According to this source, Hawaii can produce all our electricity just with wind power. There is no mention that major wind farms were announced for Molokai and Lanai, but local residents successfully scared away investors.
What’s your reaction to a 102-turbine energy project,
proposed on two sites 12-17 miles offshore Oahu?
- A. Intriguing; want details (66%, 955 Votes)
- B. Bad idea for Hawaii (34%, 488 Votes)
- Anything green (14 MPH and higher mean speed) is fine for wind farms.
- As Hawaii's average cost of electricity is around 30 cents/kWh, while that of the nation is closer to 12 cents/kWh, any colored location is more than adequate for commercialization.
- Orange, Red and Maroon are absolutely fabulous in the top map.
- Purple, Orange and Blue are fantastic. This power map accentuates the attractiveness, for power increases with the CUBE of wind speed.
- The two Oahu offshore sites will be located in those orange regimes for speed and blue for power.
- While there are numerous spots on Oahu excellent for wind farms, the ocean is where flow is laminar (smooth...whereas mountains cause turbulence, affecting gears and materials).
- So why don't we put all wind turbines in the ocean? Simple, they cost a lot more, for here are the total systems levelized cost (don't worry about what these numbers stand for...it's the relativity that counts):
- wind on land 80
- wind offshore 204
- solar PV 130
- biomass 103
- geothermal 48
- advanced nuclear 96
- natural gas 66
- coal 96
- cleaner coal 147
- Based on the above, why don't we switch to geothermal in Hawaii? Well, NIMBY, noise, smell, Hawaiian culture, opposition by marijuana growers, etc.