Controversial Big Isle geothermal plant needs public hearing before it returns to service, PUC says
By Kevin Dayton firstname.lastname@example.org
May 15, 2019
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Hawaii Electric Light Co. plans to reconstruct transmission lines to Puna Geothermal Venture’s plant along the road PGV bulldozed across the lava. The state Public Utilities Commission said that because the lines will follow a new route, its approval will be required along with a public hearing on the plan to rebuild the lines.
The lava that destroyed more than 700 homes in Lower Puna and covered three of Puna Geothermal Venture’s geothermal wells has dramatically changed the landscape around the plant. The company is evaluating existing wells and has uncovered one of the three wells buried by lava. Above, lava from Kilauea flows near the PGV plant.