45-MW Hawaii wind project works through the permitting phase

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to hold a Nov. 13 open house on application for an incidental take permit for a 45-MW wind project in Hawaii.

The open house is part of a scoping process where the agency is taking input on what should be in a planned environmental impact statement for this project.

Champlin Hawaii Wind Holdings LLC, which proposes this project, is asking the agency to authorize the incidental take of certain species, like the Hawaiian coot, caused by the construction and operation of Champlin’s proposed Na Pua Makani Project near Kahuku, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Champlin is preparing a habitat conservation plan to minimize and mitigate the impacts of take of the covered species likely to be caused by the project, the agency said in a notice to be published in the Nov. 5 Federal Register.

Champlin’s proposed project would be located on private and public lands. A portion of the project would be located on state of Hawaii lands managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The proposed project’s location is adjacent to the existing Kahuku Wind Farm.

The project would be completed in two phases. Phase 1 is anticipated to include approximately eight turbines and phase 2 is anticipated to include approximately six turbines. Supporting infrastructure may include access roads, wind turbine assembly lay down areas, overhead and underground transmission and collector lines, and may also include an on-site substation and an operations and maintenance building.

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