A question of power.


HELCO considers ways to keep electricity on in lower Puna.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Colin M. Stewart.

 

The Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) is considering several plans to keep power flowing in lower Puna as a slow moving lava flow heads for Pahoa Town.  Among the ideas being considered is shielding the base of utility poles with insulating material, so that lava flows around the pole without burning it, and by raising the height of power lines above the flow.  Meanwhile, HELCO crews are also extending transmission lines from Makuu Drive  along Beach Road into Hawaiian Beaches, providing a secondary route to get electricity into affected areas, should lines be cut by lava running over Highway 130.  To accomplish this goal, HELCO has moved a 1 megawatt diesel-powered generator into an area near Kapoho to generate sufficient power "to keep the lights on for at least some of the homes that find themselves without power."  Aloha, Russ.

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Local circus fined for illegal structures.


Fine amounts to $53,743.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved a fine of $53,743 for The Village Green Society and Hawaii’s Volcano Circus. An investigation found the two groups had erected illegal structures and removed protecting trees.  The circus operates its Seaview  Performing Arts Center for Education on the VGS property.  The organization will be required to remove the structures–including eight cabins and a horse corral–within three months.  Aloha, Russ.

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No lava tours permitted near Kaohe.


Hawaii County will enforce restrictions.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says a supplemental emergency proclamation will be issued shortly specifically prohibiting tour groups from visiting the Kaohe Homesteads area of lower Puna.  Although the existing emergency declaration already controls access to the area threatened by a lava flow, county officials "want to take any uncertainties out of the issue." The problem arose after Ahiu Hawaii was found taking a van of people to the neighborhood last Thursday. Oliveira said he let the van through with an escort for the customers, but added that it was not a pass for the Hilo company to continue tours. Oliveira notes that the company doesn’t have permits to conduct the tours and that the Planning Department said last Friday that no commercial companies, including tours, are allowed Kaohe at this time.  Aloha, Russ.

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Can the Big Island of Hawaii Get All of Its Electricity From Renewables? : Greentech Media


HELCO seeks to achieve 92 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Is 100 percent possible? (“Can the Big Island of Hawaii Get All of Its Electricity From Renewables?

Source: www.greentechmedia.com

A thoughtful and careful examination of Hawaii’s transition to renewable energy–a goal of 92 percent of electric power by 2030.  Reporter Tom Hunt gives an optimistic appraisal of HELCO plans to convert most of dependence on diesel-fueled generators to a reliance on an energy mix consisting of wind, hydro, and biomass-produced electricity.  Hunt takes a dim view of geothermal power on Hawaii Island.  He raises serious health, security, and reliability issues that must be solved before another geothermal plant like PGV near Pohoiki is built.  Overall, this is an excellent analysis of the power generating challenges ahead of us on Hawaii Island.  Aloha, Russ.

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Major Hawaii geothermal project cut in half, switches areas on Big Island – Pacific Business News


Boston Pacific Co. Inc., the Washington D.C.-based consultant hired by Hawaii regulators to monitor Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s bidding process, for what was once a 50-megawatt project on the east side of the Big Island, still has concerns with the…

Source: www.bizjournals.com

According to "Pacific Business News" reporter Duane Shimogawa, the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) plans to develop a 25 megawatt power facility in West Hawaii, a significant change from an original 50 megawatt power plant for East Hawaii.  Consultant Boston Pacific, hired by the PUC to monitor HELCO’s bidding process for what was once a 50 megawatt project in East Hawaii, is deeply concerned.  The consultant says HELCO has outlined no plans to build a geothermal plant in East Hawaii.  HELCO officials said they want to build a smaller, 25 megawatt facility in West Hawaii, "where most of the growth is happening."  HELCO plans to release a RFP on 27 October 2014 and select a developer by 14 February 2015.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii one of the worst states for teachers, WalletHub study says – Pacific Business News


North Carolina is the worst, the report says. (#Hawaii one of the worst states for #teachers, WalletHub study says http://t.co/5ZHSfPViLp)

Source: www.bizjournals.com

A sobering report by "Pacific Business News" reporter Bill Cresenzo. According to the consumer financial website "WalletHub", Hawaii ranks 47th overall on the list of 50 states and the District of Columbia and shows up dead last in salaries.  Wyoming was rated the top state for teachers, while North Carolina pulled in last.  Aloha, Russ.

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Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs


Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

A potentially deadly problem with the rear leaf springs of Toyota 4 X 4 Tacoma Trucks and Pre-Runner vehicles has led to the recall of 690,000 vehicles manufactured between 2005 and 2011.  Toyota will notify owners and replace the defective parts at no cost to the owner.  Aloha, Russ.

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