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Thursday, April 03, 2014
UHERO: Why are Hawai’i’s Electricity Prices So High?
By UHERO @ 4:49 PM :: 3932 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 :: 4419 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 :: 2336 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 :: 3211 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 :: 2842 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 :: 4026 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 :: 3617 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 :: 4642 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 :: 4072 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 :: 3125 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 :: 4011 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 :: 3497 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 :: 8613 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 :: 3371 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 :: 3931 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 :: 3712 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 :: 2471 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 :: 4106 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 :: 4833 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 :: 4739 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 :: 2528 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 :: 2882 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 :: 3557 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 :: 2931 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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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Study: Wind Farms Die After 10-15 years
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 3455 Views :: Energy

...the economic life of onshore wind turbines is between 10 and 15 years, not the 20 to 25 years projected by the wind industry itself, and used for government projections....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I Aloha Molokai opposes HB1942 & SB2754
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 2494 Views :: Energy

These bills offer 50 million dollars in bonds for the Ikehu Molokai project proposed by Molokai Ranch and Princeton Energy....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
Hawaiian Electric deactivates Honolulu Power Plant
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2738 Views :: Energy

...nearly a century after the generating station first started providing electricity to the people of Oahu....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
C'mon, Obama, Join the Energy Boom
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:26 PM :: 2093 Views :: Energy
An energy project that would be good for the U.S economy, can be built without taxpayer help, and would have little to no environmental impact?
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Panos: Household Electricity and Solar Panels
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:47 PM :: 2561 Views :: Energy

This brief analysis is a simple case of a picture is worth one thousand words....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Kauai: 74% Vote to Make Anti-Smart Meter Protesters pay for their own Paranoia
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 3170 Views :: Energy

KIUC has charged $10.27 a month to customers who choose not to use a wireless smart meter....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Company Behind Kahuku Windfarm Fire Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 4200 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Xtreme Power...announced today that it filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
As Circuits Max Out, HECO Touts New Solar Installation Record
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3297 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

A total of 17,609 solar installations with more than 129 megawatts capacity were added....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kuakini Hospital Refit to Cut Energy Bill by $1M/year
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 2913 Views :: Energy, Health Care

The Kuakini project is part of Metrus' $75 million commitment to the White House's Better Buildings Challenge....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Kauaʻi Judge Denies Injunction on KIUC Meter Opt-Out Fees
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 3248 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...a “glaring problem” with Mr. Asquith’s motion was that it did not include the PUC....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Does LEED Certification Mean Anything?
By NCPA @ 3:11 PM :: 2095 Views :: Energy

...some of the worst-performing buildings in the country have received LEED's highest scores....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11 Running for KIUC Board; Candidate Forum Scheduled
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 3266 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) Nominating Committee has confirmed 11 candidates for its Board of Directors election on March 8, 2014....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fitch Ratings for Hawaiian Electric Tout Decoupling
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 3250 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO enjoys full revenue decoupling, fuel and purchased power pass-through recovery, rates based on forward test years...and recovery of increases in certain operating expenses and capital investments between rate cases through riders....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Decoupling: How HECO's "Money Printing Machine" Causes High Electric Rates
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 5171 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... why should an ever-expanding list of business risks be transferred from the utility to its customers? ....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Should ERS Project 8% Rate of Return?
By NCPA @ 1:41 PM :: 2643 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Today, riskier investments appear to improve public pension funding. Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
OTEC Completes Pennystock Sale, Reverse Merger with Shell Company
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3402 Views :: Energy

OTEC is allegedly building a sea-water air conditioning system for downtown Honolulu.

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Friday, January 03, 2014
PUC Clears Former Chairman's Law Firm to Continue Representing Lanai Wind Project
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 3219 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...in the event the commission receives evidence that the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a ruling which disqualifies Mr. Caliboso, the commission intends to re-visit the issue....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Federal Wind PTC Tax Credit Expires
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 PM :: 3431 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

When the PTC was last extended, in January 2013, Congress changed the criteria. A project only had to be in construction before the expiration date to be eligible for the tax credit....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
State Energy Office Updates 'Clean' Energy Leaderboard
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2821 Views :: Energy

The renewable energy projects presented in this directory are demonstrating progress in becoming commercial enterprises....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2516 Views :: Energy

Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Panos: The Public and Private Versions of Solar Power, in Brief
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:00 AM :: 2699 Views :: Energy

...wastes productive land, wastes taxpayer funds, and lies about sustainable green jobs....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Excessive Price: PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Scheme (again)
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 3984 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Because HELCO's renewable energy generation output is in excess of the statutory forty percent, HELCO must demonstrate that the project provides cost reduction benefits to ratepayers....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 4046 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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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Electricity: Blue Planet Celebrates Year of Making Public Consume Less and Pay More
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 2950 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The Clinton Global Initiative recognized WEfficiency as a change-making commitment. And of course: Money shower!....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Airports Division Signs $518M Energy Contract
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3093 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...to design, manage and install energy efficiency measures that will upgrade facilities, reduce energy usage by about 49 percent and with additional operational improvements save a total of $518 million at 12 state-operated airports....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Why the Price of Crude in America Is Out of Whack with the Rest of the World
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 3152 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A barrel of Brent currently changes hands for $109; WTI fetches just $98; HECO pays $132....

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