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Sustainability on Kauai

Kauai Energy Sustainability

Earth pictureSustainability is a hot topic on Kauai these days with efforts to wean our island from oil as an energy source.  A $200,000 contract is in place with a local consultant for ideas on how to do that.  Clearly this is a complex topic and not one easily solved.  Some ideas and issues:

The energy sustainability consultant recently recommended a 50 cent gas tax increase.  With Hawaii already having the highest gas prices in the nation, it's understandable that this was met with redicule by politicians & residents alike.  Compounding the problem is limited alternative transportation with buses that don't run on Sundays and are very limited on other days.

Some individuals are wanting to install windmills to generate energy.  However the permitting process is very difficult due to needing a special permit to exceed island height restrictions.  The county coucil recently rejected a bill intended to streamline the process.

Other ideas floated by individuals including capping the number of cars (a new one not allowed on the island without first shipping out an old one) and restricitons on private property rights to forbid transfer of ownership.  It may be that ramifications of these "suggestions" were not well thought out.

If only we had some cavemen to show us how to make all this easy...

Aloha!

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Comment balloon 8 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • January 15 2010 03:06PM

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ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Richard:

Someone needs to invent a lower windmill!!!!

I can only imagine how the energy prices are there.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 8 years ago

Hi Toula.  Maybe therre is a simple solution after all!  Aloha

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) over 8 years ago

More solar photo-voltaic systems need to be incorporated into buildings, especially any government offices, shcools and such.  You guys could probably even do a small scale hydro electric plant too.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Georgina,

I'm told we already have some hydro on Kauai which is a start.  I'm confident solar voltaics will become more economical as production techniques improve and production volumes ramp up.  I see no reason prices won't come down dramatically just as they did for our large screen TVs.

 

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) over 8 years ago

Hi Richard: Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been to busy 2 read much on AR but I'm still committed to my weekly postings. Aloha Julie

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) over 8 years ago

Hey Richard, here's a couple of ideas that may work Sea Energy 

1. Off Shore Wind turbines   http://www.seaenergy-plc.com/

2. Wave energy   http://ocsenergy.anl.gov/guide/wave/index.cfm

 

Bill

 

Posted by Bill Jones, Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos (Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones") over 8 years ago

Hi Julie, yes, I see you continue to post the listings.  Aloha

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) over 8 years ago

Hi Bill.  Yes, as an island in the middle of an ocean with waterfalls, waves, and lots of sunshine, I'm sure there are alternative energy sources waiting to be tapped.  Thanks for the links.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) over 8 years ago

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