Hawaii Geothermal Workers Join IBEW
June 22, 2012
Workers at the Puna Geothermal Venture in Hawaii tap into the island’s deep reservoirs of hot water and steam to deliver clean, renewable energy to Aloha State residents.
In May, the majority of the 20-person unit voted for representation by Honolulu Local 1260, giving workers in one of Hawaii’s fastest growing energy sectors a new voice in this increasingly vital industry.
Says Local 1260 Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo:
Hawaii began geothermal exploration back in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the early ‘90s that Puna Geothermal Venture went online, delivering a regular stream of clean energy to the Hawaii Electric Light Company.
And with a state mandate that 20 percent of electricity generated from public utilities come from renewable resources by 2020, geothermal’s growth potential is huge, says Ahakuelo.
The plant’s workers drill wells deep into the ground to bring deposits of steam and hot water to the surface that can be used to generate electricity. The Puna plant currently fulfills a fifth of Hawaii Island’s energy needs.
And a pending bill before the Hawaii legislature would give a further boost to geothermal.
As reported by AtisSun.com:
The local is negotiating a first contract.