Nuclear power has been largely absent from the discussion about how to meet Hawaii's energy needs. When a mayoral candidate recently touted the idea of a floating plant offshore, he had to quickly backtrack.
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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.