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Major Wind Energy Expansion on Maui

Auwahi wind energy project to expand from 21 to 120 megawatts.
March 29, 2013

Major Wind Energy Expansion on Maui

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According to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, which owns the Auwahi Wind project at Ulupalakua Ranch, they have a plan to expand the wind farm by adding 40 more wind turbines, taking the project from 21 megawatts to 120 megawatts. An investment this ambitious probably wouldn't happen unless things were going well, which is a safe bet, considering how much pressure comes from Maui home owners and businesses to continue making energy more affordable. South Maui real estate is involved in a lot of energy efficiency projects, such as Smart Grid technology, along with widespread use of solar energy technology. That is why residents in this part of the island often follow renewable energy developments like this one.

A major incentive for Sempra arose when the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) submitted a request for proposals to lease up to 1,400 acres of its land to developers for renewable energy projects like this one, along with biomass, solar or hydro power, and Sempra responded to the opportunity with enthusiasm. The arrangement should benefit the DHHL, as well as Sempra, and Maui residents whose energy will hopefully be still more affordable, even though Oahu will be the primary recipient of those extra megawatts.

There are 50 developers with proposals for the lease, and Sempra's will depend on an undersea cable project that would allow Auwahi to send power to Oahu. Of course the cable is a multi-billion-dollar project in itself, but will be a big step forward in reducing the isolation issue that makes energy expensive to the islands.

Sempra is not the only company with an ambitious wind farm project. Castle & Cooke Inc. has the rights to build a wind farm on Lanai that will be capable of producing up to 400 megawatts of energy, and they are moving forward with their plan. Both this wind farm and Auwahi would utilize the undersea cable.

There is already a regulatory framework for the undersea cable, based on the bill the Governor Abercrombie signed into law last year. Having the capability to transmit power between the Hawaiian islands is a wise decision, not just so the state can save money as a whole, but because a strong infrastructure makes a big difference in emergency situations such as natural disasters.

Hopefully, the cable and the project that is granted the DHHL lease will both prove wise investments for the companies involved, and especially for the Maui community. We hope you have found this blog informative! If you need assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

 

Blogs for March 2013

Major Wind Energy Expansion on Maui

Posted on March 29, 2013
Major Wind Energy Expansion on Maui

According to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, which owns the Auwahi Wind project at Ulupalakua Ranch, they have a plan to expand the wind farm by adding 40 more wind turbines, taking the project from 21 megawatts to 120 megawatts. An investment this ambitious probably wouldn't… Continue Reading

Grand Wailea Employees to Keep Jobs After Hotel Sold

Posted on March 22, 2013
Grand Wailea Employees to Keep Jobs After Hotel Sold

A substantial South Maui real estate purchase was recently made when GIC Real Estate, the real estate arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corp., bought the Grand Wailea Hotel. Such a decision could not be made without a high level of… Continue Reading

Increased Projected Hawaii Visitor Arrivals

Posted on March 15, 2013
Increased Projected Hawaii Visitor Arrivals

By Mark Harbison

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, its projection for 2013 arrivals to Hawaii has increased from 8.1 to 8.5 million visitors, a change that will make a major impact on the economy in a positive way, assuming the projection is accurate. After the excellent… Continue Reading

Hawaii No. 1 in Gallup Poll For Best Work Environment

Posted on March 08, 2013
Hawaii No. 1 in Gallup Poll For Best Work Environment

By Mark Harbison

We have yet another piece of evidence proving Hawaii is a great place to live, which should motivate those thinking about a move to Maui. Specifically, this information refers to working in Hawaii.

According to the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index,… Continue Reading

Maui Performs Well Against Global Destinations

Posted on March 01, 2013
Maui Performs Well Against Global Destinations

By Mark Harbison

Maui has been ranked No. 3 among the world's island and sun destinations for hotel occupancy, according to Hospitality Advisors LLC and Smith Travel Research. Oahu was No. 1, while Kauai and the Big Island were also among the top ten. As a… Continue Reading

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