Chair’s Report 2016 Q2

By Nelson Ho Despite geothermal energy being over 40 years old in Hawai’i, it continues to stumble into minefields as it attempts to expand its role as an energy resource. Far from encouraging “smart energy, smart growth, and smart businesses,” the land use policies of geothermal developers have created a gauntlet of outraged communities. Let’s … Read more

Three environmentally risky energy projects on Hawai’i Island just dropped off the radar.

By Cory Harden First, Ormat, parent company of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), withdrew from contract negotiations with Hawai’i Electric Light Company (HELCO). The contract would have been for a new geothermal plant to provide 25 more megawatts of geothermal energy on Hawai’i Island. HELCO was requiring an adjustable power output, but that’s difficult to do … Read more

Geothermal Update

by Cory Harden, Conservation Co-chair Geothermal protections are being dismantled, new projects are forging ahead, and many risks from ongoing operations at Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) remain unabated. For years, geothermal projects were limited to designated subzones, and county planning commissions could deny geothermal permits. But since the State passed Act 97 two years ago, … Read more