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State of Hawaii, geothermal policy and planning framework (draft)

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Title: State of Hawaii, geothermal policy and planning framework (draft)
Authors: State of Hawaii
Keywords: policy
Issue Date: 05 Jun 1991
Publisher: State of Hawaii
Citation: State of Hawaii. 1991. State of Hawaii, geothermal policy and planning framework (draft). Honolulu (HI): State of Hawaii.
Abstract: Implementation of the Hawaii Integrated Energy Policy Program (HEP) and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) will, over the courseof the next two years, establish a framework for inclusion by the state of renewable energy technologies in its strategic energy planning and incorporation by the electric utilities of renewable technologies and demand-side management in their generation expansion planning. Because of continuing increases in electrical demand on all the major islands and the need to add electrical generating capacity within the next several years, the state is proceeding now with research into and planning for renewable energy development. It is within this context that the state supports ongoing geothermal exploration and development. The state supports the commercial development of geothermal to first serve the needs of the Island of Hawaii. The state also supports continued evaluation of the potential for exporting geothermal energy to other islands including Oahu. The extent and nature of geothermal resources on the Island of Hawaii are only beginning to be understood. Further research is needed before the potential of these resources to meet the Island of Hawaii's energy needs, as well as the needs of other islands, can be established. The state regards the pursuit of this knowledge as important and is therefore providing financial support to the Scientific Observation Hole (SOH) program being managed by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the University of Hawaii (UH). The State is also providing financial and administrative support for the preparation of a master development plan and environmental impact statement covering the possible development of geothermal resources to meet both the energy requirements of the Island of Hawaii and possibly the rest of the State. This planning and environmental analysis effort is being conducted impartially and comprehensively by a qualified environmental planning firm. Large-scale geothermal development, involving the export of geothermal energy from the Island of Hawaii to other islands, will only be supported by the State if it is conclusively demonstrated through the master planning and environmental review process that it can be undertaken in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner. It is the policy of the state that any large-scale development of geothermal energy be undertaken by the private sector in such a way that the costs and risks associated with it are substantially assumed by commercial interests and do not burden the State's taxpayers or the state's electricity ratepayers to a greater extent than would the development of traditional generation sources. The state supports the establishment of an asset fund to provide compensation for community impacts caused by geothermal development. It is the responsibility of the County to develop appropriate rules and procedures for administering this fund. The state supports close cooperation among state and County agencies responsible for geothermal regulation. What is needed is coordination of regulatory activities among state agencies as well as between state agencies and County agencies. The Legislature recently approved state funding for a geothermal coordinator position at the County level, and DBED is in the process of establishing a state Geothermal Environmental Compliance Officer within DBED. Department of Health and county of Hawaii have adequate rule-making authority to effectively monitor geothermal development and to enforce appropriate regulations. In addition, DOH plans to promulgate new rules under Chapter 59 HRS pertaining to ambient air quality.
Description: Includes the State of Hawaii geothermal organizational chart.
Pages/Duration: 19 pages
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