First Wind will host a dedication ceremony in Kahuku to celebrate the beginning of commercial operations for its 30 megawatt (MW) wind energy project called Kahuku Wind Power. Governor Neil Abercrombie will join other state and local officials and members of the community at the project site, west of Kahuku town in the hills near Charlie Road. First Wind officials will be on hand to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of the state’s newest wind project, which has the capacity to generate enough clean, wind energy to power about 7,700 Oahu homes each year. The event will also showcase the project’s innovative battery energy storage system.
Speakers will include:
— Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie
— Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono
— Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind
— Dick Rosenblum, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
— Carlos Coe, CEO of Xtreme Power
— Hermina Morita, Chair, Public Utilities Commission
— Steve Lindenberg, Senior Advisor, Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept of Energy
56-1050 Kamehameha Highway
(west of Kahuku town near Charlie Road)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
11:00 am (lunch to follow)
Suggested Arrival Time: 10:30am to allow for parking; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for directions.
Media note: Photos of the Kahuku Wind project are available in advance of the event. If you’d like to receive one, please submit a request to John Lamontagne via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, March 22.
First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 534 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 202 megawatts.