Study: Undersea electric cables viable in Hawaii

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 2:04 PM

A new study has found placement of undersea electrical transmission cables between Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai is physically possible.

The state contracted with the University of Hawaii's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology to conduct the Interisland Cable Project Ocean Floor Survey.

The cable is an integral part of a proposed interisland wind project. It would transmit up to 400 megawatts of renewable electricity generated from wind farms on Molokai and Lanai to Oahu and potentially to Maui.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said Tuesday that the survey of the ocean floor was conducted to identify possible cable routes. It says the survey indicates several viable routes could be used.