April 9, 2022, 5:00 p.m. HST
* Updated April 9, 4:17 p.m.
Puna Geothermal Venture will host a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
PGV will provide plant status updates and answer questions from the public. Representatives from Hawaiian Electric and Hawaii County will also attend and provide updates.
PGV holds regular quarterly community meetings. Since the start of the pandemic, meetings have been held virtually.
“If the pandemic continues to wane, we hope to resume in person for our next quarterly meeting in July,” said Michael Kaleikini, Ormat’s senior manager, Hawaiian Affairs.
PGV, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, a world leader in geothermal energy, currently produces 25 megawatts (MW) of energy for the island of Hawaii.
“We continue to ramp up production and will begin drilling a new well in the near future,” Kaleikini said.
PGV supplied 31% of the island of Hawaii’s electrical needs while producing 38 MW before the 2018 lava flow.
“Geothermal is a key component to achieving the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045,” Kaleikini added.
The public can participate in the April 13 meeting by clicking on a link on the PGV website: www.punageothermalproject.com. The link will become active when the meeting starts. The public can also submit questions in advance at https://punageothermalproject.com/public-meetings/.
Residents with questions or concerns can call the toll-free line, 808-369-9094. Weekly project updates are posted at www.punageothermalproject.com