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Monday, August 08, 2016
Audit: How Hawaii VA Solar Project Delayed 21 Months
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 2789 Views :: Energy, Military

...VA Drops Millions on Delayed Solar Power Projects....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Moody’s Hawaiian Electric Downgrade due to “unpredictable and highly political regulatory environment”
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 2677 Views :: Energy

...Approximately $600 million of debt affected....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Why it’s so expensive to cool Hawaii’s schools
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:01 AM :: 3360 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...dividing the project into an AC portion and an energy portion would greatly reduce the per-classroom cost....

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Hawaii Offshore Windfarms An Expensive ‘Political Agenda’
By Selected News Articles @ 7:34 PM :: 2308 Views :: Energy

...the Interior Department is accepting bids for offshore wind leases in two areas off the Hawaiian island of Oahu....

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Begins Peddling Batteries
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 2059 Views :: Energy

Barrons: Hawaii Only Place Anybody is Talking About Solar Battery Storage....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
TOU Pricing: A Cool New Way to Raise Your Electric Rates
By UHERO @ 10:13 PM :: 1964 Views :: Energy

...The proposed rates have the highest cost during the on-peak period from 5pm to 10pm....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
KIUC: 40% Renewable for 2016
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2702 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...on track to burn almost 10 million gallons less oil than it did in 2006....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Hawaiian Electric: Significant Alt-Energy Projects Underway Without NextEra
By News Release @ 3:37 AM :: 1815 Views :: Energy

...projects and initiatives by Hawaiian Electric to significantly increase its production of renewable energy by the end of the decade....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hot Schools: DoE Prepares for Illness and Exhaustion
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 3508 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Environment, Ethics

... Schools could have been cooled already but DoE insiders had to reward crony contractors so the keiki will just have to suffer until next year ....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
DoH Socks Hawaii’s Last Cane Plantation with $600K Fine
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 3036 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Suddenly biomass is not clean energy?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hawaiian Electric withdraws request for approval of LNG contract and generation upgrades
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 2605 Views :: Energy

Now you know what the NextEra fight was all about....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 2028 Views :: Energy

No mention of LNG in this news release....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
EPA Imposes $425M in Costs on Tesoro, Parr Refineries
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2485 Views :: Energy, Environment

Under the settlement, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
NextEra Quits Hawaii Short $95M
By News Release @ 11:30 AM :: 1986 Views :: Energy

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries announce termination of Merger Agreement....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
By News Release @ 12:30 AM :: 2550 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Morita is petitioning the court to order Gorak to state the authority under which Gorak claims to be a PUC commissioner....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
PUC Rejects NextEra Deal 2-0: Gorak Abstains
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2301 Views :: Energy

In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission today dismissed without prejudice....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
GEMS: State Asks Cronies for $150M in Schemes
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 2196 Views :: Energy

Eligible proposers include financiers, developers, equipment manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other clean energy industry participants....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Full Text: AG Opinion Backs Ige’s PUC Appointment
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 1906 Views :: Energy

...OKs Ige to appoint (anti-NextEra) Tom Gorak on an interim basis to the Public Utilities Commission after (pro NextEra) Commissioner Mike Champley’s term expired....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
NextEra: Kouchi Asks for Formal Opinion from Attorney General (Full Text)
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 2235 Views :: Energy
In light of your informal opinions via letters dated June 27, 2016 and June 30, 2016, are Attorney General Opinions 73-7 and 80-4 null, void and overturned?
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Ige Signs Cool Schools, Water Bills
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2808 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...HB 2569 (Act 176) which aims to expedite the goals of the Department of Education to cool Hawai‘i’s schools, reduce energy costs, meet Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals....

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Ige Appoints New PUC Commissioner, Secures 2-1 Majority Against NextEra
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 AM :: 2385 Views :: Energy

...Iwase said he is hopeful a decision could come by next week--but not in the next two days....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
HB2231: New law makes it easier to finance energy co-ops
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2802 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

...this act allows for the use of state special purpose revenue bonds to be used to finance publicly owned energy cooperatives....

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Energy monitoring and management coming to 250 public schools
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2432 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

All public elementary, middle, and high schools in the Hawaiian Electric Companies' service territory are receiving new, intelligent, energy-monitoring devices and software....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki: Feds Declare Open Season
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3280 Views :: Energy

...a call for information and nominations to gauge the wind industry’s interest in commercial wind leases in two areas offshore Oahu....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Rogue Systems: Top Solar Contractor Busted for Lying to Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 3083 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...after allegedly misrepresenting information related to requirements for interconnecting solar energy systems....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
HECO Customers Keep Paying On Unused $144 Million GEMS Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 3267 Views :: Energy, Taxes

For a short while earlier this year, it looked as though the $144 million in the state’s bond-financed Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) account might actually get used....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ethics: Hawaii DoT Capital Improvements Director in Bed with Parsons Brinckerhoff–Literally
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 4008 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

...her spouse was employed by Parsons as a Vice President and was Parsons’ principal consultant and a point of contact for 12 DOT Parsons Projects....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Floating Windfarm Electricity Costs More Than Double
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 PM :: 1942 Views :: Energy

Floating turbine foundations cost about eight times more than seafloor-based supports for their conventional counterparts....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaiian Electric: Natural Gas Can Save Ratepayers $3.7B
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 2018 Views :: Energy
Over 8M barrels less oil imported annually
4M tons less greenhouse gas emissions 
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Saturday, May 14, 2016
When Classrooms Get Too Hot, Laie Parents Take Matters into Their Own Hands
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 3036 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

Jennifer Kajiyama and Carol Feinga are part of Keep Laie Cool, an initiative working to solve the crisis of Hawaii’s hot classrooms....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki? Feds Coming to Honolulu for Public Hearing
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 2856 Views :: Energy

...Monday May 16, 2016 starting at 9am....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Energy: Banking on Wind and Solar Keeps Hawaii Dependent on Oil
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 2596 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...After all the hype, 94% of Hawaii baseload electricity comes from non-renewable sources....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Laughable: HB2085 Would Have Banned Gasoline-and Diesel-Powered Vehicles
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 2739 Views :: Energy

"...to add the extra capacity for every vehicle’s charging needs will require solar panels and wind turbines on nearly every available inch of land....”

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Monday, May 09, 2016
Variable Electric Pricing: What a Difference a Rate Makes
By UHERO @ 11:53 PM :: 2285 Views :: Energy

...variable pricing of electricity, both wholesale and retail, can lower the cost of intermittent renewables....

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Friday, May 06, 2016
Ige Signs ‘Cool Schools’ Bill
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 3617 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...an emergency appropriation of $100 million to fund equipment and installation costs for air conditioning, heat abatement measures and related energy efficiency measures....

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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Much Ado About Nothing – The Hawaii Legislature Edition
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2804 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Today we are looking at a bill in our Legislature that contains nothing....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
SunEdison Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 2327 Views :: Energy

...debtor in possession....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Jones Act and Enviro Regs Blessing and Curse for California Refiners
By Michael Hansen @ 3:08 PM :: 3301 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...The principles applicable to the California petroleum market without doubt similarly impact Hawaii....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Fuzzy Accounting Behind Renewable Energy’s Falling Prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 2873 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...most of those “savings” are coming from taxpayers pockets....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Chevron Signs Deal to Sell Hawaii Refinery, Stations
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 2254 Views :: Energy

...One Rock also has a unique strategic relationship with Mitsubishi Corporation....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
NEM Lawsuits: Rooftop Solar companies will play only if the game is stacked in their favor
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 2977 Views :: Energy

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is run by the lead lobbyists for the two big companies — both have obvious Democratic Party connections....

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Friday, April 01, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Proposes $340M Rate Hike, Blames Smart Grids
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 2213 Views :: Energy

...“The smart-grid program would cost the 455,000 HECO customers on average $747...."

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Panos Prevedouros: Rail, Traffic and Energy
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 2378 Views :: Energy, Rail

A conversation with Dr. Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, about traffic congestion, Honolulu rail and Hawaii's renewable energy plans....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Oahu Windfarm Proposed for Live Explosives Dumping Area
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2769 Views :: Energy, Military

"...the southeast section of the Site Area is coterminous with (has the same boundaries as) a designated explosive dumping area...."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
HB2085: Ban Sale of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:55 AM :: 3525 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the state's plan to eliminate all ground transportation that uses fossil fuels....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Morita Comes up Short in KIUC Bid
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2736 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The newly-elected board members will be inaugurated on March 22....

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
Energy Star Certification Program Promises Hawaii DoE $300M in Savings
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2630 Views :: Energy

If all 256 DOE schools replicate the first 74 campuses’ energy efficiency, the State of Hawaii could save more than $300 million over ten years....

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:34 PM :: 2515 Views :: Energy

Hawai'i is the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard for the energy sector....

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Companies report record high renewable energy use
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 2445 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics
  • Hawaii Island electricity use almost 49 percent from renewables
  • Maui County 35 percent renewables; 
  • Oahu 17 percent renewables
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Friday, March 04, 2016
Gasoline Taxes: Hawaii 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 3281 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

And Hawaii legislators are considering a gas tax hike ....

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