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Aloha Island Properties • 3-3359 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, HI 96766 808-246-0334 • fax: 808-246-0771 • www.alohaisland.com • email: email@example.com Simple Pleasures December 2006 Volume 3, Number 6 Table of Contents Simple Pleasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Ocean Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 From the Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . 6 A Picture’s Worth.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Festival of Lights Celebrates 10 Years . . . 8 Recipes for the Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Power to Protect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Statement of Operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 t Kalaheo grade class a isit to Garlie’s first s LaVonne r a McGruff v McGruff visit out safety. 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Parting Shot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Powerlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 4463 Pahe‘e Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766 808.246.4300 • www.kiuc.coop • email@example.com ACTING PRESIDENT & CEO Randall Hee EDITOR Anne Barnes, Marketing, Communications & Public Relations ASSISTANT EDITORS Shelley Paik and Heather Young, Marketing, Communications & Public Relations; Pam Blair, Ruralite Services CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anne Barnes, Pam Brown, Paul Daniels, Jeff Deren, Karissa Jonas, Shelley Paik and Heather Young KIUC BOARD MEMBERS Dee Crowell, Dennis Esaki, Derek Kawakami, Alfred Laureta, Jim Mayfield, Dane Oda, Ray Paler, Phil Tacbian and Peter Yukimura KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. On Our Cover: Auntie Josie Chansky shows off some of the beautiful decorations being displayed inside Kauai’s Historic Building. See page 8 for more information. OCEAN ENERGY By Jeff Deren Introduction Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. As the world’s largest solar collector, oceans generate thermal energy from the sun. They also produce mechanical energy from the tides and waves. Ocean energy resources can be captured with a variety of technologies. The three most well developed are ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), tidal and wave energy. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion An OTEC plant uses the temperature differential between the warm surface water and the cold deep water to generate electricity via a heat engine system. Multiple configurations are under development, but all OTEC facilities operate on the same basic principle: Comparatively warm surface water is used to heat a working fluid to create vapor and drive a turbine generator. Cold ocean water from depths exceeding 3,000 feet is used to condense the vapor back into a fluid. When compared to other renewable technologies, one of the advantages of OTEC is the capability to provide base load continuous power. A variation of OTEC is the proposed Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning Initiative. This project will bring up 45degree seawater from 1,600 feet and use it to cool up to 65 buildings in the downtown-Kakaako areas. If implemented as proposed, this project could save the equivalent of the energy produced by a 63-megawatt power plant. Hawaii has some of the best OTEC resources in the world, with sources of cold deep seawater close to land. However, only small demonstration OTEC plants exist. Commercial application of OTEC by utilities to generate electricity is thought to be 10 to 20 years away. A Pelamis Wave Generation Farm. Tidal Energy The generation of electrical power from ocean tides is similar to traditional hydroelectric generation. All coastal areas experience two high tides and two low tides during a 24-hour period. A tidal power plant uses the changing tides and the resulting flow of water to generate electricity. The most common—and oldest—tidal facilities consist of a tidal pond created by a dam, a powerhouse in the dam containing a turbine generator, and a sluice gate or opening in the dam to allow the tidal flow to enter and leave. The sluice gate forces the flowing waters through the turbine, which turns the generator. Another type of tidal facility are tidal turbines. Similar to wind turbines, they can be arrayed underwater in rows. These turbines function best where coastal currents run at 4 to 6 miles per hour. For ease of installation, operation and maintenance, an ideal location would be close to shore in water less than 100 feet deep. Prototype tidal turbines are now being considered for the East River in New York City and under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Studies suggest tidal power will be most economical at sites where the mean tidal range exceeds 16 feet. In the United States, these conditions only exist in Maine and Alaska. Consequently, tidal energy is uneconomic for the rest of the country, including Hawaii. Wave Energy The power of ocean waves can be harnessed using a wave energy conversion system (WECS). These systems are generally categorized as shore-based or offshore systems. The two basic shore-based systems are the oscillating water column and the overtopping-tapered channel. There is much greater diversity in offshore WECS. The most common offshore WECS are pneumatic devices, overtopping devices, float-based devices and moving body devices. A Pelamis Wave Generator towed out to sea. 4 KIUC CURRENTS In general, offshore devices can access the highest wave power and have less of a visual impact. However, they require underwater transmission facilities and survivability/maintenance requirements in an extreme marine environment. Float-based devices are the most common of the proposed offshore designs. They generate electricity using the vertical motion of a float rising and falling with each wave. The float is anchored to the ocean bottom. The bobbing motion of the float pumps a liquid through a turbine generator. A prototype plant consisting of four 250-kiloWatt (kW) AquaBuOY units is planned for Makah Bay in Washington. Additionally, a 50-kW unit from Ocean Power Technologies has been installed at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Moving body devices also are being developed. These devices use a solid body moving in response to a wave action to generate electricity. The Pelamis from Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) is one of the most developed WECS technologies. It is a semisubmerged, articulated structure composed of cylindrical sections linked by hinged joints. As the joints flex, they move hydraulic rams that pump a fluid through an turbine generator. OPD is close to commercial deployment of three 750-kW units in Portugal. A Pelamis Wave Generator. of the Hawaiian Islands far exceed the electrical demand for all islands, except Oahu. Hawaii’s wave resource, centers of population close to the coast and high electrical prices mean wave energy may have potential in the near future: five to 10 years. However, development will be limited by environmental and utility constraints due to the variability of wave power. Additionally, the industry is still in its formative stages, with few commercially available products. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) sees great potential for wave energy and will monitor its development for possible application in Kauai. Conclusion A recent study by the Electric Power Research Institute concluded wave energy resources on the northern shores Attention High School Juniors! Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime! KIUC will sponsor four Kauai students for the 2007 NRECA Youth Tour, June 9 to 15, 2007 in Washington D.C. Why should you apply? Participants will have the opportunity to explore some our nation’s most significant historic sites, learn about electric cooperatives, meet with legislators and see government in action. You will also meet 1,400 students from across the nation. It’s a fun-filled and educational week that you will never forget! Who can participate? Any Kauai student in their junior year of high school is eligible. How do you apply? Ask your counselor or call KIUC for requirement information. Schools may select up to three students to participate in the interview process. If you are selected, you will be interviewed in February 2007 by a panel consisting of a KIUC employee, a KIUC board member and a community member. Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime! Call 246-4348, or see your school counselor for more information. 2007 Rural Electric Youth Tour Washington, D.C. KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. DECEMBER 2006 5 FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dear KIUC Members: identify weaknesses in our system, KIUC has implemented some of the recommendations identified in As we bid aloha and mahalo to our former President and the study. We are also working on implementing some of CEO Dutch Achenbach we welcome and thank Randy the remaining issues to improve our reliability and are Hee for stepping up as Acting President and CEO. Dutch grateful to you for your patience. came to Kauai as an Acting CEO for a three-month tour and stayed on for two years. We wish him well in his We should all take pride in gaining 10.82% equity since return to Wyoming. KIUC became a co-op in November 2002. This is our money that stays on island because we are a cooperative. Your KIUC Board of Directors are presently conducting a nationwide search for the best leader for KIUC and hope As a member, you can get involved by participating in the to have a new CEO in place sometime in the first quarter. upcoming Board of Directors election in March 2007. Members who are interested in running may do so by Many of you have been asking about renewable energy. submitting their resume to the nominating committee or KIUC staff engineer Jeff Deren did a series of Moving by running by petition. Forward presentations about KIUC’s renewable projects throughout the community for the past few months. We Please know that your Directors are here for you. Please are also working on improving two hydroelectric do not hesitate to call on us if you have any questions generators formerly run by Amfac and have entered into about your cooperative. negotiations with independent power producers to purchase power produced by alternate generation means. Reliability is a concern for us and as a result of a recently completed electric system transient stability study to Happy Holidays! Dennis Esaki, Chairman of the Board 2nd Cooperative Principle Democratic Member Control KIUC Nominating Committee is seeking candidates who have past experience serving on boards of community or non-profit organizations or government organizations and those willing to accept the responsibilities and obligations of a director. Members who wish to be considered should submit a one-page resume and letter of interest by January 2, 2007 addressed to: KIUC Nominating Committee 4463 Pahee Street Lihue, HI 96766 All potential candidates must complete a director duties orientation in order to confirm willingness to serve. Call 246-4378 for more information. The power of human connections KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. A Picture’s Worth... Pictured here, fronting their new stainless steel cooling tower, is Myron Lindsey (left), the new Chief Engineer for the new Hilton Hotel at Kauai Beach. Also pictures with Myron is staff member Clifford Furtado. This cooling tower upgrade was an effort to reduce high temperatures experienced by the buildings central air conditioning chillers; intern, reducing kW demand and kWh consumption costs. For additional energy savings, Included with this project was the installation of Variable Frequencies Drives (VFD) on the chill water and condenser pump motors. These types of upgrades can provide, not only energy savings, but improve equipment life. Of the total project cost of $180,000 KIUC's "Energy Wise Program" contributed to 50% of the cost. Best of luck to Myron, who recently relocated here from the Big Island, and congratulations to the new Hilton! If you have a business large or small and want to participate in the Commercial Energy Wise Program, call Paul Daniels at 246.8275. DECEMBER 2006 7 ceremonies featuring performances by island choirs and the dramatic “lighting” of the trees on the building’s lawn, followed by the Lights on Rice Street parade, which draws nearly 5,000 spectators. Inside the building are Chansky’s beautiful and lovingly restored decorations, joined by those created by other island artists. Santa and Mrs. Claus also are in attendance to welcome children Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, joined by Chansky herself, still warmly greeting guests as she did all those years in her home. Thousands of mini-lights tightly wrapped around tree trunks and branches fronting the County Building create the visual draw, splashing bright colors of holiday cheer onto Rice Street evenings and early mornings. But the most fascinating part of the Festival of Lights is the collection of Chansky’s lovely and intriguing decorations she made with all types of recycled objects: everything from beer caps to soda can pull tabs and pine cones, so attractive and cleverly constructed it takes several moments before the primary building material becomes clear. Chansky defers all credit for her creativity to a higher source, saying she had always been a tomboy—“a rascal”— and never gave a conscious thought to things of art. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS Josie Chansky’s folk art brings joy to kids of all ages By Pamela V. Brown Josie Chansky says she is the kind of person to tell a stranger, “Well, OK, come on in.” It’s no wonder that for 18 years she loved having her Kapahi home known as “The Kapaa Christmas House”—the site where thousands of Kauaians and even some visitors trekked each holiday season to gaze in awe at the bright lights and Chansky’s handmade folk art. The tradition—which began when Chansky lived on Oahu and continued when she retired to Kauai—now celebrates 10 years of being open to the public in the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihue. Called the Festival of Lights, it has expanded into a month-long celebration, complete with opening 8 KIUC CURRENTS “None of those things entered my mind,” she said. But as an adult, when she had seen something discarded as rubbish, she would instantly receive inspiration. “Before you know it I’m building something,” she said, eyes wide with amazement as she retells the story. “I don’t even know what I’m doing. I would say, ‘I wonder what this is going to look like?’ When it’s done, it’s so pretty.” Once Chansky decided to use the seed pods of the Hawaiian Autograph tree. She dried them out and pried open the “petals” of the pods, only to have them close again within several hours. Festival of Lights Schedule This year’s theme: Santa’s Gone Kauaian Where: Historic County Building on Rice Street Cost: Free! When: December 1, 6 p.m. Opening ceremony featuring the Kauai Chorale, followed by the lighting of the trees on the County Building lawn and the Lights on Rice Street parade. The building will be open for visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus and viewing handmade decorations during the day Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The display will be available through December 24. Patient and determined, she repeated the exercise for an entire week, with the same result. on the tradition of county support.” Freeman noted the event is now also sponsored in part by “Finally I said, ‘If you don’t stay open, I’m going to throw the Office of Economic Development and the Hawaii you out of the window,’” she says. “And it did stay open.” Tourism Authority. Sometimes while greeting people inside the County Building during the Festival of Lights, like-minded girls ask her how she kept the seed pods open. She tells the girls, “I gave them scoldings.” It seems the tradition is as alive and vibrant as ever. Affectionately greeting people every night during the Festival of Lights—just as she did those many years in her home—Chansky is recognized by people who remember visiting her in years past. “One of the things that’s special to me is when people come to the Festival of Lights and say, ‘Auntie Josie, do you remember me? My mom brought me to your house when I was little. This is my husband and my new baby.’” Community to the Rescue When Chansky’s husband, Joe, died in early 1996, she decided to sell all of her art pieces at a garage sale. Though friends and even members of the fire department offered to help put up her lights and decorations, she was grieving and her heart was not in it. That seemed to be the end of “The Kapaa Christmas House” tradition—until Elizabeth Freeman arrived at the garage scale and scooped up as much of Chansky’s collection as she could. When Chansky learned Freeman planned to donate the entire lot to the county for preservation, display and to find a way to continue the holiday tradition, she donated the balance of her collection to the cause. “I had learned that in some parts of the country, tradition is only as deep as the next developer,” Freeman said. “Tradition is what binds community and culture. There was ritual around this art. Most people on Kauai had been to Auntie Josie’s Christmas House.” Freeman contacted then-mayor Maryanne Kusaka, who put the wheels in motion, securing the County Building as the site for the new annual event, which began the following year. “It couldn’t have happened without her support and vision,” Freeman said. “Mayor Bryan Baptiste has carried Creating Art from Scraps In Auntie Josie Chansky’s hands, just about any item can be turned into a thing of beauty. Here are some of the materials she has used during the years to create her folk art, displayed for the public for many years in her Kapahi “Christmas House” and now at the County Building as the centerpiece of the Festival of Lights: Egg carton wreaths Wire clothes hanger chandeliers Air conditioner filter trees Telephone wire flowers Toothpick trees “I painted 7,500 hors d’oeuvres toothpicks green and gold,” Chansky said. When you go inside the County Building during December, you will be amazed to see how lovely beer bottle caps, jelly cups, plastic six-pack rings and soda can pull tabs can become—along with a few things only those of us over the age of 20 remember: flash cubes and IBM punch cards. Generous community partners have helped update traditions, starting with Rasco Supply’s donation of $8,000 worth of electrical equipment in 1998 to install electrical outlets at the base of each tree in the Historic County Building Park. Members of the fire department, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and Verizon (now Hawaiian Telcom) have volunteered their time to wrap strings of thousands of colored lights around each tree trunk and branch on the lawn of the County Building, making the presentation a little more elaborate each year. Equipment companies Toolmaster and Service Rentals donate lift genies to safely lift workers into the trees to complete the task. Kauai Chorale conducted by Lois Riccardi, performs annually at the opening ceremonies. Photo by Michael Somers. Volunteers clean, restore and put up the decorations, take them down and repack them for storage. Students from several high schools have made this their annual project DECEMBER 2006 9 with the vision of keeping the tradition of the ‘Christmas House’ alive. “All of the love that Josie shared with all of us when we went to her house went out to the community, and it’s all coming back so that we can share it with all the generations.” In her gentle way, Chansky punctuates that sentiment with her own message for children and adults alike. “Christmas is not the only time of loving, caring, giving and sharing,” she said. “It’s all year round. Love one another.” The Historic County Building lighted for the holidays. Photo by Jim Shea. and are joined by employees of a number of island hotels. Volunteer time totals around 2,000 hours each year, with people working in six- and eight-hour shifts. With such long days, Freeman realized early on she would need to arrange for food for the volunteers, and was once again shown Kauai generosity. “People find a way to help each year,” she said. “This year Fish Express asked, ‘Which is your biggest day?’ Princeville Hotel also wants our biggest day. Mark’s Place said they’d take three days. I have met with nothing but generosity on the part of everyone in the community Kauai High School volunteers pause for a photo with Aunti Josie Chansky and Elizabeth Freeman. 2005 and 2006 Festival of Lights Volunteers Individual Volunteers Felipe and Margie Bautista Janice Bond Alice Budzinski Dante Cernobori Josie Chansky Tim DeLaVega Tevita “Manu” Fonua Kainoa & Skip Forrest and Family Maryjane Garasi Paulette and Abel Guerra Pam Hoffman SunnyJo Kauanani and Sons Warren Koga Maryanne Kusaka Allison Lacaden Larry and Elaine Lasota Jim and Theresa Lull Robert Lumley Danillo Medina Tom and Anna Meyers Kim Miller Anna Murillo Greg Norby Garrett Oyama Sr. and Sons Gary Pacheco Brian and Nicole Patrick Gillian Pickett Dixie Prichard Sam Richard Laura Schronen Edee Seymour Jim Shea Molly Shea Norm and Lois Sims Blake and Sandy Solmers Michael Somers Jan and Peter Stern Allan Villaflor Caroline and Reuben Wacker Fred and Julie Werner Wendy Winkler Bob Wright Businesses and Organizations Donating Equipment, Time and/or Money Bacon Universal ComputerWeb at Kauai Village County Council Services Delta Kappa Gamma Flowers Forever Hanalei Canoe Club Hawaiian Telcom Ibaan Table Rentals Island School Interact Club Kapaa High School Interact Club Kauai Community Correctional Center Kauai High School Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Kilauea Senior Center Lihue Fire Department Lihue Senior Center Mokihana Club Oceanic Time Warner Cable Rasco Supply RSVP Service Rentals Singer Sewing Center The Garden Island Toolmaster Tropicars Wala’au Wasabi Design Financial Support Ace Hardware/Ben Franklin Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Bill Dreiss Grove Farm Hilo Hatties Rick and Crystal Jones Kahn Galleries King Auto Center Koa Properties Nani Makana Don and Laura McConnell O’Connor Realty Paradise Pacific Homes Rasco Supply Wal-Mart Businesses Providing Food for Volunteers Aloha Beach Resort Barbecue Inn Big Save Duke’s Canoe Club Fish Express Gaylord’s at Kilohana Grand Hyatt Kauai Hilton Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort Kauai Beverage Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club Keoki’s Paradise Lawai Beach Resort Mark’s Place Pizza Hut Princeville Hotel ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa Sheraton Kauai Resort Subway Lihue Musical Performers Kapaa Middle School Choir Kapaa Middle School Ukulele Band Kauai Chorale Soprano soloist Sandy Smith 10 KIUC CURRENTS Fire Department, Utilities Join Together to Light Up Lihue Fireman Shawn Hosaka has enjoyed helping illuminate the trees fronting the County Building on Rice Street since the first Festival of Lights celebration in 1997, but it was returning by helicopter from a sunset rescue at Hanakapiai one New Year’s Day evening that gave him a new perspective. “It was pitch black already,” he said. “We flew over Lihue and just so happened we flew over the County Building. We saw all the Christmas lights on. It was beautiful, unreal. We all felt good knowing that we helped put those things up.” Hosaka said the mechanics of stringing the lights have come a long way since the early days, when firemen used their ladders and hazmat trucks to lift men high enough to reach into the giant Monkeypod trees. As the event has grown, island companies began donating the use of equipment such as bucket trucks, making the operation easier and safer, and allowing more intricate wrapping of branches. Now retired KIUC employee Ralph (sonny) Villabrille helps create a colorful display in front of the Historic County Building. “We tear it up now,” Hosaka said. “We can put more lights at the ends of the trees.” Fire department personnel—who donate roughly 150 to 200 hours a year to help create the colorful display on the county lawn—are joined by employees of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Hawaiian Telcom (formerly Verizon). Ralph “Sonny” Villabrille—who retired as a troubleshooter and lineman with KIUC earlier this year—helped string lights on trees for about five years. He recalled working from a bucket truck elevated 42 feet in the air, enabling him to run lights from the top of the center palm tree all the way to the ground. Festival of Lights became a family affair for Villabrille. He has decorated his pickup and trailer for the Lights on Rice Street parade, which follows the Festival of Lights opening ceremony, and his son’s school participates in the parade. “It feels good,” he said. “You do something for the community and they appreciate it.” KIUC’s primary troubleshooter, Art Cordoba, has helped set up the lights for two years. He said he is the type of guy who will probably never say “no” when asked to help, especially for an event with such impressive community support. Because Cordoba’s job often has him out in the field talking to customers, he has learned from “snowbirds”—visitors who come to Kauai for several months to escape winter in their hometowns—that the level of involvement and commitment Kauai folks give to the Festival of Lights is admirable. “They’ve never seen a community come together and enjoy the lights, making sure the kids and grandkids are having a good time,” he said. “For a small group, a small county, it’s really neat. You don’t see that too often anywhere. It’s tremendous.” Ultimately, it is about making people happy, Hosaka said. When adults give thanks and children seem delighted, “that’s what makes it worthwhile,” he said. The lights are switched on for an hour each morning—something early commuters seem to enjoy. “Even us, as soon as we come into work in the morning,” Hosaka said. “It kind of gets you into the Christmas mood,” Hosaka said. “We’re all kids, too, and like to look at the lights.” —-Pam Brown DECEMBER 2006 11 For the Holidays Holidays are always a busy time of year filled with potlucks and parties. When you're in a pinch and need something easy but delicious to take to that family gathering or party, consider one of these easy to prepare dips or pupus that are perfect for the holidays. They're all festive and tasty! Artichoke Dip 2 cups Mayonnaise 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese 2 cans of diced green chili (7oz) 2 cans of artichoke hearts drained and diced (1302) Mix altogether in bowl and put into a baking dish and bake for 40minutes at 350 Caprese Salad 8 hothouse tomatoes 1 bunch of basil 1 package of buffalo-mozzarella Olive oil, and balsamic vinaigrette Slice up tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and place on platter. Then add olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and pepper for taste. Let chill in frig for 1 hour and ready to serve. 12 KIUC CURRENTS Layered Sushi 5 cups rice 1 cup shiofuku konbu 1 cup diced takuan Furikake nori Rinse and cook rice. Put half of the hot rice into a 9x13 pan and pack down. Spread shiofuku konbu, furikake and takuan evenly on the rice. Cover with the remaining rice and press down. Sprinkle top with additional furikake nori. Cool, cut into pieces and serve. Stuffed Aburage 6 packages of prepared and seasoned fried bean curd (rectangle type) - save the juice from the package for mixture 1 package somen 2 blocks kamaboko 8 oz. ocean salad half bottle of Tropics oriental dressing Break somen noodles in half before cooking and prepare according to directions on package and cool. Mix somen, kamaboko, ocean salad, oriental dressing and the juice from the aburage. Stuff mixture into aburage, refrigerate and serve. Crab & Kamaboko Dip 1 block cream cheese 1 package imitation crab 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 cup mayonnaise 1 block kamaboko 1 bunch green onions Place cream of mushroom soup and cream cheese in a pot and put on low heat, stir until the mixture is smooth. Dice the imitation crab, kamaboko and green onion. Add diced ingredients to the mixture. Mix in the mayonnaise last, place mixture in a bowl and serve with your favorite crackers. Please send your favorite recipes to KIUC Currents, 4463 Pahee Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DECEMBER 2006 13 THE POWER TO PROTECT Avoid Tree and Utility Conflicts Determining where to plant a tree is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Many factors should be considered prior to planting. When planning what type of tree to plant, remember to look up and look down to determine where the tree will be located in relation to overhead and underground utility lines. Often, we take utility services for granted because they have become a part of our daily lives. For us to enjoy the convenience of reliable, uninterrupted service, distribution systems are required to bring utilities into our homes. These services arrive at our homes through overhead or underground lines. Overhead lines can be electric, telephone, or cable television. Underground lines include those three plus water, sewer, and gas. The location of these lines should have a direct impact on your tree and planting site selection. The ultimate mature height and width of a tree to be planted must be within the available overhead growing space. Proper tree and site selection provide trouble-free beauty and pleasure for years to come. lines often coexist without problems. However, trees planted near underground lines could have their roots damaged if the lines need to be dug up for repairs. The biggest danger to underground lines occurs during planting. Before you plant, make sure that you are aware of the location of any underground utilities. To be certain that you do not accidentally dig into any lines and risk serious injury or a costly service interruption, call Hawaii One Call Center toll free at 1.866.423.7287, at least five days before you dig. Never assume that these utility lines are buried deeper than you plan to dig. In some cases, utility lines are very close to the surface. Safe Tree Planting— How You Can Help Tree and Power Lines are a Dangerous Combination If you or someone you know is planning to plant a tree, use this checklist to help make sure it will grow a safe distance from power lines. Before digging, call the Hawaii One Call Center and have the underground utility lines located to avoid contacting power lines or other utility lines. What kind of tree do you want to plant? When fully grown how many feet tall will it be? How many feet wide will its branches spread? Where do you want to plant it? When fully grown will it come within 10 feet of a highvoltage power line? Overhead Lines Overhead utility lines are the easiest to see and probably the ones we take most for granted. Although these lines look harmless enough, they can be extremely dangerous. Planting tall growing trees under and near these lines eventually requires KIUC to prune them to maintain safe clearance from the wires. This pruning may result in the tree having an unnatural appearance. Periodic pruning can also lead to a shortened life span for the tree. Trees that must be pruned away from power lines are under greater stress and are more susceptible to insects and disease. Small, immature trees planted today can become problem trees in the future. Tall-growing trees near overhead lines can cause service interruptions when trees contact wires. Children or adults climbing in these trees can be severely injured or even killed if they come in contact with the wires. Proper selection and placement of trees in and around overhead utilities can eliminate potential public safety hazards, reduce expenses for utilities and their members, and improve the appearance of landscapes. Safer is Smarter The same trees that beautify your landscape and provide shade for you home can also be responsible for serious danger to your family, and potential problems with your family’s electrical service. Trees growing too close to electric lines are the primary cause of momentary short circuits and flickering lights. In the case of a storm the limbs on those trees are likely to knock power lines out completely and create a threat to your safety. To protect your family, your property and your power service. Homeowners should keep trees trimmed away from power lines. If you have questions contact the Coop at 246-4300. Underground Lines Call Before You Dig! Trees are much more than just what you see overhead. Many times, the root area is larger than the branch spread above ground. Much of the utility service provided today runs below ground. Tree roots and underground 14 KIUC CURRENTS Remember, Call Before You Dig! Hawaii One Call Center Toll Free 1.866.423.7287 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS Percentage of Total Revenue Net Margins 7.2% Interest 7.0% Fuel & Purchased Power Costs 47.5% For the period 01/01/2006 – 10/31/2006 We are pleased to report that the KIUC results of operations through October 31, 2006 remained strong. Revenues, expenses, and net margins totaled $123.4 million, $114.6 million, and $8.8 million, respectively, for the ten-month period ending October 31, 2006. As is the case for all electric utilities, the cost of power generation is the largest expense, totaling $68.5 million or 55.5% of revenues. Fuel costs are the largest component of power generation, totaling $58.6 million or 47.5% of revenues, and representing 85.5% of the cost of power generation. The remaining $9.9 million or 8.0% of revenues and 14.5% of the cost of power generation, represents the cost of operating and maintaining the generating units. The cost of operating and maintaining the electric lines totaled $3.9 million or 3.2% of total revenues. The cost of servicing our members totaled $2.7 million or 2.2% of revenues. Administrative and general costs, which include marketing and communications, legislative and regulatory expenses, engineering, executive, financial and corporate services, and board of directors expenses, totaled $8.4 million or 6.8% of revenues. Being very capital intensive, depreciation and amortization of the utility plant costs $13.2 million or Taxes 8.4% Depreciation & Amortization 10.7% Administrative & General Net of Non-Operating Margins 5.8% Production Operation & Maintenance 8.0% Transmission & Distribution Operation & Maintenance 3.2% Member Services 2.2% 10.7% of revenues. Although not subject to federal income taxes, state and local taxes amounted to $10.4 million or 8.4% of revenues. Interest on long-term debt, at a very favorable sub-5% interest rate, totals $8.7 million or 7.0% of revenues. Non-operating net margins added $1.2 million to overall net margins. Revenues less total expenses equal margins of $8.8 million or 7.2% of electric sales revenue. Margins are allocated to consumer members and paid when appropriate. Community volunteers and Kauai District Tennis Association members went out to the Lihue Public Tennis Courts to install and adjust new nets on November 18, 2006 as a community project. PARTING SHOT We’re always looking for member photos to feature in Parting Shot. If you have an item to share with readers, please email email@example.com or send it to: KIUC Currents, 4463 Pahe‘e Street, Lihue, HI 96766. 2007 Calendar of Student Art Winners KIUC would like to congratulate the winners of our 2007 Calendar of Student Art Contest: Powerlines Aloha kakou: It seems amazing, but on November first we celebrated our fourth anniversary as a cooperative. In a few short years, we have gone from a cooperative with no equity and 100% debt to a cooperative with $294 million in assets and 10.82% in equity. We have also been able to return $15.5 million in refunds and patronage capital payments. This has happened in a time when our diesel prices have increased from $1.0456/gal in November 2002 to $2.0710/gal in June 2006. We owe our success to our employees and to the governance provided by the cooperative’s member elected Board of Directors. Our annual director election process will soon start again and all members are encouraged to participate. The one thing we have seen with our cooperative with its short history has been change, and again we are experiencing changes with the retirement of our President and Chief Executive Officer, H.A. “Dutch” Achenbach. We thank Dutch for his time with us and we wish he and Dora a fond aloha as they return to their home in Wyoming for retirement. NRECA’s Executive Search group is assisting our Board of Directors with the search for a CEO. The search process will conclude sometime in the first quarter of 2007. As I write this, we are finalizing our budget for 2007 and I thought that I might share a few thoughts about where we are heading. Since becoming a cooperative, we have increased our workforce to levels required to handle the extra work created by being separated from a larger parent organization. Next year’s plan calls for tapering off that increase to a sustainable level. Capital spending will target infrastructure improvements to handle the island’s growth, increase system reliability, rebuild/rewind our steam generation equipment and increase generation from renewable resources. We seek to improve service to our members by increasing our reliability, which will translate into fewer outages, and to improve the way that we inform our members when outages do occur. Increased reliability, to a large extent, is linked to capital improvements that we hope to initiate in the coming year. However, a planning process that will ensure that every infrastructure addition moves us closer to our reliability goal is most important. We are also very concerned with how we communicate our outage status with our members and we are currently working towards improvements in that area. Finally, I would like to wish everyone Safe and Happy Holidays! Mele Kalikimaka Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou! Randy Hee Acting President and CEO HI-130 Grand Prize Winner: Diane Sater Calendar Winners: Maceo Canty Aulani Kaui Kiani Souza Savannah Tripoli Rye Liddle Krystin Garcia Savanah Frisk Savana Roselli Melissa Gil N. Carlos Melanie Grindle Angela Mones Autumn Wease Tasha Rames Honorable Mention Winners: Jondi Das Chaz Kohatsu Amber Loughead Max Miles Kelsey O’Connor Jared Okayama Amelia Scoyni Natalia Smith Shannon Smith Sean C. Verhaagen Look foor your 2007 calendar in the mail. 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