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PGV slates virtual community meeting

Puna Geothermal Venture will host a virtual community meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

Along with representatives of Hawaiian Electric Company and Hawaii County, PGV will give updates and answer questions from the public.

PGV, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, restarted in early November — more than two years after the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano forced it to stop producing electricity — and is ramping up to full production capacity.

The power plant currently is producing approximately 20 megawatts of power and is targeting a return to full capacity — 38 megawatts — later this year.

Prior to the eruption, PGV provided 31% of all energy delivered to the Hawaiian Electric grid. Geothermal energy is a keystone for the state to meet its 100% clean energy goal by 2045.

The public can participate in the April 14 meeting by clicking a link on The link will become live at the start of the meeting.

Questions can be submitted in advance at

Written highlights and video recordings of previous virtual community meetings also are available at that link.

In addition to virtual meetings, residents who have questions or concerns can call a toll-free line at 808-369-9094, and weekly project updates are posted at

PGV also plans to conduct meetings in July and October, details for which will be announced later.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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