Hawaii Offshore Wind Projects Get Boosts From Obama Administration
The Obama administration has taken the first step to support the development of offshore wind energy off the coast of Hawaii.
(From Pacific Business News)– “Hawaii has important offshore wind energy potential, and we will continue our work with stakeholders across the spectrum to create a path forward for sustainable offshore-energy development in the right places with the lowest conflicts across the Aloha State,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement issued Wednesday.
In consultation with the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a call for information to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in two areas encompassing a combined 485,000 acres of submerged federal lands off Oahu.
The bureau also opened a 45-day public comment period on site conditions, resources and other uses in and near those areas. Hawaii has a mandate of attaining 100 percent clean-energy generation by 2045.
“As Hawaiians are well aware, energy can be expensive due to the transportation costs of fossil fuels that are needed to supply the state,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. “Under the leadership of Gov. [David] Ige and the Hawaii Legislature, together we are making progress on creating the policy framework necessary to spur the development of offshore wind-energy technology, helping further their goal of producing 100 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources.”
Two companies have expressed an interest in developing major wind energy farms, each at an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, in federal waters off Oahu.
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