Business/In Brief • Aug. 15, 2013

Developers request secrecy on wind farm

HONOLULU – Developers of a proposed Lanai wind farm want to keep information on the project secret.

Attorneys for Castle & Cooke Properties Inc. on Monday asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to keep confidential the information submitted for regulatory review.

Castle & Cooke in 2008 proposed a 200-megawatt wind energy project on Lanai with transmission to Oahu by undersea cable.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the utilities commission opened a new case in July to review progress on the project after a majority ownership stake was sold to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Castle & Cooke say it retained rights to the wind project but utility commission officials say there is uncertainty about that.

Seven entities including two energy developers and two community groups have filed to intervene in the case.


Hotel wins award for saving energy

HONOLULU – A Waikiki hotel is receiving more than $119,000 as a reward for installing energy efficient air-conditioning systems and lights.

The conservation and energy efficiency program Hawaii Energy says the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach retrofitted 400 guestrooms with air-conditioning systems that turn off automatically when the rooms aren’t occupied.

A switch also turns off the room’s air conditioning when a lanai door is open.

The hotel replaced less efficient halogen lamps in guestroom corridors with high performance and long-lasting light emitting diode lamps.

Hawaii Energy on Tuesday presented the hotel with a check for more than $119,000. It says the hotel will also likely save about $190,000 in electricity costs each year.

Hawaii’s electric utility customers pay for the Hawaii Energy program.