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MIT Says 1400 Megawatts of Geothermal Power Possible on Big Island

October 13, 2010


From a recent Pacific Business News article:

“Approximately 1,400 megawatts of potential geothermal energy exist below the surface of the Big Island — seven times what is needed to power the island’s energy needs — according to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, Puna Geothermal Venture, the state’s sole geothermal power plant, situated along the east rift of Kilauea volcano, produces up to 30 megawatts of energy.”

Puna Geothermal currently operates a 30 MW plant on the Big Island.

Like many new technologies, further implementation is contingent on astute community relations and respect for cultural sensitivities.  Time was seemed to work in favor of geothermal as better communications and mutual understanding seems to be winning out.  According to PBN:

“Mililani Trask, a Native Hawaiian activist and a vocal opponent of the geothermal operations on the Big Island in the past, has been speaking out in favor of increasing geothermal. She has been working with Honolulu-based Innovations Development Group, a Native Hawaiian renewable-energy development firm, which recently developed two geothermal plants in New Zealand. The firm hopes to bring its knowledge of working with native cultures to developing geothermal energy in Hawaii.”

Read more: Geothermal energy holds vast potential to power Big Island – Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Visit PunaGeoThermal’s Website

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