– April 28, 2016, Maui News
For over three years a working group of recycling operators, advocates and others have commented on what we see as a bad deal for Maui County.
The proposed waste-to-energy plan presented by the Arakawa administration was characterized as a “no-cost” plan for handling Maui’s solid waste resource management issues. We have consistently challenged this project as unsustainable, fiscally disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.
– by Duane Shimogawa, April 20, 2016, Pacific Business News
Photo: Alexander & Baldwin / Ed Gross
Hawaiian Electric Co. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. may be working on a deal where the Honolulu-based utility would utilize A&B subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co.’s land for possible renewable energy projects as the 36,000-acre plantation shifts out of farming sugar, the head of HECO confirmed to PBN.
In January, A&B, one of the state’s largest landowners, said it was transitioning out of farming sugar at its HC&S plantation on the Valley Isle to move toward diversified agriculture. The transition will lead to the laying off of nearly all of the plantation’s 675 employees. In March, HC&S laid off nearly 100 employees as the company began to wind down its sugar operations.
– March 9, 2016, Maui Now
Photo: Office of Council Services
An audit of the county’s Solid Waste Division reveals the county’s 20-year waste-to-energy contract is projected to cost $1.7 million per year more than presented to the council, Budget and Finance Committee Chair Riki Hokama announced today.
In January 2014, Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a 20-year agreement with Maui Recovery Facility LLC and Anaergia Services, with the administration stating annual savings to the county would be $916,500, compared to current landfill operations.
The audit, transmitted to the Budget and Finance Committee today by Council Chair Mike White, reveals the project will actually cost the county $835,000 per year over and above current operations, according to a press release.
“So, instead of a cost savings of $18.3 million, as announced by the administration when the contract was signed, there is a projected extra expense to Maui County taxpayers of $16.7 million for the term of the contract,” the press release stated. “This results in a $35 million cost disparity, according to the audit,” according to the announcement.