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Maui County to Install Small Wind Farm at Landfill

November 1, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The County of Maui and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a "win-win" settlement related to installation of a gas collection and control system at the Central Maui Landfill, said a statement released by the county.

"This agreement with the EPA is a win-win solution for Maui County," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "We are pleased that a major component of the agreement is the installation of a small eight-turbine wind farm that both supports Maui County's commitment to clean energy and will act as the county's pilot project for small-scale wind energy facilities. As an additional benefit, the electricity produced by the windmills is anticipated to supply a significant percentage of the electrical requirements of the landfill."

The agreement resolves the EPA's allegation that the county installed and began operating a gas collection and control system (GCCS) later than the federal law allows. The system has since been installed and is operating as designed.

"The county is currently exploring options for using the landfill gas collected by the GCCS to produce energy," said Mayor Arakawa. "The current state of technology coupled with the high cost of electricity produce an ideal atmosphere for cost-effective waste-to-energy projects."

The consent agreement, which was lodged last week with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai'i, will first undergo a 30-day public comment period. Upon entry of the agreement by the court, the county will pay $380,000 to the EPA--a sum based on costs avoided by the two-year delay in installation of the GCCS.



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