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Thursday, March 03, 2016
Waste Management: Millions for Company Tied to OHA Chair Pass House Finance on Three Minutes Notice
By Andrew Walden @ 11:24 PM :: 4737 Views :: Energy, OHA

...HB2607HD1 authorizes Special Purpose Revenue Bond money to “PQ Energy, LLC”.  The amount is not filled in but was originally listed as $63M....

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
Big Island Rolling Blackouts Caused by Lack of Wind
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 3422 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...wind resources are presently at zero...."

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hawaii Gasoline Prices #1 in USA—$0.24 Higher Than California
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 2781 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The nation’s least expensive markets for gas are Oklahoma ($1.42), Missouri ($1.46) and Kansas ($1.47)....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
HECO: LNG is Cleaner, Cheaper Energy Alternative
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 2443 Views :: Energy

...modern fast starting, quick ramping generators are needed to balance the variability of solar and wind power....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki? Ige Flies to NYC, DC for Meetings
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 2976 Views :: Energy, Homelessness

"...regarding offshore renewable energy opportunities in Hawai‘i...."

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Hawaii Joins 17-State Expensive Energy Pact After SCOTUS Stay
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 3649 Views :: Energy

...and what are the other 33 states doing?  They are keeping their electricity cheap....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Jones Act Exemption, LNG Imports Key to Puerto Rico Recovery
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 2950 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act is the single most important step Congress can take....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
UHERO: Recent Trends in Hawaii's Green Economy: Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resource Management
By UHERO @ 5:55 PM :: 3923 Views :: Energy, Agriculture, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...three sectors that are key to future sustainability in Hawai‘i - energy, agriculture and natural resource management....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coop Proposes Alternative Power Generation Plan for Big Island
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3133 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"By building on the successes achieved by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to integrate high levels of cost-effective solar PV into the grid...."

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Monday, February 08, 2016
Are Electric Cars Really Green?
By Video @ 2:09 PM :: 3107 Views :: Energy, Environment
Are electric cars greener than conventional gasoline cars?
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Sunday, February 07, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3282 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Army announces decision on ‘biofuel-capable’ diesel electric plant
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 2387 Views :: Energy, Military

"Implementation of the selected action will not result in significant impacts."

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
On Peak Solar Days, Kauai Momentarily Hits 90% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 2995 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

In January, renewable resources met an average of 77 percent of Kaua‘i’s energy demand during the peak solar hours, spiking to 90 percent on four separate days....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Latest Solar Scam: Kauai Coop Warns Consumers
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 2319 Views :: Energy

Solar leases and no-money-down contracts can lock homeowners into making payments for years, sometimes for more than the average monthly electric bill without solar....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 2766 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:10 PM :: 2818 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Friday, February 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Hawaii Business Roundtable Announces Support for NextEra Energy and HEI Merger
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 2185 Views :: Energy

"We are...acutely aware of the burden high electricity rates place on both the cost of doing business and living in Hawaii"

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The DoD Biofuel Scam Is Worse Than Solyndra
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 AM :: 2851 Views :: Energy, Military

...hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
GEMS: Electric Ratepayers Pay Millions for Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 4238 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

By the year's end, the utility will need to collect $7,940,691.56 more to fulfill "revenue requirements" for GEMS....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
LNG could save Oahu gas utility customers more than 25 percent
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2046 Views :: Energy

The LNG project requires federal approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and State approval from the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission (PUC)....

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Maui County Report: Co-op Should Buy MECO Transmission Grid
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 2836 Views :: Maui County, Energy

There would be little physical infrastructure that would need to change hands, and as such the capital costs for this approach are relatively low....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Jones Act, LNG at Center of Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 12:53 PM :: 3443 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

Cong Perluisi stated there “. . . . are eight constructive steps the federal government could take,” including the need to “update the Existing Jones Act LNG and LPG Exemption in Puerto Rico” ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1524: Obama Opens Door to Home Energy Project Loans
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 8:45 PM :: 2154 Views :: Energy

...the loan would be repaid through revenues generated by a special assessment on the borrowers' real-property tax bills....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1170: Geothermal Fast-track, part two
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 2802 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The legislative session has yet to even begin, and House leaders are already poised to fast-track a set of blanket exemptions for power producers....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hawaii DoE: $48M Annual Electric Bill is STEM Learning Opportunity
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 2314 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"...students will learn core principles of science and will see the relevance of community initiatives, such as moving to solar energy, limiting waste, encouraging recycling and reducing water usage with low-flow toilets...."

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016
UHERO: Status Update on Federal GHG Emissions Reduction Policy for Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:16 PM :: 2260 Views :: Energy

Under the CPP, states have been given the choice of meeting either a rate- or mass-based goal for their existing fleet of power plants....

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Saturday, January 02, 2016
AAA Hawaii: Lower 2015 Gasoline Prices Save Drivers $400
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 2420 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Be sure to thank the frackers ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 3580 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Lifting US Oil Export Ban could substantially change Jones Act dynamics
By Michael Hansen @ 1:21 PM :: 3044 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
“This [Jones Act] market did receive a boost from the coastwise transportation of crude oil in the past, but these movements, which already declined significantly in 2015, may disappear altogether....
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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3703 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Fake Energy Savings? Airport Division Lets Contractor Write its own Check for 20 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:40 PM :: 3331 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Don't worry.  It's only a $500M contract....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Report: Hawaii at 21.2% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 1966 Views :: Energy

.. but since 100% renewable doesn't really mean 100% renewable, what does 21.2% renewable mean? ...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative would deliver transformation better, faster and cheaper
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 3482 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

Big Island customers could save as much as $113 million on the existing HELCO rate base and up to $234 million including investments to modernize the grid over a four-year period....

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Sunday, December 06, 2015
KIUC Nominating Committee Selects 5 Candidates for Board Election
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 2198 Views :: Energy

Former Hawaii PUC chair Morita vies for Kauai utility board seat....

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Friday, December 04, 2015
Fitch: We Anticipate Successful NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 2170 Views :: Energy

Fitch has maintained Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI, IDR 'BBB') on Rating Watch Positive. Fitch expects to resolve the Rating Watch on the conclusion of the merger transaction with NextEra Energy, Inc....

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Thursday, December 03, 2015
“Green McCarthyism”--A leading solar advocacy group is drawing criticism from its own industry
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 2837 Views :: Energy, Ethics

TASC’s efforts in defense of NEM in Hawaii have incurred a similar response....

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
NextEra to build, own and operate solar energy systems for Navy in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 2376 Views :: Energy, Military

17 megawatts of solar facilities on three separate military installations on Oahu....

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
“Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?” (video)
By Video @ 2:32 PM :: 2429 Views :: Energy

Henry Curtis is Executive Director & Vice President at Life of the Land Hawaii, a Hawaii-based, Hawaii-focused environmental and community action group founded in 1970....

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
As PUC Hearings Begin, NextEra Touts Old-Boy Network of Supporters
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2502 Views :: Energy

More Than 25 Organizations and Companies Across Hawaii....

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Monday, November 23, 2015
DHHL Approves NextEra Windfarm on Maui
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 3455 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Energy

...500 acres of land on the southern flank of Haleakala for wind power generation....

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Solar Schemers Deploy Poll Results
By News Release @ 12:36 PM :: 2207 Views :: Energy

97% of poll respondents support more rooftop solar....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Offshore? Let Wind and Solar Energy Subsides Expire
By NCPA @ 12:55 PM :: 2599 Views :: Energy

Offshore wind is 2.6 times more expensive as onshore wind power and is 3.4 times more expensive than power produced by a natural gas combined cycle plant....

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
How energy prices are elevated by the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 4:21 PM :: 3103 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Hawaii-West Coast products deliveries have to be done by costly Jones Act tankers....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
‘Time of Use’ Rates to top out at $0.479 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2932 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential time-of-use rates would be most beneficial for customers who are able to use more electricity during the middle of the day until 4 p.m....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
How Do You Design an Electric Train without Considering the Electricity?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:02 AM :: 3171 Views :: Energy, Rail

...what will the train’s power bill be for decades to come?....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
HECO: 'Time of Use' Rate Hike Coming
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 2757 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A rate that is higher -- above the existing energy charge rate -- from 4 p.m. to midnight (on-peak hours)....

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Monday, November 09, 2015
Hawaii Ends Expensive Net Metering Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 2390 Views :: Energy

instead of getting credited for the full retail rate for the energy they produce, customers will be credited for a fixed rate between 15 cents and 28 cents per kilowatt-hour, depending on the island....

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Sunday, November 08, 2015
Biofuel Shell Game: How Giant Diesel Plant Became part of Hawaii's 'Clean' Energy Future
By Andrew Walden @ 7:33 PM :: 4531 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

Here's the trick.  The 'second' biofuel plant will soon be the 'only' biofuel plant....

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Saturday, November 07, 2015
UHERO: Research Driven Energy Policy
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 2423 Views :: Energy

Take, for example, public discussion surrounding the potential merger of HECO and NextEra....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Solar Industry Fights Weakening of Hawaii Law
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 2487 Views :: Energy

PUC Chairman Randy Iwase seems confident that the ruling will stand....

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