Monday, September 21, 2009

Kahuku Wind Farm Aiming for 2010 Operations

Two wind farms are slated for the hills above Kahuku on Oahu’s North Shore, and where do the calls to the Energy Futures show come from? Lanai. Go figure.

Maybe the lack of calls from the North Shore is testament to the community relations work being done by First Wind and West Wind Works, which intend to build farms of 30 and 25 megawatts respectively not far from Kahuku town.

Noelani Kalipi of First Wind said construction is slated for the spring if the company's permitting goes according to plan, with full operation anticipated by December 2010. West Wind Works’ Keith Avery also has hopes for a speedy resolution of its processes. (We forgot the camera, so there's no traditional in-studio photo at the top of this post.)

Today’s show will be archived by Tuesday afternoon at the Hawaii Public Radio website.

September 28th Show
We shift our sights from Oahu's North Shore to Kauai, which sometimes feels like the forgotten island when we start ticking off the energy initiatives around the state. Kauai is the only island not served by Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries. We'll interview Randy Hee, president of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, to see what a customer-owned utility is doing to replace fossil fuel generation with renewable sources. Our second guest will be Ken Stokes of The Kauaian Institute, which advocates sustainability measures for the Garden Isle.
Energy Futures airs "live" from 5-6 pm each Monday on KIPO-FM (89.3 on Oahu) and streamed on the Internet.

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