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 moreChair’s Report 2016 Q2
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 moreThree environmentally risky energy projects on Hawai’i Island just dropped off the radar.
By Cory Harden A geothermal release while residents were trapped in their homes by near-hurricane conditions and blocked roads, after trees and power lines fell. Monitors for hazardous gases went down, because the power went off and there was no backup generator. Several residents report falling asleep for hours, then feeling unwell for days afterwards. … Read morePuna is fighting back after a triple whammy
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 moreGeothermal Update