Hawaii agency returns utility’s geothermal well applications

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii state officials have returned applications for two new geothermal wells in order for the utility to make revisions.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has commented on the applications submitted by Puna Geothermal Venture in April.

A PGV spokesman says the company’s response to the agency should be provided within a week.

The applications are part of the company’s attempt to resume operations after last year’s Kilauea volcanic eruption, which shut down the 38-megawatt geothermal power plant in Puna on the Big Island.

PGV and Hawaii Electric Light Company officials say the state’s only geothermal plant produced 31% of the island’s power and about half of its renewable energy in 2017.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

  1. harryoyama June 11, 2019 2:31 pm Reply

    Maybe the company should be mailing out “fat envelopes” to these law makers in order to speed up the application process. It always seem to work with the Water Commission.

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