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San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

Bringing Maui closer to its energy goals.
October 30, 2009

San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

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By Mark Harbison

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy recently announced the purchase of Auwahi Wind Energy on Maui from Shell WindEnergy Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

What is Auwahi Wind Energy up to lately? They are developing a 22-megawatt wind energy and batter storage project slated to begin around 2011 at Ulupalakua Ranch. The project could become active as early as 2012.

Dick Williams, the president of Shell WindEnergy explained that they sold Auwahi Wind Energy because they plan to focus on projects in the U.S. Mainland and Canada that are more in line with their "strategic direction." They have eight farms on the mainland with a capacity of 900 megawatts.

Up to 28 megawatt-hours of wind energy can be stored by the windmills of the Maui wind project. Sempra Generation intends to expand the energy storage capacity to 72 megawatt-hours and submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to co-fund the costs that would come with such an expansion.

The plan would bring Maui one step closer to achieving the goal of getting 95 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.


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Blogs for October 2009

San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

Posted on October 30, 2009
San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

By Mark Harbison

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy recently announced the purchase of Auwahi Wind Energy on Maui from Shell WindEnergy Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

What is Auwahi Wind Energy up to lately? They are developing a 22-megawatt wind energy and… Continue Reading

Smart Grid on Maui

Posted on October 23, 2009
Smart Grid on Maui

By Mark Harbison

General Electric recently announced that it will be testing its "smart grid" technology in the luxury resort community of Wailea.

What is smart grid? It's a new kind of power grid that saves energy by turning off household appliances when electricity is expensive. It also utilizes… Continue Reading

Xterra Race in Kihei

Posted on October 16, 2009
XTerra Race in Kihei

By Mark Harbison

The XTERRA triathalon race, including 600 international participants, will be held in Kihei on October 25th. Athletes from over twenty countries and forty states will gather at the Maui Prince Hotel where the race will begin and end. Their physical toughness will be challenged over… Continue Reading

Mortgage Rates Fall and Applications Increase

Posted on October 09, 2009
Mortgage Rates Fall and Applications Increase

By Mark Harbison

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, last week's mortgage interest rates continued to drop, spurring a 16.4 percent rise from the week before in applications.

Refinance activity on mortgages increased from 65.3 percent in the week ending on September 25th to 66.3 percent in… Continue Reading

Grow a Beautiful Garden at your South Maui Home

Posted on October 02, 2009
Grow a Beautiful Garden at your South Maui Home

By Mark Harbison

If you are a South Maui enthusiast, like we are, and you are interested in green living, South Maui Sustainability has an upcoming event you will like. It's called "Basics to Bounty in Your South Maui Garden".

Sometimes it seems like… Continue Reading

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