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Windmills at Kaheawa, above Maalaea. Courtesy of First Wind.
Renewable Energy De-Linked From Fossil on Electricity Bills
April 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Business

On Tuesday, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved an amended power purchase contract between Kaheawa Wind Power, LLC and Maui Electric Company.

Aerial view of Kaheawa windmills aboard a flight headed to Kahului Airport. File photo by Wendy Osher.
Kaheawa Amends Permit to Address Protected Species
December 6th, 2011 · Comments Off · Maui News

The amendment, if approved, would reduce the level of authorized incidental take of the endangered Hawaiian petrel (uau) and the threatened Newell’s shearwater (ao), in the course of operating the windfarm.

Kahuku Wind image courtesy First Wind.
30 MW Kahulu Wind Commercial Operations Begin
March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News

The project is able generate enough renewable energy to power up to 7,700 Oahu homes annually.

Maalaea wind turbines at Kaheawa Wind Farm. File photo by Wendy Osher.
Newly approved contract clears way for largest wind energy project in state on Maui
February 16th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Featured, Maui News

When the expansion is complete, Kaheawa will produce a combined capacity of 51 MW, enough energy to power 20,000 Maui homes.

Habitat Conservation Plan Revised for Proposed Windfarm
Habitat Conservation Plan Revised for Proposed Windfarm
January 4th, 2010 · Comments Off · Maui News

A revised Habitat Conservation Plan has been prepared for the proposed development of additional wind turbines above Maalaea. The plan was revised because of changes to the project description and a new turbine layout.

File Photo by Wendy Osher.  Governor Linda Lingle and Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, toured the Kaheawa Wind Power facility in Maalaea in February of 2008.
State Moves Closer in its Plan to Ship Wind Energy From Maui to Oahu
October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News

The state is seeking bids from companies interested in linking Maui County to Oahu using a system of undersea cables. The proposed project was unveiled a year ago when the state entered into an agreement with Hawaiian Electric companies to connect the islands into one electrical grid, allowing renewable wind power generated in Maui County […]

Kahaewa wind project. File photo.
March 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News

Kaheawa Wind Power is proposing to build an additional 14 wind turbine generators that are nearly identical to the 20 that already operate in the pastures above Maalaea. The company prepared a draft environmental impact statement in February explaining that the new 21 megawatt facility would be located adjacent to the existing 30 MW wind […]