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HOST MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thursday, October 15, 2009

HCC MARINE EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER

 

Introductions: The meeting was called to order by Chair Robin Bond. There were 35 members in attendance.

 

1.            State DLNR Recreational Renaissance Plan B update. The State representative was unable to attend so we had to postpone their presentation.

 

2.            Malama Kai Day-Use Mooring 10 Year Strategic Plan Presentation. Terry O’Halloran

 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Hawaii Recreation Impacts to Reefs Local Action Strategy and Malama Kai Foundation seek your help and input in developing the state’s first 10-Year Day-Use Mooring Buoy Plan for the main Hawaiian Islands.

 

The purpose of day-use moorings is to protect Hawaii’s precious coral from anchor damage at sites where vessel and anchoring activity (motorized or non-motorized) occur on a regular basis.  Anyone who has interest in, or knowledge of areas where day-use moorings are currently needed, or may be needed in the next 10 years, is encouraged to participate.

 

The purpose of the PLAN is to provide DLNR with a sustainable long-term strategy to effectively install, manage, and fund a statewide day-use mooring system.  The PLAN will identify existing and future mooring sites in order to reduce/eliminate anchor damage, a long-term strategy to manage the moorings, any rules changes that may be needed, and identify reliable and consistent funding sources.

 

Please note that any potential day-use mooring locations submitted will be reviewed by state and federal agencies and these locations may or may not be included in the final PLAN and recommendations, or in subsequent permit applications.

What Input is needed?

We need to know where additional day-use moorings are needed and appropriate over the next 10 years.  Where are boats anchoring on a regular basis?  Are there day-use moorings at the site? Are there sufficient or too many moorings?  Where will boating and anchoring activity increase over the next 10 years.

Additionally we are looking to get suggestions for better managing the statewide program.  How can the program be reliably and sustainably funded?  Are rule changes needed? How can moorings best be maintained to protect coral reefs and best meet the needs of ocean users? 

How to Participate - Provide Input, Stay Informed

Give us your name and contact information and you will be added to our contact list and kept up-to-date by email as the project progresses.  Workshops are being conducted on Kaua`i, Maui, Lana`i, Hawai`i, and O`ahu during August and September.  If you cannot attend the workshops and/or want to provide input throughout the process, you can contact us via email, phone, or fax.     Email:  moorings@malama-kai.org        Phone:  (808) 791-4053 (voicemail only)

                                                Fax:  (808) 885-6474

3.                  The Hawaiian Electric Co. Presented the Interisland Wind Project

Robbie Alm, Joshua Strickler and Leon Roose presented the details on the project:

 

What

The Interisland Wind Project is planned to bring 400 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable wind power from Molokai and Lanai via undersea cable to Oahu, where demand for electricity is greatest but the potential for renewable energy is limited.

 

Why

·         Hawaii depends on imported fossil fuel – mostly oil -- for over 90% of energy for land, air & sea transportation -- and electricity. 

·         Importing and burning oil challenges our security, economy, and environment.

·         Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) goals -- 70% clean, renewable energy for electricity and ground transportation by 2030 -- CANNOT be achieved without bringing wind power to Oahu from the neighbor islands.

 

Who

·         First Wind Hawaii (which developed Kaheawa wind farm on Maui) is planning 200+ MW wind farm on Molokai.

·         Castle & Cooke (which installed the state’s largest photovoltaic system on Lanai) is planning 200+ MW wind farm on Lanai.

·         State of Hawaii has committed to develop an undersea cable system linking Molokai and Lanai to Oahu and eventually to Maui.

·         Hawaiian Electric Company will upgrade the Oahu grid and operations system to accept 400+ MW of wind power and run the undersea cable system.

 

Public

Input & Permits

 

·         Environmental Impact Statements will be done on all parts of the project.

·         Public comment invited at meetings and at www.interislandwind.com

·         Project needs Public Utilities Commission approval & other government permits.

 

Benefits

Interisland Wind will help all of Hawaii by:

·         Bringing investment & jobs in construction, high technology and more.

·         Keeping at home part of the $6 billion to $7 billion sent out of state yearly for energy (mostly to foreign countries; increasingly to Middle East countries).

·         Improving our energy security by reducing Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil

·         Protecting our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are           causing global climate change: rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, etc.

·         Provide a backbone for the future development of Hawaii’s electrical infrastructure and addition of more renewable energy in Hawaii. 

 

Landing sites

·         Cable landing sites and inverter stations on Oahu (Windward & South Shore), Molokai & Lanai.

·         Several possible inverter station configurations: 1 to 8 acres in size; 1 to 9 stories tall.

 

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Undersea cables

·         Molokai to Oahu about 32 miles

·         Lanai to Oahu about 70 miles

Cable technology is known and becoming less expensive; over 20 systems around world: 

·         Leyte-Luzon cable (13 miles)

·         Cross Sound cable (25 miles)

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·         Hokkaido-Honshu cable (120 miles)

·         Norway-Netherlands cable (360 miles)

 

Ocean Floor Survey

 

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism has contracted with University of Hawaii School of Ocean, Earth Science and Technology to do an ocean floor survey between Oahu, Molokai and Lanai. Three phases:

     Overall area

     Possible route corridor

     Specific route with cable developer

 

 

Wind Farms

     A “typical” 200-megawatt wind farm would require 40 to 135 turbines, depending on the size of turbine used. A 1.5-MW turbine, presently the most common, is 400 feet from the base to tip of the blade at top of rotation. 

     Towers must be sited to not block wind to other turbines. The layout is determined by terrain to avoid any natural or human sites.  Typically, a small, pad-mounted transformer is at the base of each tower inside a fenced area. Between towers ground is usually available for activities like grazing.  

     Usually, a one-lane road connects tower sites. Transmission lines, a substation, AC/DC converter (also called an inverter) station and maintenance sheds are needed. Access roads and harbors leading to the site may need improvement to bring the disassembled turbines.  

 

       

4.            Other HOST Business.

    1. The HOST Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 10 at the Hawaii Yacht Club.