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Sunday, December 14, 2014
NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 8397 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

NextEra paid just $88 million in taxes on earnings of nearly $7 billion. That’s a tax rate of just 1.25 percent when the statutory rate is 35 percent....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
By Video @ 12:24 AM :: 3594 Views :: Energy

Deal after deal has fallen through...The Entergy Merger Failure....The Constellation Energy Merger Failure....

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Made in China Solar Panels Costly for Planet
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:02 PM :: 3781 Views :: Energy, Environment

“It takes a lot of energy to extract and process solar-grade silicon,” says co-author Seth Darling. “And in China, that energy tends to come from dirtier and less efficient energy sources...."

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Saturday, December 06, 2014
HECO Sends Six New Solar Projects for PUC Approval
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 3125 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The average price of the seven new solar projects is 14 cents per kilowatt-hour....

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
NextEra Buy May be Good for Rates, Bad for Distributed Generation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 AM :: 3206 Views :: Energy

“Florida is not known for rooftop solar. It’s known for utility scale projects,” said Leslie Cole-Brooks, executive director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association....

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Day Before Announcing Sale of Company, HECO Inks Biofuel Deal with Cronies
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 4388 Views :: Energy, Ethics

“With this new contract, Hawaiian Electric will be purchasing approximately half our production volume...."

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Hawaiian Electric Bought out by 'Nation's Largest Clean Energy Company' for $4.3B
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 4405 Views :: Energy

NextEra Energy, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which the companies have agreed to combine....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
HECO Finally Admits GEMS is a Rate Hike
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 5657 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

For over a year, Hawaiian Electric has been claiming that the "green infrastructure fee" now beginning to appear on electric bills statewide is not a rate hike....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 2904 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
“Granting temporary privileges or punishment allows Congress to fund-raise on them over and over again.”
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Monday, December 01, 2014
HECO Seeks 'Demand Response' Contractors
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 2631 Views :: Energy

...Managing their own demand in response to utility requests is another way for customers to save on their electric bills while supporting more clean energy....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Feds Pay SolarCity to Analyze HECO Distributed Generation
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 3269 Views :: Energy

...to address operational issues associated with high degrees of distributed solar penetration on electrical grids....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Omidyar 'Assumes Ownership' of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2545 Views :: Energy

The team estimates the new system will reduce electricity usage by more than all of the utility scale photovoltaic systems currently operating in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Laborers Union: Schatz, Hirono, Hanabusa, Gabbard are Cowards Pandering to Eco Nut Billionaires
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 3272 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation

Democratic leaders in Washington should put job creation ahead of the ravings of environmental wing-nuts and their deep pocketed billionaire funders....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hawaii's Largest Wind Farm Developer Sold for $2.4B
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 2571 Views :: Energy

SunEdison to become world's largest renewable energy development company....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
China-U.S. “Climate” Accord
By NCPA @ 2:06 PM :: 3416 Views :: Energy, Environment

...far-reaching energy, trade and security implications....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
UHERO: LNG Could Save Hawaii Ratepayers $800M/Year
By UHERO @ 8:18 PM :: 4919 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Moody's: Warnings of a utility "death spiral" premature
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 2873 Views :: Energy

"Distributed generation poses a threat under traditional ratemaking...."

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
How GEMS Will Drive Your Electric Bill Up
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 PM :: 4474 Views :: Energy

A $150M Hawaii subprime lending scheme is receiving an “AAA-“ rating from Fitch because repayment is guaranteed by a surcharge on your electric bill....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Hawaiian Electric announces plans for approval of pending solar applications
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 2807 Views :: Energy

...approved for interconnection after meeting the following conditions....

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Panos: Next Governor Should Focus on Transportation, Energy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:48 PM :: 4114 Views :: Energy, Politicians, Rail

The renewable mandates make Hawaii more unaffordable and the mothballed interisland cable is yet another boondoggle....

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
HECO to Build 50MW Peaker Plant to Balance Erratic Alternative Energy
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 3467 Views :: Energy

“Solar energy comes and goes. You need something fast to fill the gaps.”

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Wind Power Drives Electricity Prices Up
By NCPA @ 12:21 AM :: 2751 Views :: Energy

...in nine of the 10 states most reliant on wind power, electricity prices are rising at least five times faster than the national average....

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Monday, October 20, 2014
Hawaii Energy Survey Shows Public Support Inversely Proportional to Amount of Energy Produced
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 2526 Views :: Energy

...the UH survey did not ask about Natural Gas....

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Aiona: Lower the Cost of Energy
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 2986 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“All solutions which lower the cost of energy must be on the table,” said Aiona....

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
UHERO: PV Growth in Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 6:43 AM :: 2431 Views :: Energy

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

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Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wind Industry Admits It Needs Handout to Compete
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:14 PM :: 3361 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...The wind production tax credit, a generous $23 per-megawatt-hour tax credit the producer receives for 10 years, expired last year....

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Thursday, October 02, 2014
DBEDT Applauds PUC’s Approval of 'Green' Subprime Loan Securitization Program
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 2380 Views :: Energy

A Green Infrastructure Fee, which was previously approved by the PUC, will be used to secure the bonds....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rate Hikes Coming as HECO Plans to Waste Big Money on Batteries
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 2669 Views :: Energy

...up to 200 megawatts of energy storage for Oahu....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Solar City Horror Stories
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 5753 Views :: Energy

...Leeds is pushing $500 a month with no way out for the next two decades....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wind Turbine or Tree? Certain Bats Might Not Know
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 3283 Views :: Energy, Environment

...video surveillance cameras watch bats flying at night near wind turbines....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Will Solar Scammers Undermine Subprime GEMS Loan Program?
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 3241 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...state lawmakers are still concerned about the costs customers would have to pay in order to update their rooftop inverters....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything: How to Lose Your Solar Tax Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3792 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

This week’s illustration of how timing is important involves the Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies credit....

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Saturday, September 06, 2014
Hawaii LNG Shipping Options
By Michael Hansen @ 11:31 PM :: 6729 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

From the point of view of shipping, there are several issues which will impinge on HECO’s planning to transition from liquid petroleum fuels to LNG....

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Saturday, September 06, 2014
HECO Prepares to Disconnect Unapproved Solar Systems
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 3073 Views :: Energy

...PUC rules give the utility authority to shut off the system and lock it to prevent interconnection....

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Thursday, September 04, 2014
Refinery Switch: HECO Dumps Par Petroleum for Chevron
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 4281 Views :: Energy

...to help Hawaiian Electric meet more stringent federal Environmental Protection Agency air emission requirements known as Mercury and Air Toxics Standards....

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Tuna Monument: Faleomavaega Slow on the Draw
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 4687 Views :: Energy, National News, Politicians, Small Business

...it took nearly a month for the ailing delegate to file a formal letter with Obama pleading with him not to take any action that would harm American Samoa....

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
HECO Submits Power Supply Improvement Plan
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 4111 Views :: Energy
“[HECO] will come up with some lofty goals, that are good for the future, but nobody’s there to keep them accountable down the road.”
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Cutting Energy Costs: Methanol Beats LNG for Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:22 AM :: 4333 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
...Methanol is competitive with LNG in cryogenic containers currently contemplated for Hawaii....
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii and U.S. Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with LNG imports
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 3387 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...These islands may soon be able to diversify their energy sources to include natural gas, because of relatively low natural gas prices and new shipping technology....

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Friday, August 08, 2014
Breaking HECO's Monopoly with Community Choice Aggregation?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:15 PM :: 2734 Views :: Energy

...the CCA approach was discussed at the “Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” conference....

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Navy Paying 69% More With $334M Solar Project
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 3781 Views :: Energy, Military

... the Navy is paying $0.44 per kwh ....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
HECO Proposes 'Demand Response' Billing, Remote Shutoff
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 2755 Views :: Energy

Under the programs, customers receive financial incentives for shifting energy use to certain times of the day....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Jones Act and the Energy Price Hawaii Pays for Protectionism
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 4708 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...electricity prices in Hawaii are nearly double those in the state with the next highest prices because Hawaii generates 75% of its electricity from petroleum and must rely on Jones Act vessels for all domestic oil shipments....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:27 AM :: 3242 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Former Hawaii state Sen. Fred Hemmings says politicians allowing monopoly control of Hawaii's energy market are largely responsible for high costs....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
KIUC to hit 50% Renewables in 2015
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3623 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

KIUC’s rates decreased 1.6 percent since 2008. By comparison, rates on Oahu have risen 21.5 percent over the same period....

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Monday, July 14, 2014
Report: Hawaii Highest Energy Costs, Lowest Consumption
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 2744 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

WalletHub -- 2014's Most & Least Energy-Expensive States.

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Monday, July 14, 2014
How U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Fossil Fuels in Russia, Saudi Arabia While Being Penalized at Home
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:59 PM :: 2768 Views :: Energy

...the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that offers billions of taxpayer dollars for development of fossil fuels in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico and other countries....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Would You Be Shocked?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3757 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii's power prices are among the highest in the nation as well. Not surprisingly, one of the big reasons for this is taxation....

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Saturday, July 12, 2014
Navy to Burn $334M on Oahu Solar Projects
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 3794 Views :: Energy, Military

Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, Boca Raton, Florida, is being awarded $334,135,534 for firm-fixed-price task order....

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
51,700 LED Streetlights to be Financed by 'Public-Private Partnership'
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 3518 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

The city is preparing a request for proposal to form a public-private-partnership that will replace all 51,700 city streetlights with LEDs....

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