Will Princeton work with the entire community?
Who wants to make Moloka`i Energy Independent?
On December 6, 2013 the Interior Department announced “that it has finalized a new rule that will allow renewable energy and other projects to obtain permits to injure, kill or disturb bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years, a move that pleases the wind power industry but alarms environmentalists. …Fish and Wildlife hasn’t issued any five-year eagle take permits to date, though it is considering in a draft environmental assessment to award the first-ever take permit for an existing wind farm to EDF Renewable Energy.”
Molokai Ranch Reveals Plan
On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Molokai Ranch, CEO, Clay Rumboa accompanied by Ranch Staff and the Ranch’s new developer, Princeton Energy Group based in San Francisco, California, presented a power point presentation to the attendees of the Molokai Clean Energy Initiative (MCEI) meeting. The presentation outlined the Ranch’s plans for energy on Molokai. Mr. Rumboa and members of Princeton Energy Group have been meeting with organizations and individuals throughout the island. I Aloha Molokai does not support or oppose what was presented to the MCEI. Click on the link below to view the brochure.*
*Please note that the back page of this brochure could not be copied, the front of the brochure copied twice. The back page of the brochure directs those who would like more information about this plan to contact Dathan Bicoy at IkehuMolokai.com
Our Office Has Relocated!
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by the I Aloha Molokai office throughout this past year. Our lease is up and we have decided to relocate. We will still have the same phone number (808) 213-1321, the same websites: http://www.ialohamolokai.com and www.ialohamolokai.org and the same email address: email@example.com. Contacting us remains easy, and, we will still be happy to meet with anyone!
We would like to say MAHALO to all the volunteers who helped to keep the office open during the weekday mornings! Your help is much appreciated. We could not have made all the connections that we have without you. And, don’t worry – there are still plenty of opportunities on the horizon where we will be calling for help once again.
What is the MCEI?
After five productive meetings the time has come to bring the general public up to date on the Molokai Clean Energy Initiative, or MCEI.
These monthly meetings are held at Kulana O ‘Iwi here on Molokai. They are sponsored by I Aloha Molokai and chaired by IAM President Kanohowailuku Helm. Our goal is to provide both a venue and a forum for communities, organizations and other stakeholders to meet together, share ideas, and envision a cleaner, more affordable energy future for everybody.
IAM is a nonprofit, volunteer community organization, originally formed to oppose the Big Wind turbines slated for Molokai’s West End. Two years ago we were approached by Molokai Ranch, our largest landowner. The Ranch wanted to discuss other issues of concern to the community. We promised we would talk, as soon as the wind turbines went away. This past Spring the Ranch canceled its lease agreement with Pattern Energy. At our first MCEI meeting we were able to keep our promise to the Ranch, and the Ranch is still participating in our discussions.
Another incentive for the MCEI came from our Legislature. Last session our own Representative Mele Carroll drafted a resolution to allow Molokai to opt out of Big Wind and the cable. Two House Committees amended and expanded our draft into a call for bottom-up planning statewide. This became House Concurrent Resolution 189, which passed unanimously. The MCEI is our effort to honor this Resolution and to set an example of bottom-up planning for the rest of the state.
We are confident this effort will continue. We invite everyone to join us, or to set up similar initiatives of their own on other islands. So far, our participants have included: Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Molokai Ranch, Maui County Energy Office, Maui Public Works, Department of Hawaiian Homes, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii State Energy Office, Office of the Consumer Advocate, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Maui Electric Company, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kohala Center, Ti Leaf Group, Sustainable Molokai, Habitat for Humanity, Island Petroleum, and many others.
MCEI has already been a success. Most participants continue to attend, and also to meet and form partnerships on their own. Although we have been able to explore the pros, cons, and costs of a Molokai utility coop, IAM has not yet chosen to support any particular project or organization. Where everyone’s power and wallet is at stake, we want to proceed with care and thoroughness. Once we do decide to support a particular option, we will present it to the whole community for discussion and consideration. All the information and options presented in our meetings are being recorded in minutes and collected in a matrix, which is updated each month. Matrix and past minutes are available upon request.
Mr. Helm saw early on that energy planning is closely linked with emergency preparedness. Without built-in redundancy and back up, no system is likely to function in a crisis. Several of our presenters alerted us to the fact that state disaster plans are incomplete, and that some statewide response sequences have not been established or tested.
Just on Molokai, we have a major shelter (the High School Gym) that doesn’t meet current codes, a west end with no fire station, an east end with a fire station in the flood zone, and other deficiencies. By weaving the preparedness issue into energy planning now, we hope to end up not only with a better prepared Molokai, but also with a better disaster plan for the state. For example, if a tsunami were to close major sea level airports, Molokai’s upcountry airfield could become a central staging area for air-borne relief – if the necessary infrastructure were put in place.
Looking forward, IAM plans to ask our Legislature to reaffirm HCR189. With our Representative, we are also hoping to explore legislation regarding emergency preparedness. This means bringing major shelters up to code, moving emergency equipment out of the flood zone, increasing energy back-up for vital services, and improving coordination with Maui and Oahu.
As we approach the end of the year, we are hoping to make our Third Annual Alternative Energy Festival a showplace for MCEI’s work to date. This year we are expanding the Festival to 3 days:
On Thursday, January 9th we hope to involve Molokai students in an Emergency Preparedness Fair, with service providers, hands on demonstrations, a mock disaster exercise, and prizes for student creativity.
On Friday, January 10th we will bring back community spokesmen, energy experts, and energy vendors for a Statewide Energy Forum, building on ideas from MCEI.
On Saturday, January 11th we will host an IAM Music Festival, with food, games for kids and one or two inspiring speakers. We invite everyone to come join the fun.
Because we live on small, remote and fragile islands, Hawaii does not have the margin of error for poor planning or wasted resources enjoyed by the mainland. We cannot afford wild guesses, quick fixes, or seductive sales pitches. We have to bring everyone together, explore all the options, and make plans that meet real needs with existing resources.
We are I Aloha Molokai, and that’s what we’re trying to do.
Paddler’s Dinner Canceled
Thank you to all that would have attended. Look for us next year!
Governor vows to install undersea cable despite opposition
ByAlan Yonan Jr.
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday reiterated his administration’s commitment to connecting the state’s electrical grids with an undersea transmission cable, telling officials gathered for a global energy conference that such a strategy would allow the islands to share renewable energy resources and ultimately bring down electricity costs.
Abercrombie, in the opening address at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Conference, said false starts in the past by policymakers and others in Hawaii’s energy industry derailed efforts to reduce the state’s dependence on imported oil and bring down energy costs.
“This time we are going to take full advantage and press forward relentlessly on our diverse resources such as geothermal, solar, wind, hydro, bioenergy and biomass,” Abercrombie said.
“We believe that connecting the islands through an integrated, modernized grid is the best way to utilize our islands’ best resources at a scale that will reduce cost. This means lower rates on the neighbor island as soon as they‘re connected,” Abercrombie said.
Toward that end the Abercrombie administration filed comments Monday, responding to a Public Utilities Commission investigation started in July to determine whether a proposed Oahu-Maui interisland transmission system is in the public interest. Officials have said an interisland transmission cable, if approved, would start with an Oahu-to-Maui leg.
The PUC opened the investigation after a series of significant new developments regarding Hawaiian Electric Co.’s renewable-energy plans, including one to generate wind energy on Lanai and transmit the electricity to Oahu via an undersea cable. Among the developments were the sale of Lanai to billionaire Larry Ellison, and changes ordered by the PUC in the bidding process HECO used to select developers for the renewable energy projects.
Abercrombie said his push for the undersea cable would not be dissuaded by opposition from several community and environmental groups on Oahu, Lanai and Molokai.
“We’re committed to doing this,” Abercrombie said. “We’re going to do it. Our strategy is to balance technical, economic, environmental and cultural considerations,” he said.
“Yes, we have to take points of view into account. But opinion that is merely opinion is not going to be good enough. It has to be science-based; it has to be reality-based in terms of the political nature of what is involved in global pricing right now where energy is concerned.”
Mark Glick, administrator of the state’s Energy Office, said the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism hired energy consultant Navigant to help it prepare the document filed with the PUC making its case for the Oahu-Maui cable.
“We looked at it with very clear eyes. If it didn’t pan out economically and technically, if it didn’t provide other value, we wouldn’t have supported it,” Glick said in an interview.
“I think it (the PUC filing) will provide a very clear, objective, defensible position and a very strong case for why it is in the public interest,” Glick said.
Undersea Cable Update:
IAM is on record opposing the sea cable ever touching Molokai or being within miles of the island because of impacts to the reef and the ecosystem. As well, a cable on Molokai means we would be fighting large scale energy projects again. Although some representatives say that the cable will not come here, there are maps that draw a cables to Molokai because it would be a cheap route. By the way, it is not one cable but as many as three that would be laid. We continue to ask if the cable is even necessary because of the extreme costs to us as ratepayers as well as the unknown consequences to the ocean and the creatures and plants that inhabit the ocean.
Vacation is over…..back to work!
The events are coming:
IAM will be hosting our annual Paddler’s Dinner for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai on September 21, 2013. This event is open to the participants of the race and the community. Come join us for great food and entertainment. Call our office at (808)-213 1321 for more information.
Planning is underway for our third annual Alternative Energy Festival. The festival will expand to a three day event: Thursday, January 9 – Friday, January 10 – Saturday, January 11, 2014. If you would like to be involved in anyway, give us a call at (808) 213-1321
Bottoms UP - Enjoy our latest film!
Reason to Celebrate!
On April 23rd, the Senate voted unanimously to pass House Concurrent Resolution 189 that was introduced by Representative Mele Carroll. Representative Carroll and her staff worked with I Aloha Molokai to draft the Resolution that requests that the Governor engage with the islands of Molokai and Lanai in energy planning. The House expanded the Resolution to include all islands. In the House hearings, Representatives made it clear that top down energy planning needed to end and that planning should be inclusive and done from the bottom up to include the ideas and sentiment of all island communities throughout the State.I Aloha Molokai worked with Friends of Lanai to develop this Resolution so that it could meet the needs of both islands. IAM would like to thank the Legislature for hearing our voice and taking this first step to engage in better planning methods. We will continue our work to insure that Molokai and Lanai remain free of industrial wind turbines and the undersea cable. We are also actively working on energy alternatives for Molokai.
The Resolution below is taken from the www.capitol.hawaii.gov website. Click the website link to track how this resolution worked its way through the House and Senate. You can also view all of the testimony that was submitted regarding the Resolution. A big THANK YOU to everyone who sent in their support!
House of Representatives, Twenty-Seventh Legislature, 2013
State of Hawaii
House Concurrent Resolution HCR 189 HD1
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO ENGAGE AND WORK WITH LANAI, MOLOKAI, AND THE OTHER NEIGHBOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES WHEN FORMULATING ENERGY POLICY AND IDENTIFYING ENERGY PROJECTS FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.
WHEREAS, the construction and operation of an interisland high-voltage undersea electric transmission cable system has the potential to improve the distribution of electricity and power throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, Act 165, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, authorized the construction and development of an interisland high-voltage undersea electric transmission cable system to link the electricity consumers of the island of Oahu to the wind energy generation facilities located on other islands of the State; and
WHEREAS, although the development of the interisland high-voltage undersea electric transmission cable system is innovative and seemingly attractive, the placement of wind energy generation facilities near communities throughout the State could have a profoundly negative impact on the communities surrounding the facilities; and
WHEREAS, wind turbines affect the beauty of the landscape, create noise pollution, impede subsistence hunting, gathering, and fishing, and pose potential risks for those who live nearby; and
WHEREAS, residents and community groups on Molokai and Lanai have strongly opposed the construction of wind energy generation facilities on those islands; and
WHEREAS, Act 165, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, authorizes a regulatory structure for the construction of the interisland high-voltage undersea electric transmission cable system, but does not require the construction of the system; and
WHEREAS, the community on the island of Molokai has already begun working together with the State on an island-specific alternative plan to develop local renewable energy that will be less disruptive to the environment and the community; and
WHEREAS, energy projects face much less community opposition, delay, and legal challenges when the community is engaged early and is given the opportunity to work together with the State and energy partners; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2013, the Senate concurring, that the Governor is requested to engage and work with Lanai, Molokai, and the other neighbor island communities when formulating energy policy and identifying energy projects for the State of Hawaii; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, Chairperson of the Public Utilities Commission, Mayor of each county, Executive Director of I Aloha Molokai, Friends of Lanai, Lanaians for Sensible Growth, Kupaa No Lanai, and Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center.
YOUR TESTIMONY IS NEEDED TODAY BEFORE 2 PM!
The State of Hawaii House of Representatives joint committees on Energy and Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection and Commerce will be hearing HCR 189/HR 150. This Resolution urges the Governor and Public Utilities Commission to seek alternatives to the windmills and undersea cable proposed for Molokai and Lanai. A group of I Aloha Molokai members along with members of Friends of Lanai will be traveling to Oahu tomorrow to testify in person. Please help us by emailing, faxing or calling in your testimony! See below for the actual Legislative posting of this important Resolution.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2013
Rep. Chris Lee, Chair
Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Vice Chair
|Rep. Denny Coffman||Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami|
|Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen||Rep. Nicole E. Lowen|
|Rep. Cindy Evans||Rep. Richard Lee Fale|
|Rep. Faye P. Hanohano|
Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair
Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami, Vice Chair
|Rep. Della Au Belatti||Rep. Ken Ito|
|Rep. Tom Brower||Rep. Chris Lee|
|Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla||Rep. Clift Tsuji|
|Rep. Romy M. Cachola||Rep. Ryan I. Yamane|
|Rep. Mele Carroll||Rep. Bob McDermott|
|Rep. Cindy Evans||Rep. Cynthia Thielen|
|Rep. Sharon E. Har|
NOTICE OF HEARING
|DATE:||Wednesday, April 10, 2013|
|PLACE:||Conference Room 325|
415 South Beretania Street
A G E N D A
|HCR 189 / HR 150Status / Status||URGING THE GOVERNOR AND THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO SEEK ALTERNATIVES TO THE INDUSTRIAL WIND GENERATION FACILITIES AND INTERISLAND HIGH-VOLTAGE UNDERSEA ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION CABLE SYSTEM PROPOSED FOR THE ISLANDS OF MOLOKAI AND LANAI.||EEP/CPC|
DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:
- Testifier’s name with position/title and organization;
- The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;
- The date and time of the hearing; and
- Measure number.
While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing. Those wishing to provide oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.
Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:
PAPER: 3 copies (including an original) to Room 443 in the State Capitol;
FAX: For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-6481 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through the website); or
WEB: For testimony less than 10MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.
Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the website should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.
If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-9450 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.
Selected meetings are broadcast live. Check the current legislative broadcast schedule on the “Capitol TV” website at www.capitoltv.org or call 536-2100.
|________________________________________Rep. Angus L.K. McKelveyChair||________________________________________Rep. Chris LeeChair|
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 By Molokai Dispatch Staff
Rep. Carroll Speaks Out Against Wind Turbines and Cables
Office of Mele Carroll News Release
Rep. Mele Carroll (13th District) voiced many Molokai residents’ concerns in Honolulu today, urging the Governor and the public utilities commission to find alternatives to proposed wind turbines and undersea cables on the island. Carroll introduced House Concurrent Resolution 189, which urges that island-specific alternatives be considered in order to reduce negative impacts
“The message from both Lana`i and Molokai residents is very clear – no wind turbines, no undersea cables,” Carroll said. “I have been meeting with both islands’ community leaders, and as far as they are concerned, the potential risks that turbines and undersea cables pose outweigh the possible benefits.”
Act 165 of Hawaii Session Laws in 2013 authorizes the development and construction of an interisland high-voltage undersea cable to connect the wind turbines, providing energy to residents of Oahu from other islands. Carroll pointed out that although the Act authorizes construction, there is no requirement for it. In addition, Resolution 189 outlines the general safety concerns wind turbines pose to nearby residents and wildlife as well as the negative aesthetic impact on the natural beauty of the landscape.
“The residents wish to preserve the uniqueness and the beauty of their islands as natural resources, which have become an important symbol and an essential part of their everyday lives,” Carroll said. “As their representative, I must assist them in voicing their opinions and a Concurrent Resolution, which passes through review of both the House and Senate and would require the State to look at other energy alternatives on the two islands. This resolution represents an important step in residents expressing their views about how they want to live on islands that are experiencing the ever-growing outside forces of change.
Please phone and write your legislators to support this important Resolution!
Thank you Representative Carroll
March 30, 2013
Celebrate Our Way of Life
Feel the Beat in the Heart of Maunaloa
All are invited to come to IAM/Molokai Ranch’s community potluck celebration at Maunaloa Rec Center on Staurday, March 30th at 1 p.m.
With the Ranch’s decision to put a halt to the Big Wind Project, we celebrate the saving of our abundant Hawaiian Historical sites, the environment, the health of our people and the animals which share our ‘aina.
Bring your family, friends and your favorite dish or desert. The main dishes of venison and lamb will be provided.
You are welcome to bring your musical instruments for some grass roots sharing of entertainment, kanikapila, Molokai style!
View our latest film: Perhaps
Molokai Big Wind Deal Falls Apart
By Sophie Cocke 02/07/2013
Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat
The owners of Molokai Ranch have backed out of plans to lease thousands of acres of land to a large-scale wind farm developer.
The decision likely spells the end for the Molokai portion of the Big Wind project, an ambitious plan to build about 70 wind turbines on both Molokai and Lanai and bring the electricity to Oahu via undersea cables.
Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Properties Ltd., commonly known as Molokai Ranch, said in a statement to Civil Beat that the company has broken off negotiations with Molokai Renewables, the wind farm developer, and is focusing on its ranching operations instead…. read the full story
Films of IAM’s 2nd Annual Energy Festival are now available for viewing on the I Aloha Molokai Channel on YouTube. There are seven in all:
- Day 1 Part 1 – Opening Ceremony
- Day 1 Part 2 – Native American Dance from the Quechan tribe
- Day2 Part 1 – Opening Ceremonies
- Day2 Part 2 – Panel #1 Energy Experts
- Day 2 Part 3 – Native American Quechan Tribe Panel
- Day 2 Part 4 – Energy and Independence Panel
- Pay 2 Part 5 – Energy Alternatives for Molokai Panel
Mahalo to all who participated and attended!
NO WIND TURBINES and NO CABLE
The message to HECO/MECO was clear No Wind Turbines and No Cable on Molokai and Lanai.
Over 40 people attended the Molokai meeting and many voiced their concern about the process. Represented were many IAM members. The signatures of thousands of Molokai residents, visitors to Molokai, and concerned individuals from around the world were submitted by IAM. Click on the image above to view the film.
Mahalo to everyone who attended and support our efforts.
Visit our Channel, watch our films, and subscribe.
At last week’s OHA meeting, Kanoho Helm gave a presentation which included the IAM films on proposed windmill/undersea cable project. He also summarized the IAM opposition efforts and outlined the wider scope of IAM activity focusing on alternative energy sources for Molokai and community education.
Report on Molokai Energy Future
We couldn’t have said it any better than Henry Curtis has done in Life of the Lands’s Wayfinding: Navigating Hawai’i's Energy Future.
Chapter 7 – Moloka’i . presents a wealth of ideas for allowing Moloka’i to become energy independent. Chapter 8 covers Lana’i.
Please click here to read what Henry has to say.