Rep. proposes shift in funding use
A Big Island lawmaker is proposing the state direct Hawaii County’s share of geothermal royalties to schools near Puna Geothermal Venture.
The county receives approximately $600,000 a year for its share of Hawaii’s geothermal royalties.
Currently, that’s deposited into a fund mainly used to relocate homeowners who want to move away from PGV.
But Rep. Mark Nakashima thinks that money could be better used to subsidize the energy costs of schools in the same district, or complex areas, as geothermal power plants. PGV is the only existing geothermal plant.
“I think that the people in the Puna area have not been really seeing the benefit of having Puna geothermal in their backyard …,” said Nakashima, D-Hamakua, Hilo.
The bill would also end the county’s relocation program.
The county has relocated five since the program was introduced in 1996. During the last few years, the number of requests ballooned, and there are 29 on the waiting list.
Nakashima said he would seek to get the state to cover those relocations if the bill moves forward.
It has to be reviewed by four committees, which significantly limits its chances of passing, he said.
The legislation, HB 1970, has six other sponsors, all from the Big Island.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.