Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Native Hawaiian Perspectives on Renewable Energy To Be Discussed Tonight in Lecture Series Panel

The Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture Series tonight shifts to one of the key issues that must be considered in developing Hawaii’s renewable energy resources.

As we noted here several months ago, Native Hawaiian concerns about the potentially insensitive exploitation of the Big Island’s geothermal resource contributed to capping the existing geothermal plant’s output at 30 MW. It seems likely that those concerns about the tropical rain forest and the culture surrounding Madame Pele (above) still exist and therefore must be accommodated.

Anyone who aspires to tap into Hawaii’s renewable resources might well be in attendance this evening. We’ll be there and will post a summary – hopefully NLT tomorrow.

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