American Samoa’s Power Authority (ASPA) is investigating windpower and OTEC [cached] to replace 13 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, according to Radio New Zealand. Fonoti Perelini Perelini, chief operations officer of ASPA, says a consultant is submitting a report to the Department of the Interior and then to Congress for funding purposes for OTEC. He also says the consultant from the US believes OTEC holds the most potential of any another… Continue reading
A reader in Hawaii tells us about an article in West Hawaii Today [cached] which describes the OCEES OTEC which will be built at NELHA. “We’ve been pursuing this for about eight years,” said Steve Oney, executive vice president of OCEES. “We had a proposal in 2000 or 2001, and now we’re in the process of commercializing this process.”
According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Ocean Engineering & Energy Systems (OCEES) announced on Friday 2 June that they will build a 1 MW OTEC power plant [cached] at the National Energy Laboratory Hawaii (NELHA). They also announced that they will build a 13 MW plant for the U.S. military forces at an undisclosed location. This is most likely the plant which has been discussed for Diego Garcia for some time now.
Amidst powercuts worthy of a developing country, Honolulu Advertiser reports that Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) is considering OTEC as part of the renewable energy mix for the islands [cached]. At the same time HECO is planning a new fossil fuel plant and and Jeff Mikulina, director of the Sierra Club’s Hawai’i Chapter comments “A fossil fuel plant is economic folly when oil is over $70 a barrel,” and the Sierra Club opposes the… Continue reading