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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Study: Wind Farms Die After 10-15 years
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 3723 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 :: 2707 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 :: 2998 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 :: 2366 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 :: 2823 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 :: 3499 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 :: 4657 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 :: 3710 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 :: 3238 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 :: 3710 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 :: 2342 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 :: 3760 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 :: 3544 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 :: 6112 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 :: 2890 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 :: 3719 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 :: 3544 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 :: 3841 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 :: 3056 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 :: 2826 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 :: 2938 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 :: 4313 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 :: 4541 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 :: 3239 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 :: 3381 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 :: 3408 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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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 2423 Views :: Energy

If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Federal Regulations Discourage Small-Scale Hydro Projects
By NCPA @ 10:10 PM :: 2249 Views :: Energy

...FERC oversees all permits for hydropower plans. The process is so onerous that license-seekers sometimes have to obtain permits from up to 25 different agencies. It can take years....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
IAM Challenges Molokai Alt Energy Project on Transparency
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 3888 Views :: Maui County, Energy

Recent confidential negotiations between Molokai Ranch, California wind developer Princeton Energy, Maui County and Maui Electric Company, however, have cast doubt....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
United States Should Embrace Its Energy Superpower Status
By NCPA @ 10:42 AM :: 2410 Views :: Energy

U.S. energy policy should be changed to reflect its newfound energy abundance....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Senator Schatz is Wrong about Wind Energy -- Part 2
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:32 PM :: 3061 Views :: Energy

The quotes below are a sample of the responses I received to part 1 ....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
A New Way to Look at Energy Subsidies
By NCPA @ 2:04 PM :: 2346 Views :: Energy

It is easy to manipulate the numbers when it comes to talking about subsidies....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 3797 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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Thursday, November 28, 2013
HECO Offers Deal to Solar Customers Caught in Limbo
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 3067 Views :: Energy

Hawaiian Electric is helping customers whose rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations were underway in September when the utility revised its interconnection procedures....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
United States to Become World's Largest Oil Producer
By NCPA @ 12:49 PM :: 2532 Views :: Energy

The United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Panos: Senator Schatz is Wrong about Wind Energy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:10 PM :: 2985 Views :: Energy

...thanks to Senator Schatz’s flawed advocacy, our electricity costs will increase....

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wind Farms: If you thought your bill was going to drop, you're Disappointed
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 PM :: 3242 Views :: Energy

“If you heard the message as, ‘Your bill is going to drop,’ those people feel a sense of disappointment,” said Doug McLeod, Maui County’s energy commissioner....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Boost Profitability of Investment for Rich
By UHERO @ 1:44 PM :: 3503 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

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

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Lloyds of London Lawsuit Reveals Story Behind Kahuku Windfarm Fires
By Andrew Walden @ 1:38 AM :: 8381 Views :: Energy

The lawsuit states that a second fire—also previously described by First Wind management as ‘small’--resulted in $2,000,000 in damages....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
New Survey Shows 96% Support for Solar Energy in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2470 Views :: Energy

85 percent  believe efforts should be made to make renewable energy such as solar power more affordable for consumers....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Continue Dramatic Decline in 2013
By NCPA @ 1:25 PM :: 2836 Views :: Energy, Environment

United States has reduced more carbon dioxide emissions this century than any other nation. The U.S. emissions decline is due in large part to technological advances in natural gas production ....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Task Force: Both Hawaii Refineries May be Closed in Seven Years
By News Release @ 12:46 PM :: 2859 Views :: Energy

Once again, Abercrombie tells Hawaii refineries to 'drop dead'....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 4312 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Smart Meters: KIUC Members to Vote on Proposal to Tax Conspiracy Theorists
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 2699 Views :: Energy

About 10 percent of KIUC’s 30,000 customers have opted out of the smart meter program....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Fracking Reverses Decline in U.S. Energy Production
By NCPA @ 11:13 AM :: 2217 Views :: Energy

A few short years ago, many analysts argued that oil was nearly tapped out and America needed to plan for a post-petroleum future.  What's changed? In a word: fracking....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Geothermal Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:37 PM :: 3476 Views :: Energy, Land Use
declined to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in In re Campbell, the case involving Land Court registration (Torrens title) and mineral and metallic mining rights....
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Sunday, November 10, 2013
KIUC Gets Solar 37% Cheaper than HECO
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 4229 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The net cost of electricity that will be generated by the array will be at 10 cents and 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour....

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Saturday, November 09, 2013
Playing with Fire: Kahuku Windfarm to Install Molten Magnesium Batteries
By Andrew Walden @ 3:48 AM :: 6494 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...magnesium melts at 1202 degrees Fahrenheit and antimony melts at 1166 degrees Fahrenheit.....

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Friday, November 08, 2013
Proposed Kahuku Windfarm Would Kill Endangered Birds, Bats
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 4299 Views :: Energy, Environment
A public scoping meeting will be held on November 13, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kahuku Village Association Community Center....
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
No Blackout: RevoluSun Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 5:36 PM :: 9398 Views :: Energy, Ethics

The revolution will not be televised, but on television last night, the RevoluSun was not blacked out....

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