Praise Hawaii Energy Companies for Opening New Wind Farm

Target: Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie

Goal: Praise Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy for bringing a new Hawaiian wind farm into commercial operations.

The energy companies Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy recently announced that their new Auwahi Wind facility has entered full commercial operation. The 21MW of clean emissions-free energy generated by the new installation is enough to power approximately 10,000 average Maui homes. Praise these organizations for their commitment to providing carbon-free power and protecting Hawaii’s natural environment.

The recently developed Auwahi Wind plant is comprised of eight turbines located on the southeast ridge of Maui’s Haleakala volcano. In addition to the 21MW it generates, the wind farm has been installed with 4.4MWh (megawatt-hours) of battery storage, capable of supplying electricity at an 11MW capacity. This allows the plant to take advantage of the higher wind speeds during early morning and the night and meter energy out smoothly to supply the Maui grid with intermittent, stable wind power.

Besides the environmental benefits the wind farm provides Hawaii, the project positively stimulated the state’s economy, generating 180 construction jobs. Said Jeffrey W. Martin, CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, “The addition of new clean energy from our project will be a boost for Maui’s infrastructure and will help Hawaii achieve its goal of securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. This project could not have been built without the enthusiastic support of the local community, the Ulupalakua Ranch and neighbors who recognize the importance of sustainable energy.” Sempra and BP Wind took every effort to ensure minimal impact on local residents and business owners during construction. President of Ulupalakua Ranch, Sumner Erdman, said, “BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power have been terrific partners. The Auwahi project protects the environment, maximizes wind as a renewable energy resource and allows us to maintain the rural open space and grazing areas necessary for us to raise our cattle.”

Through the jobs created and power provided to tens of thousands of citizens, the Auwahi Wind facility delivers huge value to the state of Hawaii. The continued efforts of the organizations responsible should not go unnoticed. Praise Sempra U.S. Gas & Power along with BP Wind Energy for their joint effort to produce clean energy and bring about a better future for our environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Abercrombie,

The energy companies Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy recently completed the new 21MW Auwahi Wind facility on the southeast ridge of Maui’s Haleakala volcano. The eight turbines making up the site are capable of generating enough electricity to supply 10,000 typical Maui homes. Additionally, the project has been installed with 4.4 MWh (megawatt-hours) of battery storage, allowing energy generated during windy mornings and nights to be saved and metered out evenly, supplying Maui’s grid with stable, intermittent wind energy.

Construction of the site involved 180 workers, boosting local infrastructure. During the erection of the project, the companies made numerous provisions in order to avoid disturbing local residents and businesses any more than necessary, including limiting their number of truckloads per day, constructing their own access roads, and choosing to utilize eight larger turbines rather than 15 smaller ones, preventing the excess transportation of components  The continued, community-conscious work of these companies deserves credit. I urge you to commend Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy for their completion of the Auwahi Wind site, providing emissions-free electricity and protecting our natural environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Add more solar.

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