Molokai Ranch Plan

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.*

Molokai Ranch Plan

*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

Hawaii’s Governor is at it again!

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 IS STILL ON THE TABLE!

UNDERSEA CABLE STILL ON THE TABLE
 
On September 18, 2013, a Community Meeting will be held on Maui from 6 – 8 PM. Located at the Kaunoa Senior 
Center, 401 Alakapa Place Paia, Maui. Organized by; Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Economic 
Development and NextEra.  The topic of discussion: Electromagnetic fields from Submarine Transmission Cables 
and routing options for an Oahu-Maui Cable.
 
Molokai is in the middle of this route for the laying of the Inter-Island Undersea Cable. If you are able to be present 
for this important meeting, we strongly urge you to do so. You may also submit your comments to the Maui Tomorrow Foundation, who will share them with the County. 
 
• Existing submarine cables in Hawaii
 
• NextEra’s preliminary preferred cable route
 
• Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) and permitting process
 
• Route alternatives
 
• Electromagnetic fields and thermal effects
 
• Marine species of concern in Hawaii
 
• Avoidance strategies
 
or contact: Maui Tomorrow Foundation  (808) 244-7570 
55 N. Church St., Ste. A5 Wailuku, HI.96793                                                                              
Email:  director@maui-tomorrow.org <director@mauitomorrow.org>                                                                                                   
 

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.

BOEM held a meeting early in the year and it discussed the cable as it will be laid when there has been RFP on the subject. The previous meeting is on YOUTube because IAM wanted to show how communities feel and the questions they have are not being answered by the so called experts on the subject.
HECO has said they don’t need the seacable to meet their renewable energy goals. Then why is one being discussed and encouraged by the state?  Remember there is no state energy plan, only goals.  Several companies have made it known that they want to build the sea cable.
So if you have time, tune
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From: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Public Affairs <john.romero@boem.gov>
Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Subject: AUGUST 13-14, 2013 OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY SESSIONS

Note to Stakeholders August 8, 2013
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  Dear Ocean Stakeholder,

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be in Honolulu, Hawaii next week to educate both our BOEM OCS Renewable Energy Task Force members and the public on offshore renewable energy technologies best suited for areas on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf, and the multi-faceted complexities of such marine-based energy systems. Due to high levels of interest, we are pleased to announce that we are making the two-day event available online.

The free two-day training session will include presentations by experts from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Labotratory (NREL) on offshore wind and marine hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies and will also include technical expert panel discussions. For a copy of the final agenda, please click here.

To participate via webinar please use the following:

 

Tuesday, August 13th

Call-in number: 877-951-7311   Participant passcode: 2620984

WebEx URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.phpi=PW6246467&p=2620984&t=c

 

Wednesday, August 14 

Call-in number: 877-951-7311   Participant passcode: 8482549

 WebEx URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.phpi=PW6246478&p=8482549&t=c

For more information on BOEM Pacific Region activities, please go tohttp://www.boem.gov/Pacific-Region/

Regards,

John D. Romero

BOEM Office of Public Affairs

About the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promotes economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through responsible, science-based management of offshore conventional and renewable energy development.

For More Information: 
Caren Madsen or Blossom Robinson 
BOEM Office of Public Affairs 

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Independent Entity Report for the IRP

The link will take you to the report that was provided by the Independent Entity for the Integrated Resource Planning.  This report was submitted in May 2014.  The IRP report was submitted to the PUC in June.  Is there a problem?

http://www.lifeofthelandhawaii.org/docs/Hawaii_Public_Utilities_Commission_Independent_Entity_Interim_Status_Report_and_Statement_of_Concerns_May_10_2013.pdf

 

 

The Final IRP Report

The final Integrated Resource Planning report was filed by HECO to the Public Utilities Commission on June 28, 2013.  View the report by visiting the website:  IRPIE.com.  Find out if the year-long process costing millions of dollars was productive or just another “go through the motions” venture. 

Maui Solar Summit

Akaku will be airing this film documenting the Maui Solar Summit on channel 55.  The information may be of interest to IAM members.  The air dates and times are as follows:

6/9/2013              9:00:00 pm
6/13/2013            3:00:00 pm
6/16/2013            12:00:00 pm
6/25/2013             4:45:00 pm