Honolulu Civil Beat
March 6, 2012
The undersea cable bill passed the Senate Tuesday and will now cross over to the House.
Senate Bill 2785 is designed to facilitate financing of cables that could transfer renewable energy between islands.
The bill has sparked heated resistance from residents on Molokai and Lanai who oppose wind farms on those islands — the energy would be brought to Oahu.
Lawmakers are working to distance the bill from "Big Wind," focusing more on geothermal and wind development on the Big Island and Maui.
Sen. Kalani English, who represents Maui County, testified in favor of the bill, with reservations — he urged lawmakers to hear residents' opposition to the wind farms on Molokai and Lanai.