "BOEM 2016-0036" in search bar and click on "Open Docket Folder" link and follow the instructions to view comments.

 

The next step of the planning and leasing process is referred to as Area Identification. During this stage, BOEM balances competing uses, environmental concerns, and the proposed area's potential for commercial wind development, with the goal being the identification of one or more areas suitable for offshore wind leasing. The EA is ongoing and will be informed by the information obtained during the scoping comment period.

Offshore Seabird Monitoring

January 01, 2020

Click the map to read a research paper regarding remote monitoring of birds and bats specifically at offshore wind farms; the map shows the tracking of offshore seabird monitoring at Kaena Point for three years and was funded by BOEM. You can see that the birds fly all over the place where they are proposing these off shore wind farms. You can view other information on this project here.

BOEM Comments for Offshore Wind Farm

September 07, 2016

Please click the image to read my comments on the EA Preparation Notice for the proposed Off Shore Wind Farms.

North Shore News Article: More Windmills

August 03, 2016

Please click the image to read my article in the August 3, 2016 edition of the North Shore News.

North Shore News: Offshore Windmills

July 06, 2016

Please click the image to read my article July 6, 2016 article on Offshore Windmills. The picture of this demo project in Norway give you an inkling of the size of these monstrous turbines.

Honolulu Star Advertiser Article: Feds Begin Move to OK Wind Farms Off Oahu

Please click on the image to read the June 23, 2016 article on off shore wind farms.

KHON 2 News: Two wind energy projects proposed for Oahu

June 02, 2016

Please click the image to be directed to a news report on Na Pua Makani and the proposed Off Shore Wind Farms.

BOEM Frequently Asked Questions: Unsolicited Offshore Wind Lease Requests

May 29, 2016

Click the map to read the Frequently Asked Questions information, distributed by BOEM, regarding the Unsolicited Offshore Wind Lease Requests.

KHON 2 News: Kahuku residents express concerns surrounding new proposed wind farm

May 31, 2015

Please click the image to watch the KHON 2 News report on Na Pua Makani.

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