Hawaii Eyes Offshore Wind to Reach 100% Clean Energy
“A federal plan to offer leases for offshore wind power development near the coastline of Oahu could help Hawaii take a big step toward reaching its goal of generating all its electrical power with renewable energy sources by 2045. Stationing giant turbines in the ocean north and south of the island will be a huge engineering challenge.
Planners will also take input from whale watchers, local coastal community councils and even wave riders who stake a claim to the North Shore’s famed surf. “Nobody wants to have something offshore that’s going to affect the waves,” said Doug Boren, a regional supervisor with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. ‘We know there are going to be people that are against projects, but we welcome all comments.’ “