Gone with the Wind Farm

Endangered Hawaiian hoary bat. Credit: H.T. Harvey & Associates

There’s little doubt that the 69-megawatt wind farm at Kawailoa, on O‘ahu’s North Shore, plays an important role in moving the
state forward toward its ambitious renewable energy goals.

There’s also little doubt that it does so at the cost of Hawai‘i’s hoary bat, the ‘ope‘ape‘a.

To mitigate this loss, wind farms, like all other activities that impact endangered or threatened species, need to operate with officially approved habitat conservation plans, which describe measures that the project will take to offset or compensate for the anticipated losses.

But how does the state balance the need for protection, on the one hand, against the need for renewable energy, on the other? That question rose to the fore as the state’s Endangered Species Recovery Committee weighed the latest mitigation plan of Kawailoa Wind.


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