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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Parker Ranch sells rights to NextEra to Build Giant Windfarm
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 3394 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

This agreement provides NextEra Energy Resources with long-term access rights to PRFT lands to develop renewable energy derived from PRFT's wind resources....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Dropping Oil Prices Boost Hawaii's Economy
By UHERO @ 2:30 AM :: 3405 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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Friday, January 16, 2015
Ige Names Doug Chin AG, Randy Iwase PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 3735 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Doug Chin is former managing director for the City and County of Honolulu.  Randy Iwase was Supervising Deputy Attorney General whose division provided legal counsel to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Public Utilities Commission....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii PUC chairwoman resigns powerful position
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:05 PM :: 3345 Views :: Energy, Ethics

State land records show the couple illegally built two bed and breakfast units and operated the lucrative business for more than a decade in a conservation district in Hanalei....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 5932 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Mina Morita Out as PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 3417 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

She previously told PBN that she would like to continue as chair....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
NextEra Merger Timeline: Interest in Hawaiian Electric Began in 2011 With Big Cable
By News Release @ 11:34 AM :: 2985 Views :: Energy

The board of directors and management of NEE became more familiar with HEI through NEE’s involvement with energy projects in Hawaii in 2011....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
PV in Hawaii 2014: The Roller Coaster Ride
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 AM :: 2669 Views :: Energy

A Hawaii solar state of the union from Marco Mangelsdorf....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Big Cable is NextEra's 'Biggest Proposal'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 3089 Views :: Energy

"...its biggest proposal in the Aloha state is a $600 million cable project...."

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Big Wind: NextEra, Sierra Club Team up for Corporate Welfare
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 3650 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the production tax credit (PTC) gives wind companies 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they produce....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Full Text: Stockholder Suit Challenges HECO-NextEra Merger
By Andrew Walden @ 12:50 AM :: 2963 Views :: Energy

There are at least two class action suits filed against the HEI-NextEra merger....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Senator Calls on Feds to Block Electric 'Fixed Fees'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3414 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, its power company is trying to get a $55 fixed monthly charge, which is double its current fee....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Congressmen Put Heat on ‘Deceptive’ Rooftop Solar Leases
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:32 PM :: 3734 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...leasing solar panels from a third party may be a harmful investment for homeowners....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
National Academy of Sciences: Electric Cars Make Air Dirtier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 PM :: 3327 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The study examines environmental costs for cars' entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 8626 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 :: 3697 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 :: 3904 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 :: 3251 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 :: 3302 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 :: 4523 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 :: 4536 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 :: 5818 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 :: 3042 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 :: 2714 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 :: 3366 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 :: 2644 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 :: 3395 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 :: 2668 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 :: 3541 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 :: 5110 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 :: 2964 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 :: 4604 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 :: 2902 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 :: 4301 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 :: 3569 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 :: 2847 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 :: 2621 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 :: 3105 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 :: 2549 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 :: 3528 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 :: 2467 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 :: 2758 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 :: 5867 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 :: 3424 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 :: 3346 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 :: 3910 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 :: 6872 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 :: 3159 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 :: 4397 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 :: 4897 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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