State roundup for February 16


New leader for Dept. of Health

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is naming a pediatrician and administrator to lead the state Department of Health.

Abercrombie said in a statement Friday Dr. Linda Rosen has more than 30 years of experience in medicine and has held administrative positions for more than a decade.

Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

Rosen would succeed Loretta Fuddy, who died in December when a small plane she was riding in lost power and crash-landed off Molokai.

Rosen currently leads the department’s Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch. She has also been medical director of family health services and pediatric emergency services.

She earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and a master’s in public health from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

USS Lake Erie is set to deploy

PEARL HARBOR (AP) — The USS Lake Erie will leave Hawaii next week on its last deployment while being based at Pearl Harbor.

The Navy said the guided-missile cruiser is scheduled to depart for the western Pacific on Tuesday. The Navy said the ship’s sailors will work with partner nations to promote peace and security and provide deterrence.

When it returns, the Lake Erie is expected to head to San Diego where it will replace the John Paul Jones as a rotational Ballistic Missile Defense destroyer.

Oahu wind farm goes back online

KAHUKU, Oahu (AP) — An Oahu North Shore wind farm is again operating at full capacity more than a year after a fire knocked out its storage batteries.

First Wind said Thursday its 12-turbine Kahuku Wind project can generate up to 30 megawatts at full capacity. That’s enough to power nearly 8,000 homes.

A fire destroyed a building housing Kahuku Wind’s batteries in August 2012. The batteries allowed Kahuku Wind to supply power to Hawaiian Electric even when wind levels dropped.

Instead of batteries, Kahuku Wind now uses new technology that allows continuous voltage regulation. The company said this technology improves the grid’s voltage stability.

Kahuku Wind began testing the turbines and the new technology in September. Hawaiian Electric last month gave the wind farm the go ahead for a full return to service.

 

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