Palehua Wind is a wind energy project in the Palehua area of West Oahu. It has the potential to power 25,000 Oahu homes and will bring Hawaii one step closer to its 100 percent renewable energy goal.

 
 
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Why We Need Palehua Wind

Reduce Hawaii's reliance on imported fossil fuel

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Lower energy prices

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Protect the environment

Hawaii’s transition to clean energy is an urgent and vital step toward protecting its unique biodiversity, currently threatened by the effects of climate change.

 

Palehua Wind Benefits


Economy

Due in large part to the state’s reliance on imported sources of energy, Hawaii residents pay 2.5 - 3x more on their electricity bills than consumers living in the mainland.

Palehua Wind will sell power to Hawaiian Electric at a rate that is 63% cheaper than the current average rate that Hawaiian Electric buys power at (Jan 2019 Oahu residential rates).

Hawaii spends approximately $5 billion per year to import 36 million barrels of crude oil. Money is flowing out of the state.

Renewable energy projects will boost our economy by producing power locally, protecting us from spikes in oil prices and keeping our money in the state.


Environment

More than 1.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals are released into Hawaii’s air annually as byproducts during petroleum or coal refining, processing and combustion.

The power generated by this project will reduce the need to burn fossil fuels at local power plants in the future and in doing so, will improve air quality for current area residents.

Hawaii produces over 6.6 million metric tons of CO2 annually to create electricity. These emissions trap gases in the Earth’s atmosphere and are the main cause of climate change.

Palehua Wind will offset 106,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, reducing heat-trapping gases that fuel climate change.


Restoration

Invasive dry grasses, eucalyptus and ironwood continue to occupy the Palehua area and cause a fire risk for West Oahu residents.

A portion of profits from Palehua Wind will fund ecosystem restoration. Removing invasive plants and creating access roads and breaks will reduce fire risk.

Non-native plants and grasses have taken over the Palehua area and harm the watershed and animal habitats.

Zoning and reforestation efforts will protect the area from residential development, mitigate erosion damage, protect the watershed, and restore animal habitats.


 
 

We need action now.

Hawaii is on a dangerous climate change course. A recent federal report estimates that by 2060:

  • More than 20,000 Hawaii residents will be displaced.

  • Roughly 6,500 structures and 25,800 acres of land near the shoreline will experience chronic flooding, including critical infrastructure.

  • Tax payers will shoulder $19 billion in property and land damage.

  • View the report.

  • Over 500 Hawaiian cultural sites will be underwater.

  • Native birds will be at risk of avian malaria and have reduced food sources.

  • Fisheries, coral reefs and the livelihoods they support will be in danger.

  • Water security will be at risk.

 

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