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Rolling Blackouts Coming: Failed Solar Farms Leave ‘Planners’ Without a Real Plan to Replace Coal Plant

NYT: (There is so much bs in this NYT article, it is difficult to find a few honest snippets to post, but here goes….)

… many big renewable energy projects were delayed, in part because of supply chain problems. And the state is expected to soon close its only major coal power plant. Those problems forced regulators and the utilities to rely more on home power systems….

“These big projects, representing hundreds of megawatts, were being pushed out, pushed out, pushed out,” Mr. Mangelsdorf said. “The writing was on the wall.”…

(Supply chain problems developed with the Biden Admin discovered that most solar panels are being made by muslim slaves in Xinjiang, China.  Read NYT: LINK.)

In 2015, Hawaii’s utility regulators reduced how much homeowners were paid for sending the excess energy that their solar panels produced to the electric grid.

That change slowed the growth of rooftop solar but did little to bring down energy costs. The state’s electricity rates now stand at 39 cents a kilowatt-hour, nearly three times the national average of 14 cents….

Recognizing that reality, state officials in recent years have gone back to encouraging the use of small-scale energy systems. To manage the supply and demand of electricity, for example, Hawaii offers up to $4,250 to homeowners on Oahu, home to about 70 percent of the state’s population and Honolulu, to install home batteries with their solar systems, defraying as much as third of the cost of doing so. Utilities can tap those batteries for power between 6 and 8:30 p.m., when energy demand typically peaks….

(Yes.  Their ‘solution’ for the self-imposed ‘problem’ of shutting AES coal down is solar rooftops.  And this has to be done by September.)

Power plants fueled by oil supplied nearly two-thirds of Hawaii’s electricity last year, down from nearly three-quarters a decade earlier, according to the Energy Information Administration, a federal agency. Rooftop solar, by comparison, supplied about 14 percent, up from 6 percent in 2014, the earliest year for which the agency has that data…. 

(Translation: In all these years all we’ve got is 14%.  There is no way enough solar can be built to replace the AES Kahe Point coal plant by September.  According to the eco-religion, coal is Satan's dung.  So this discussion is a sham to disguise the fact that the real plan is to burn wood pellets at AES.)

SA Editorial: Reject inflexible clean-energy plan SB2510

REALITY: Wood Pellets? Hawaii 'Green' Energy Scam is Dirtier Than Coal

Flashback: Biofuel Shell Game: How Giant Diesel Plant Became part of Hawaii's 'Clean' Energy Future

read … Hit Hard by High Energy Costs, Hawaii Looks to the Sun

Judge will consider whether to unseal DNA evidence in Dana Ireland murder

HTH: … A group seeking to overturn convictions in the Dana Ireland murder trial filed a motion Thursday seeking to unseal post-conviction DNA testing conducted on a piece of key evidence in that case.

Hilo Circuit Judge Peter Kubota has scheduled a hearing on the motion by the Seattle-based Judges for Justice for 9 a.m. June 21….

read … Judge will consider whether to unseal DNA evidence in Dana Ireland murder

DHHL Gets 52 Acres in Kapolei, Plans for Shopping Center?

SA: … The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands might soon swap its Ewa Facility Drum site, a 56-acre property in Wahiawa, for the city’s 52-acre Varona Village property in Kapolei.

Although the city entered a memorandum of agreement with DHHL in March 2010 to allow both parties to make improvements on the properties they hoped to obtain, the land swap has been stalled so the properties could be appraised. Because the Ewa Drum site is on Hawaiian homeland, the appraisal also needed to be approved by the U.S. Department of Interior.

The MOA allowed for the rail operations center to be built on the Ewa Drum site, despite the land swap not being finalized….

The Ewa Drum site was appraised at $4.99 million, while the Varona Village property was appraised at $4.66 million, about $330,000 less. Because of the this, the city will also pay DHHL $415,323 to compensate for the difference in property values. The additional payment was an adjustment based on the consumer price index from 2008 to 2021.

The payment will come out of the Department of Transportation Service’s budget….

Council member Esther Kia‘aina asked Alia how many housing units the department plans to establish…

However, Aila did not yet have a number as the department is still evaluating what would be the best use of the Varona Village property.

“We haven’t calculated the number of housing units yet because we’re still reviewing a parcel of land for its highest and best use,” he said.

“It sits right next to a huge commercial shopping center. So we do know that as part of the due diligence that went into the land exchange, there are some covenants on residential use, but we would like the opportunity to review.”…

read … City Council finalizing DHHL-city swap for rail

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