Sunday, November 21, 2010


Tracking Down Who Actually gets the PORK

By Henry Curtis

Ian Lind's blog has a list of major federal Pork (Earmarks) given to Hawaii in 2010. The list was released by Citizens Against Government Waste. The list includes

14249 HI $6,000,000 Development of high yield feedstock and biomass conversion technology for development of high yield tropical feedstocks and biomass conversion (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Hirono; Inouye

14263 HI $6,000,000 Hawaii energy sustainability program (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Hirono; Inouye

14264 HI $6,000,000 Hawaii renewable energy development venture (Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Inouye

18155 HI $30,000,000 Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project (Capital Investment Grants) Abercrombie; Hirono; Inouye; Akaka

The website for Senator Inouye discusses some of these gifts, but not who winds up with the $$$$$

$6,000,000 – Hawaii Energy Sustainability Program - The purpose of this project is to conduct critical research to enable increased penetration of renewable energy generation systems onto the electrical grid, e.g. high penetration of intermittent wind and solar technologies without significant curtailment of these resources.

$6,000,000 – Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture – This initiative works directly with businesses to commercialize energy innovations, including the development and demonstration of technologies to enable viable renewable energy systems in the State of Hawaii. Hawaii, with its isolation, extreme dependence on imported petroleum, high energy costs, and abundant access to a wide variety of renewable energy sources, holds significant potential for a major transformation to clean energy technologies.

$6,000,000 – Development of High Yield Tropical Feedstocks and Biomass Conversion Technology for Renewable Energy Production - The purpose of this project is to increase Hawaii’s energy security by developing high-yielding tropical feedstocks that are economically viable and sustainable. The project will assess the use of high-yield bioenergy crops as feedstocks for biofuel production and conduct net energy analyses for these and other feedstocks grown in Hawaii and the Pacific. Assess the potential of thermochemical and biochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and bioproducts and the potential of these crops as a high-yielding feedstock for local production of liquid transportation fuels. Field trials will be conducted at large plantation and farm scales to determine economic, environmental and community impacts of tropical biomass production and renewable energy systems.

The Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture received $6M and recently gave out $2M. They dished out money for Concentris Systems (smart metering technology at military housing); Better Place (building 10 electric vehicle charging stations) and Satcon (partnering with Castle & Cooke to integrate solar onto Lanai's grid)

Satcon Technology Corp in a national firm, which according to DCCA, is not licensed to do business within the State.


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