Hawaiian Electric plans for 2022 closing of Oahu coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Honolulu Star Advertiser:Wanted: More sources of alternative energy to power Hawaii.In an effort to prepare for the closure of two fossil-fuel plants in the state — the coal-fired AES Hawaii plant on Oahu and the oil-fired Kahului Power Plant on Maui — Hawaiian Electric Companies is seeking more renewable energy projects.The companies, which provide power to residents on Oahu and Hawaii island and in Maui County, are seeking an array of solar, wind, storage and other projects to help generate electricity in place of the two plants.The 180-megawatt AES Hawaii power plant at Campbell Industrial Park is currently the largest single generator on the Hawaiian Electric system, providing 16 percent of the peak demand on Oahu. It is slated to close by September 2022. On Maui, the Kahului Power Plant is expected to close by the end of 2024.Both plants have been around for more than 20 years and have been good partners, but times have changed, according to [Hawaiian Electric Companies spokesman Peter] Rosegg.“The AES contract is expiring, and no one’s interested in renewing it,” said Rosegg. “It’s coal, dirtiest of all our power plants in the system. There’s no question we’ve known for a while it would retire at the end of the contract. Kahului has been more flexible, but it’s an old plant. We’ve looked at closing it before. Now we’re committed to doing it.”More: HEI seeks renewable options as end nears for 2 plants Hawaiian Electric plans for 2022 closing of Oahu coal plantlast_img

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