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Kauai utility customers seek meeting on hydroelectric plans

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:18 p.m. HST, May 04, 2011

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative said it is being petitioned by some of its members to hold a special meeting to discuss its decision to pursue the development of hydroelectric projects on the island.

The KIUC board of directors on March 29 approved an agreement to partner with Massachusetts-based Free Flow Power Corp. on up to six hydroelectric projects.

The KIUC said is working with its outside legal counsel to review the petitions, verify signatures and certify the results. Utility officials said they have begun planning for a special meeting in the event the petitions are certified.

“Regardless of the outcome of the petition verification process KIUC welcomes every opportunity it is afforded to meet with members of the cooperative to discuss the potential development of small hydroelectric projects on Kauai,” said David Bissell, KIUC chief executive officer.

KIUC is pursuing six hydroelectric projects: Wailua River Hydroelectric Project, Wailua Reservoir Water Power Project, Hanalei River Hydroelectric Project, Kitano Water Power Project, Makaweli River Power Project and Kekaha Waimea Water Power Project.

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