I ALOHA MOLOKA’I P.O. Box 1498, Kaunakakai, HI 96748www.IAlohaMolokai.com Arizona Utility Says No More Wind Power – Solar is Better and Far Less ExpensiveKaunakakai, MolokaiApril 20, 2012Contact: Media@IAlohaMolokai.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hawaii is justly proud to be a national leader in healthcare and other social services. In the area of energy, however,our government --- or at least our Governor --- seems to betrailing far behind, promoting costly and inefficient industrialwind farms just as the rest of the country is abandoning them.Consider this news from Arizona: Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s majorelectric utility, has announced it will discontinue developmentof any further wind energy projects because residential andcommercial rooftop solar provide a far better solution for bothcost and time-of-day energy production. APS will now utilize solar alone to meet a staterenewable energy mandate. "Right now, it looks like solar --photovoltaic -- is the lowest-cost resource," said GordonSamuel, director of future energy supplies at APS. Thecompany is actively encouraging expansion of residential andcommercial rooftop solar by providing rebates to itscustomers who install such systems, even including freeinstallation of solar hot water systems. This news follows an April 16 announcement by IdahoPower that wind projects are forcing a rate increase of $43million, expected to rise to $130 million by 2013. Thecompany has challenged whether further wind projects arevalid or cost-effective.
The Arizona decision highlights why I Aloha Molokai (IAM)continues to insist that Governor Abercrombie, theLegislature, the PUC and HECO discontinue furtherconsideration of industrial wind projects in Hawaii, wheresolar energy is an even better solution than in Arizona.Do we really need to repeat Arizonas mistake, or can welearn from it? If we put our local dollars and local talent towork on rooftop solar, maybe Hawaii could also be leadingthe nation in providing clean, affordable energy for all ourcitizens. Wouldnt that be something! I ALOHA MOLOKAI --------