Evidence of their alliance eluded us until the recent OTEC News item, but some web surfing found this Xenesys release from February 2008 on a Memorandum of Understanding between the two firms. The August event appears to have been a good photo op involving the president of French Polynesia, Mr. Gaston Tong Sang.
The Hawaii Connection
This may be a bit of a stretch, but there’s an emerging story line linking PPC's president, Albert Moux, with Hawaii. Additional surfing turned up his presidency of Shell Va`a, the Tahitian outrigger canoe club sponsored by the oil company. Shell Va`a won its third consecutive Molokai Hoe canoe race from Molokai to Oahu two days ago, smashing the old record by nearly two minutes.
Judging from the success of his canoe club, Mr. Moux knows how to get results in ways local enthusiasts can’t match. Perhaps we might anticipate a similar impact with OTEC – first in French Polynesia and just maybe later in these northern climes, as well.
REPORT: Low Marks on Energy Integration
The Network for New Energy Choices has a dim view of Hawaii’s ability to encourage power integration from homeowners and small-business owners. Read the report here. Hawaiian Electric Company disputes the findings.