Maui Electric Co. (a subsidiary of HECO) has talked about issuing a RFP for 50 megawatts of firm energy, which would include waste-to-energy projects, for more than a year, at least. It’s not clear what the hold up is. But Maui officials seem to have lost patience.
Department of Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza is quoted as saying:
“We don’t want to be, you know, five years from now and we’re just waiting on our project because (MECO is) still trying to figure out theirs.”
Usually, the electric utilities issue the RFP’s. A winning bidder will need a guarantee from MECO that it will buy the energy.
The county says it will make available multiple streams of municipal solid waste for a project, including landfill garbage and sewage sludge.
There appears to be a lot of interest in the chance to generate energy from Maui’s garbage – in March, the county issued a preliminary “request for qualifications,” which attracted 70 interested parties, according to The Maui News.
Virgin America, recently acquired by Alaska Air, expanded its Honolulu service Thursday with daily flights to and from Los Angeles. Virgin will add flights between LAX and Kahului-Maui in June.
Sine Die At Hawaii Legislature
The House and Senate will conclude the 2016 session Thursday. Civil Beat will be there and reporting on the happenings.
KCC Chancellor Richards To Retire
Following a series of campus no confidence votes, University of Hawaii System leaders announced Wednesday that Kapiolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards will step down after KCC’s May 15 commencement.