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Companies propose deep-water wind farms off Hawaii shores

Land wind turbines (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Land wind turbines (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - As Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals, two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu. Their plan would use technology that floats the massive turbines in deep waters miles offshore.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is the agency that would decide whether to approve ocean leases for the projects. It's holding a meeting about the proposals Monday.

The offshore turbine proposals are in the early stages, and would face years of environmental reviews and community meetings before possible approval.

Hawaii has set a goal for its utilities to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2045.

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