April 28th, 2012 | by Andrew
Open venting of geothermal gases and liquids rife with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, poor environmental monitoring, control and reporting, lax oversight and a particularly troubling, even seemingly nonchalant disregard for residents' repeated requests to local government and state authorities to investigate their concerns and claims are just some of the issues raised by residents living near the Puna Geothermal Venture
January 5th, 2012 | by Andrew
Releasing a report on the 'Big Island' of Hawai'i's geothermal energy resources, local and state government leaders agreed that the island and island state should aim to rely on local, renewable resources for 100% of its energy needs. While Hawai'i Island continues to pay more than $1 billion a year to import oil, the report's authors found that Hawai'i Island's geothermal resources have the capacity to meet the island's energy needs several times over.
September 2nd, 2011 | by Andrew
Living on active volcanic islands has its downsides and its upsides. When it comes to the plus side, there's the potential to use geothermal energy to produce significant amounts of cheap, clean, renewable electrical power. And that's what's happening on the 'Big Island' of Hawaii, where Ormat Technologies' Puna Geothermal Venture is producing about 20% of the electricity consumed on the island, which removes the need to buy and burn some 144,000 barrels of oil a year