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PGV will host a virtual community meeting

Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) will host a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 4 p.m.

PGV holds quarterly community meetings to provide updates on plant status. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings have been held virtually.

PGV, along with representatives from Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii County, will provide updates and answer questions from the public. Also participating will be Yoichi Ebisu, an acoustic engineer who has worked with PGV on sound attenuation.

“PGV continues to be committed to opening communication with our local community,” said Michael Kaleikini, Ormat’s Senior Manager, Hawaiian Affairs. “As PGV rebuilds its capacity, we want to make sure we provide transparency to all interested parties,” Kaleikini said.

PGV, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, the world leader in geothermal energy, resumed its activities in November 2020 and continues to ramp up.

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“We are currently operating at 25 megawatts of power and aim to bring another generator back online by the end of July, which we believe will bring us up to 30 MW of generating capacity,” Kaleikini said.

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Prior to the Kīlauea eruption, PGV provided 31% of all power supplied to the Hawaii Island grid. Geothermal energy is a critical part of Hawaii’s initiative to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.

The public can participate in the July 14 meeting by clicking here. The link will become active when the meeting starts. The public can also submit questions in advance here.

Written highlights and video recordings of previous virtual community meetings are available online here. After this meeting, the next community meeting will take place in October – whether it is held in person or virtually will depend on COVID regulations.

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In addition to participating in virtual meetings, residents with questions or concerns can call 808-369-9094. Weekly project updates are posted at www.punageothermalproject.com