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First Public Meeting on Proposed Interisland Electrical Transmission Cable

February 3, 2011

The first of a series of public meetings was held at McKinley HS to discuss the proposed interisland electrical transmission system. Photo: Keith Rollman

Honolulu, February 2, 2011–The first of four initial public meetings on the Hawaii Interisland Renewable Energy Program (HIREP), an interlisland electrical transmission cable system linking the islands of Maui County and Oahu, was held last night at McKinley High School in Honolulu. The meeting was the beginning of the EIS process for the project, which requires a period of public discussion and information.

Public comment on the project can be made directly online at: the HIREP project Website or emailed to hirep@dbet.hawaii.gov

Presenters included the State Department of Economic Development, The federal Department of Energy and AECOM, the contractor actually performing the environmental impact statement (PEIS).

HIREP is a proposed renewable energy generation, transmission and delivery program that works to realize the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s goal of achieving 70 percent clean energy by 2030 with 30 percent from efficiency measures and 40 percent coming from renewable energy sources. HIREP would produce renewable energy from sources such as wind turbine technology on one or more islands and share the electricity generated with other island via undersea cable for subsequent transmission and distribution to consumers.

The basic concept is to be able to produce energy from alternative sources like wind, solar and geothermal where they are abundant on the Neighbor Islands and move the electrical energy to the large market of Honolulu. For more information read Wiring the Islands For the Future.

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