It's amazing to be inside a start-up news service and see how much it can develop in the course of a week. I remember when my kids were young and how we sometimes felt like we could see them grow. I feel the same way at Civil Beat, where this week we went deep on renewable energy, rocked on the mayor's and governor's races and launched an exciting new project involving the authors of a new book of essays, "The Value of Hawaii."
Civil Beat adds topic pages to provide deeper perspective on issues raised by series on Big Wind project. Energy and Climate Change pages place project in context. Big Wind page gives specifics about the plan and links to key players and valuable related content.
Interisland Wind's recipe for renewable energy is simple — wind farms to harness power, an undersea cable to channel it and grid updates to accommodate it. But pulling off Hawaii's most ambitious renewable energy initiative won't be a picnic.
Complex project using wind turbines on Lanai and Molokai to power Oahu has four key components, each responsible for its own studies, permits and approvals. Interisland Wind, Hawaii's most ambitious renewable energy initiative, illustrates the challenges of making shift from an oil-dependent society to one based on renewable energy.