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Monday, July 20, 2015
UHERO: Decoupling Socks Electric Ratepayers with Soaring Fixed Costs
By UHERO @ 9:18 PM :: 5012 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential customers now pay roughly $0.17/kWh for fixed costs....

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Sunday, June 7, 2015
UHERO: Neighbor Island Tourism Still Has Room to Grow
By UHERO @ 3:08 PM :: 3981 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Tourism will see additional healthy gains on the Neighbor Islands for the next two years, before rising occupancy and costs begin to bring down growth rates, something that has already occurred on Oahu....

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Sunday, June 7, 2015
UHERO Electric Vehicle Forecast for Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:57 PM :: 3738 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii-specific EV and car sales data to provide a preliminary forecast of potential EV adoption in Hawaii....

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Kilauea Largest Source of SO2 Pollution in USA
By UHERO @ 2:19 AM :: 5564 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Using Vog from Kilauea to Estimate the Health Consequences of Particulate and SO2 Pollution....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 6563 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
UHERO: Economic Impact of NELHA
By UHERO @ 12:40 PM :: 4533 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Economy, Small Business

NELHA currently accommodates 37 tenants ranging from companies bottling deep sea water to solar and biofuel companies....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
UHERO: Economy in 2015 will look a lot like 2014
By UHERO @ 2:34 PM :: 3157 Views :: Economy

...not all damage from the past recession has been repaired....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Creating "Paradise of the Pacific": How Tourism Began in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:59 AM :: 4470 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act, Tourism

...the early years of one of the most successful tourist destinations in the world, Hawaii, from about 1870 to 1940....

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii: State of the Economy Presentation
By UHERO @ 4:25 PM :: 2994 Views :: Economy

Carl Bonham presented this 2014 economic recap and 2015 forecast on January 20, 2015 at an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Up to $1.2 Billion Electricity Savings for Hawaii After Oil Prices Plummet
By UHERO @ 11:02 AM :: 4028 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...if prices stay this low, it will take up to four months before electricity prices fully reflect the drop in oil prices....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Dropping Oil Prices Boost Hawaii's Economy
By UHERO @ 2:30 AM :: 4173 Views :: Energy, Economy

The drop in crude oil prices from $112/ barrel in June of 2014 to $46/barrel today will, if sustained, provide a nice boost to Hawaii’s economy....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Flying to Hawaii: Comparing the Cost and Frequency Across States
By UHERO @ 12:56 AM :: 4383 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...The latest installment in the UHERO dashboard project is packed with information on the cost of travel to Hawaii from the US mainland....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Economic Impact of Astronomy in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:50 AM :: 3972 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

Including indirect and induced benefits and adjusting for inter-county feedback and spillover effects, the astronomy sector had a total impact of $167.86 million statewide....

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
UHERO: LNG Could Save Hawaii Ratepayers $800M/Year
By UHERO @ 8:18 PM :: 6069 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...to estimate the impacts of Hawaii importing LNG for use in the electric sector....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii's Economy In Need of An Engine
By UHERO @ 2:00 PM :: 4646 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Weak tourism and federal downsizing are holding down growth.  Construction has disappointed this year....

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
UHERO: PV Growth in Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 6:43 AM :: 3041 Views :: Energy

Under the current rate structure, DG providers are providing “cheap” electricity while consuming “expensive” electricity....

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Friday, August 8, 2014
UHERO: Stall in Tourism Slows Hawaii Economy
By UHERO @ 3:32 PM :: 3656 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...and no other sector has yet emerged to provide offsetting stimulus....

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Friday, August 8, 2014
Iniki: Years later Kauai Population, Workforce Still Suffered
By UHERO @ 1:11 AM :: 4500 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics

...Kauai’s economy only returned to pre-Iniki levels 7-8 years after the storm....

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Friday, June 6, 2014
UHERO: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Watershed Management
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 3074 Views :: Environment

The removal of and protection against “bad” and "ugly" natural capital such as invasive plants and feral animals....

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Friday, June 6, 2014
Revolution of ‘54? Inequality Increases Since Statehood
By UHERO @ 4:14 PM :: 4658 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...the share of income going to the “Dominant Class” increases while the share going to the “Lower Class” decreases steadily from the mid 1950s up to the present....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
UHERO: Tourism Weakness Continues
By UHERO @ 4:56 AM :: 3771 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Last year’s tourism weakness continued in the first quarter of this year, and incremental gains for 2014 will be slight....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
UHERO: Natural Gas is Cheaper and Cleaner
By UHERO @ 4:51 AM :: 3134 Views :: Energy

...HECO released an RFP in March for 800,000 tons of containerized LNG per year over 15 years, beginning in 2016 or 2017....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UHERO: Managing a Grid with Green Energy
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 4206 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...a windfall gain for the typically wealthy households able to take advantage of the situation....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Cost Implications of GHG Regulation in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 8:58 PM :: 3497 Views :: Energy, Environment

...this finding would not hold if fuel prices were substantively lower than current levels, either from falling prices or fuel-switching to lower cost products....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
UHERO: The Costs and Benefits of installing PV solar
By UHERO @ 3:52 AM :: 3005 Views :: Ethics

This calculator should help you to decide how large of a system to install and maybe help you comparison shop across solar providers....

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
UHERO: Why are Hawai’i’s Electricity Prices So High?
By UHERO @ 4:49 PM :: 4628 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...well over two thirds of the state’s generated electricity is used by commercial businesses and industry, which factor into the prices we pay for everything else....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
UHERO Looks at Lanai, Molokai Windfarm Proposals
By UHERO @ 10:05 PM :: 2751 Views :: Energy

...its net positive macroeconomic impacts are small....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Hotels and Condos Drive Construction Upturn
By UHERO @ 8:36 PM :: 2900 Views :: Economy

New condo towers in Kakaako are spurring double-digit growth in permits for residential construction. A sharp rise in commercial construction, much of it in resort areas, is on the horizon....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
UHERO: Impact of Federal PURPA Subsidies on Hawaii Alternative Energy market
By UHERO @ 6:38 AM :: 4237 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

In this policy brief, we identify the existing PURPA-based contracts in Hawai'i ....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
UHERO: Is Monopoly a Barrier to Hawai’i’s Ascent?
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 3976 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

In 2012 Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist and Columbia University Business School Professor visited Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 5010 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
UHERO: 2013 Hawaii Growth 'Disappointing', 2014 'Marked Down'
By UHERO @ 1:10 PM :: 3838 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Our projections for 2014 growth have been marked down....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 4182 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...its major impact has been as a funding source for energy and food security initiatives....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Is inequality actually lower in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 8:39 PM :: 3125 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

On the 50th anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty’, poverty and income inequality are major policy issues ....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
In Search of the Glass Ceiling: Deciphering Data on Gender and Wages
By UHERO @ 8:03 PM :: 3325 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the bottom line is that things might not be what they seem....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 5133 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums, Oligopolies, and the Affordable Care Act
By UHERO @ 9:05 PM :: 3870 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“Where do Hawaii plans/premiums stand relative to other states?”
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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 4948 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

...impacts on gross state product are estimated to be negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
UHERO Asia-Pacific Forecast: Pacific Rim Will Edge Forward After Weak 2013
By UHERO @ 1:48 PM :: 1856 Views

The developed world has continued to perform below potential this year .... 

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 4074 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

This UHERO 101 intends to clarify some of the rate and policy aspects of PV in Hawai‘i, and explores the two opposite driving forces of PV adoption....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: Water Trading to Control Hawaii Aquifers?
By UHERO @ 4:03 PM :: 3694 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

While an untrammeled water market would fail to provide the optimal solution, regulators can facilitate efficient water trading by setting appropriate exchange rates....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Catch Shares and Implications for Hawaii Fishing Industry
By UHERO @ 8:43 PM :: 3174 Views :: Environment

A controversial new method to manage fisheries is to assign “catch shares”....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Boost Profitability of Investment for Rich
By UHERO @ 1:44 PM :: 3787 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the vast majority of installations are demanded by households with the median income and higher....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 4689 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
UHERO: Shutdown did not Stop Hawaii Growth
By UHERO @ 3:51 PM :: 3790 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth is holding up in Hawaii, driven by still-strong tourism and rising construction....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now and Later: The Impact of the Government Shutdown
By UHERO @ 2:24 AM :: 4950 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Military

There are about 34,000 civilian federal jobs in Hawaii, a fraction of which were deemed essential....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The UHERO Dashboard Project Jobs Explorer: Occupations in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:31 AM :: 4111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The Hawaii Jobs Explorer, the first interactive tool to be released as a part of the ongoing UHERO Dashboard Project, is now available for public use....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
UHERO: Furlough Fridays = Less Juvenile Crime
By UHERO @ 3:12 PM :: 4492 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

The authors attribute the reduction in crime to two factors. The first is a lack of "concentration" allowing for less opportunity to engage in criminal activity, and the second is possibly increased monitoring by parents....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
E-RAT-icate: Cost-effectiveness of Eradication vs. Control
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 3668 Views :: Environment

Ecological non-use benefits and the costs of eradication and control programs are often difficult to quantify....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii's Energy Future
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 3950 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

UHERO's ongoing research is looking at ways to cost-effectively achieve GHG reduction and meet the state's clean energy goals....

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