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Plans for billion dollar Oahu offshore wind farm moving forward

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Plans for a massive offshore wind farm on Oahu are moving forward.

Progression Energy says the federal government has accepted its application for a $1.6 Billion wind farm that will operate 12 miles off the coast of Leeward Oahu.

The facility could produce enough energy for about a quarter of the homes on Oahu.

Ted Peck, whose company Holu Energy is partnering with Progression Energy, says the windfarm will help bring Hawaii closer to its renewable energy goals.

"It's a significant step forward towards driving fossil fuel out of the economy," Peck said. "Driving out the volatility and the environmental impact of fossil fuel."

Peck says Progression still needs to finalize the terms of the lease with the feds. 

It also needs state and federal environmental approvals and must reach an agreement with Hawaiian Electric, which will purchase the electricity.

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