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Statement Proclamation of Position regarding Hawaii's Alternative Energy Solutions and Big Industrial Wind Project from the

Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii We have concerns regarding the protection of endangered species and wildlife and the viability of extending a cable beneath a whale sanctuary. Legal precedent and potential but unknown environmental impacts regarding industrial scale alternative energy projects within protected areas should be evaluated before committing to project approval. We have concerns about the fairness of State of Hawaii rate-payers bearing the costs of said undersea cable, and Hawaii rate and taxpayers bearing the associated land-based costs. We are concerned about risks of creating a so-called cable to nowhere should the cable be tied through ownership to a wind farm project. We agree with experts who recommend that any such cable should be independent of project and utility alike (Kraples, E., Anbaric; Campbell, B of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher). We have concerns that the state would expect Lanai and Molokai residents to pay enormous social and environmental gross external costs with relatively insignificant benefits in return for their enormous sacrifices. We are concerned that in an effort to support Big Wind, other potential energy sources are being ignored, underfunded and underestimated. We therefore recommend that the Democratic party of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii as a whole commit to undertake a vigorous plan of action which includes an open, transparent examination of all possible sources of firm power for Hawaii including and not limited to: ocean energy, geomagmatic , geothermal, wastewater conversion, solar power storage capabilities and other potential near-term breakthroughs, before committing the State's resources to any industrial-scale wind power plants wind farms on large scale such as have been proposed for the islands of Lana‘i and Moloka‘i. We recommend that a community based decentralized energy solution model be the priority for the unique environment of the Hawaiian islands. Such a model would allow for an individualized energy solution for each island and even perhaps for each ahupua'a. We also recommend that the state invest in an incubator program in partnership with communities and with University of Hawaii to help give incentive to upstart alternative energy companies. We also recommend that the State adopt a means to grade various alternative energy solutions in an unbiased consistent and clear manner. The grading system should take into account a solutions potential carbon footprint, its cost to implement as well as its community and environmental impact.