Friday, January 07, 2011


Big Wind, Super Grids, Utility Buyout, Biofuels

By Henry Curtis

After several years of debate, a coalition has emerged around the idea of a strong national electric grid, centrally planned and broadly financed, that would promote renewable energy. The group includes giant investor-owned utilities, public power entities, influential elected officials of both parties and state energy officials, and they speak with a single voice.

And they oppose it.

James Dickenson, chief executive of the Jacksonville, Florida municipal utility: “Subsidized transmission for distant renewables should not be allowed to crowd out local efficiency and renewables.’’

New York Times story War Against a Wind-Rich Super Grid

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Hawaiian Electric Company has struck a deal with Aina Koa Pono to buy more than 300 million gallons of liquid biofuel from a local company over the next two decades. Aina Koa Pono board of directors include attorney Paul Alston; and retired Admiral Ronald Zlatoper, former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Norman Mineta, former U.S. transportation and commerce secretary; Robert Clarke, former CEO of HEI. The biofuel processing plant will be located in Pahala (Ka`u) and the fuel will be invasive species, sweet sorghum and eucalyptus.

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A local and national consortium has proposed buying out the local utility and switching to renewables on a grand scale.

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Rather than a Billion dollar cable on the ocean floor, why not take that Billion and buy down the interest on PV systems, interest free loans to residents.

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