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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Obama Is Bypassing Congress Again. This Time It's Going to Cost You.
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:42 AM :: 3306 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the Environmental Protection Agency, which will release its carbon-dioxide regulations for existing power plants on Monday....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
UHERO: Natural Gas is Cheaper and Cleaner
By UHERO @ 4:51 AM :: 2932 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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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Solar Power is Too Expensive
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 2427 Views :: Energy

...it costs nearly twice as much to produce as natural gas....

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Calling all Cronies: Hawaii to Burn $150M on Subprime Energy Loan GEMS
By News Release @ 12:35 AM :: 3986 Views :: Energy

Hawaii GEMS program will focus on making solar power accessible to renters and homeowners with low credit scores....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Molokai Ranch Achieving Success with … Ranching
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 5750 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism

Moloka'i Ranch is launching initiatives to achieve sustainability, starting with the re-establishment of ranching operations....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Hawaii Exiting Inflated Asian Oil Markets, Will Buy from Mexico
By Selected News Articles @ 6:14 AM :: 3864 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Petroleos Mexicanos said it will export crude to the U.S. state of Hawaii for the first time and that the initial shipment will be delivered in July....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Statewide Hearings on Hawaii ‘Clean’ Energy Set for May
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 2930 Views :: Energy

Comments on the Draft PEIS should be submitted by July 17, 2014....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 4296 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 4116 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Monday, May 05, 2014
Hawaii State Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption
By Michael Hansen @ 11:44 PM :: 5779 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

What might be the situation if one or both refineries closed ....

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Ordered by State: HECO to Waste Millions on Worthless Batteries
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 3335 Views :: Energy

...Hawaiian Electric is seeking proposals for one or more large-scale energy storage systems able to store 60 to 200 megawatts for up to 30 minutes....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Repeal Jones Act Before Exporting Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 3983 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

This newfound abundance has come primarily from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PUC Orders HECO to Cut Costs, Integrate More Solar
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 3629 Views :: Energy

...four major decisions and orders that collectively provide key policy, resource planning, and operational directives to HECO....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
DBEDT Hawaii Refinery Task Force Calls for Jones Act Waiver
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 4299 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Tesoro indicated that domestic supply was not competitive, in part due to Jones Act restrictions....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: Is the Jones Act Impacting Domestic Oil?
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 3709 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Shippers are increasingly moving crude to a refinery in Canada....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Full Text: Taskforce Report Plans 'Refinery Closure Scenarios'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 3046 Views :: Energy

The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has completed its year-long study of the potential impacts of refinery closures....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 4894 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
7 Reasons Nothing Should Stand in the Way of the Keystone XL Pipeline
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:14 AM :: 2562 Views :: Energy

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61 percent of the American public favor building the pipeline....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Panos: Sopogy's Demise is a Huge Victory for Honest Engineering and the Taxpayer
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:05 AM :: 6753 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Many well-known people such as Governors Lingle and Abercrombie, Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Blue Planet Foundation's Henk Rogers, and Hawaii's only billionaire Pierre Omidyar have Sopogy egg on their face....

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Solar Scammers Push Poll, Claim 94% Support Them
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 2961 Views :: Energy

A new opinion poll sponsored by solar scammers argues that Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has a significant public image problem....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UHERO: Managing a Grid with Green Energy
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 3901 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 :: 3272 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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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
What's Actually Good for the Environment May Surprise You
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 AM :: 3163 Views :: Energy, Environment

Here are two examples that may surprise you....

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Al Gore in Hawaii: Carbon Polluters 'Immoral, Unethical, Despicable'
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:46 PM :: 3966 Views :: Energy, Higher Education

The reception afforded Gore baffled David Kreutzer, who writes about related misconceptions and myths....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
All Eyes Should be on the First Wind – PUC Affair
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 3531 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

This was actually Plan B, after an embarrassing failed attempt to go public in 2010....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Sky's the Limit? Honolulu #1 City for Buying into Solar Hype
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 4140 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Environment America (who?) released a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution”....

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
UHERO: Why are Hawai’i’s Electricity Prices So High?
By UHERO @ 4:49 PM :: 4356 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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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Stung by High Electric Rates, Parker Ranch launches Paniolo Power Company
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 4970 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

HELCO rates are consistently more than 37 cents a kilowatt-hour, and often well over 40 cents, despite nearly half of the island’s electricity being generated from renewable sources....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
UHERO Looks at Lanai, Molokai Windfarm Proposals
By UHERO @ 10:05 PM :: 2566 Views :: Energy

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

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunetric Sells Out to Mainland Company for $16M
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 3464 Views :: Energy

"The extremely high cost of utility power in Hawaii has made it one of the most attractive markets...."

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
HECO 'Renewable Watch' Shows Erratic 'Clean' Energy Flow in Real Time
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 3128 Views :: Energy

“Renewable Watch” for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, online displays that show the daily contribution of solar and wind generation on each island and how energy from these resources changes throughout the day....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Portnoy Lashes out at Zell, Claims Parr Petroleum Hawaii Refinery is at Risk
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 4424 Views :: Energy, Land Use

...leases which may be essential for Par Petroleum’s refinery operations....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
UHERO: Impact of Federal PURPA Subsidies on Hawaii Alternative Energy market
By UHERO @ 6:38 AM :: 3996 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

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

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Friday, March 14, 2014
PUC chair, green activist under investigation, accused of violating HI conservation law
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 PM :: 5144 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

IRONY: PUC Commissioner Hermina Morita, adored by environmentalists, is facing fines for violating Hawaii conservation and zoning laws....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Carl Icahn, Sam Zell vs Portnoy Family in 'Vicious' fight over Hawaii Lawyers' Land Management Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 AM :: 4493 Views :: Energy, Land Use

Mr Zell controls 33 per cent of Par Petroleum, an oil and gas company operating in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
HECO Begins Installing Smart Meters on Oahu
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 3350 Views :: Energy

This is the first phase of a plan which would develop smart grids across Oahu, in Maui County and on Hawaii Island by 2018....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
For Sale Cheap: One More Bankrupt Alt-Energy Scheme
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 4492 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Located in Kawaihae on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, 35 miles north of Kailua-Kona, the assets are being marketed in a sealed bid offering that closes at 5:00 p.m. (PT)on April 4....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
KIUC Elections: Anti-Smart Meter Paranoiacs Lose Again
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 3937 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

David Iha, Teofilo "Phil" Tacbian and Peter Yukimura have been reelected to the board of directors of Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative.....

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Sunday, March 09, 2014
Solomon Pushes for Approval of Mililani Trask's Overpriced Geothermal Contract
By Andrew Walden @ 8:16 PM :: 9359 Views :: Energy, OHA, Cost of Living

...IDG officers and associates gave over $10,000 to Malama Solomon for her tightly contested 2012 primary race against Lorraine Inouye....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
UHERO: Is Monopoly a Barrier to Hawai’i’s Ascent?
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 3692 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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Friday, March 07, 2014
Pine: 50,000 Solar Panels for Kahe Point?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:00 AM :: 4312 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

The construction of a 50,000 panel solar farm at the entrance of the Wai‘anae Coast at Kahe Point is being proposed....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
In Face of Lawsuit, DOE Pushes Ahead with Overpriced Chevron Solar Deal
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 4167 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

This morning, the DOE announced it has selected Chevron Energy Solutions to help lead implementation of the five-year sustainable energy program, to be called Ka Hei....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Mainland Enviros Cheer Hawaii's On-Bill Financing Solar Scheme
By News Release @ 11:56 AM :: 2698 Views :: Energy

EDF has been advocating for states to establish On-Bill Repayment (OBR) programs that allow property owners and tenants to finance clean energy....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Kanoho Helm Debunks 'Developer-Driven' Big Cable Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 7:19 PM :: 4553 Views :: Maui County, Energy

The sequence of events seems to go like this: Elected officials – in this case our Governor – are treated to a persuasive sales pitch and sign off prematurely on a “bold new concept.”....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Full Text: Legislators Challenge Abercrombie over Morita Dismissal
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 5408 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living
...William Kaneko, who chairs Abercrombie's re-election campaign, is a former lobbyist for Aina Koa Pono....
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Feds: Hawaii's High Energy Costs Drive Push for 'Clean' Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 7:58 PM :: 5204 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...residential electricity rates are three times the national average....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Hawaiian Electric Reports 2013 Earnings
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 2741 Views :: Energy

Record 18% of electricity used by Hawaiian Electric customers was from renewable sources....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
First Wind Dumps Battery System to Restart Kahuku Windfarm after Fire
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 3159 Views :: Energy

It turns out they never needed the battery system in the first place.... 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 3918 Views :: Energy, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Xtreme Bankruptcy: Burned out Wind Farm Battery Maker to be Auctioned off
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 3209 Views :: Energy

...Xtreme Power earned the 15th spot on Inc. Magazine's 500/5000 list of the fast growing private companies in the U.S. in 2012--now they're BK....

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