UPDATE 9/24/13 Maui News article on this issue this morning;http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/576958/MECO-exploring-alternatives-to-line.html?nav=10
9/4/13 After reading the multiple published announcements from Maui Electric (MECO) , we expected to hear about three choices, at the MECO public meeting last evening (9/3/13) . Three was the number we understood based on those notices of the upcoming meetings. That is, there were three remaining possible “routes” for the transmission line running from Maalaea power plant to South Kihei, and we expected the number was going to be reduced to the final one, or at least one was going to be eliminated. But with nearly 100 people filling the Community Center, including the Mayor and a half dozen of your Association’s volunteers, the three item’s MECO offered were not transmission lines at all, but three vague concepts of project options, “demand response (customer load management), battery energy storage system and/or distribution generation.” Is this instead of a new transmission line? In addition to one of the still pending route choices? We do not think that was clear, so we’ll wait until the next in the series of community meetings, in 2014.
Maui County Energy Commissioner Doug Mcleon commented that the public had no “take home” as the three options were so vague.