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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Does PV Add Home Value?
By UHERO @ 1:15 PM :: 2360 Views :: Energy

...PV already installed on a home is worth about $4,000 more than the median value of a PV permit....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Union Reverses Itself: Now Backs NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 2396 Views :: Energy, Labor

...they came to a written agreement that meets the needs of current and future members of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ bargaining unit and strongly adheres to the core values of the IBEW....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Schatz, Abercrombie Secretly Organized NextEra Merger Proposal
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 3666 Views :: Energy, Ethics

NextEra reported that long-time Abercrombie confidant, Senator Brian Schatz and aide Josh Handleman, had a meeting on April 7, 2014 at NextEra Energy Headquarters in Juno Beach, Florida....

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Party's Over: PUC Ends Solar NEM Effective Immediately
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 2472 Views :: Energy

Customers with a current NEM agreement and those with valid pending applications submitted prior to Oct. 13, 2015 will continue under the NEM program....

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Sunday, October 04, 2015
Ways to Own a Utility
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2198 Views :: Energy

...politicians have thrown out alternative ownership models for the transaction....

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Saturday, October 03, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Companies propose new community based renewable energy program
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 1955 Views :: Energy

...allow customers to buy an interest in electricity generated by community renewable projects in diverse locations on their home islands without installing anything on their own roofs....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Hilo: Testimony Runs 10-1 Against NextEra
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 2074 Views :: Energy

There were at least 250 people there....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Electric Rates: Hawaii 90% Higher Than #2 State
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 3327 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...customers in deregulated states and areas can shop around for electric plans....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
KIUC Offers Daytime Electric Discount--25% Off
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 3034 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The program will offer a 25 percent discount on standard electric rates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s a reduction of about 8 cents from the September kilowatt hour rate of 31 cents....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Hawaii's Largest Windfarm Developer Investigated for Self-Dealing
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2705 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...whether SunEdison abused its position as the controlling shareholder of TerraForm in order to advance its own interests at the expense of TerraForm and its minority shareholders....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
Kahuku Windfarm Batteries Fail Before They Are Installed
By Andrew Walden @ 2:28 PM :: 3426 Views :: Energy
Will they now seek out a new battery scheme to funnel more Hawaii taxpayer dollars?
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Saturday, September 12, 2015
Hawaii Learning Pitfalls of renewable energy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 AM :: 3057 Views :: Energy

In 2014, the utility company’s non-solar customers paid an extra $53 million in operating and maintenance costs because of residents adding rooftop solar systems....

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
NextEra, Hawaiian Electric Clear Another Hurdle
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 2253 Views :: Energy

...the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission confirmed the companies' view that the merger presents no likelihood of potential anticompetitive effects in Hawai'i....

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Sunday, September 06, 2015
What Should We Be Asking of the HECO Merger?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2499 Views :: Energy

...let’s look at the tax-related conditions that are being proposed....

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Saturday, September 05, 2015
Drillers Unleash 'Super-Size' Natural Gas Output
By NCPA @ 10:25 AM :: 2219 Views :: Energy

...the era of low American natural gas prices could extend for decades....

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Friday, September 04, 2015
Auditor: DoTax allows $2B in Tax Credits Without Checking
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:55 PM :: 3752 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...in 2012, we reported that the State had issued and was responsible for reimbursing nearly $1 billion in tax credits; however, approximately three years later, we found that this obligation has nearly doubled, to almost $2 billion....

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Friday, September 04, 2015
Report: Hawaii 1st in solar energy per capita
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 2503 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Lighting the Way III: The Top States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2014....

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Friday, September 04, 2015
Ward: Coop Does not Mean Lower Rates
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:28 PM :: 2293 Views :: Energy

"The only model we have in Hawaii is Kauai Island Utility and its rates are among the highest in the State and nation."

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Friday, September 04, 2015
Lawmakers Call for Exploration of Publicly Owned Utilities for Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:19 AM :: 2292 Views :: Energy

...more than forty state and county leaders representing all islands -- including Democrats, Republicans, and Independents....

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Thursday, September 03, 2015
Honolulu Recycling Plan Needs Revisions
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:26 AM :: 3626 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

Paper and cardboard should go to H-Power....

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Big Solar's Subsidy Bubble
By NCPA @ 9:40 PM :: 2477 Views :: Energy

...four Democrats from solar-rich states, have voiced concern that solar installation companies are engaging in deceptive marketing in order to attract new customers....

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Maui Hires Consultant to Study Utility Takeover Options
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2641 Views :: Maui County, Energy
“...options analysis of the alternative forms of ownership and the alternative utility business models for Maui County’s electric utility company....”
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Full Text: NextEra Makes its Case for Merger
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 2478 Views :: Energy

"NextEra Energy Commits to Keeping Hawaiian Electric Locally Managed"

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Moody's Downgrade: Is Ige's LNG Edict a Poison Pill Defense?
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 2790 Views :: Energy

...Ige's LNG Edict was delivered August 24--three days after this ratings outlook from Moody's....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Forbes: Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
By NCPA @ 4:17 PM :: 3446 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction thanks to the increased use of natural gas obtained through fracking....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Full Text: Ige Speech Renouncing LNG
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2519 Views :: Energy

...if oil prices rise dramatically in the coming years, some will say why didn’t we invest in LNG....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Smoke-Belching 'Biomass' Project Tops Hawaii 'Clean' Energy Leaderboard
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 3810 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hu Honua is #1 ....

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Saturday, August 22, 2015
Federal Judge Orders EIS for Windfarms
By NCPA @ 4:19 PM :: 3098 Views :: Energy, Environment

The judge determined that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued 30 year permits to wind-energy companies without first conducting an environmental-impact assessment....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Light Wind, Worthless Windfarms Leave Oahu at Risk for Blackouts
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 3074 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...light winds have limited production from the two wind farms on the North Shore....

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Renewables Offer No Bang for Your Megawatt
By NCPA @ 1:28 PM :: 2191 Views :: Energy

...renewables have a low capacity factor because their power sources are dependent on the elements....

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Monday, August 10, 2015
State Consumer Advocate Recommends Rejecting NextEra-HECO Merger
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 2391 Views :: Energy

Calls Purported Benefits Illusory and Inadequate....

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
Public Hearings Set for NextEra Merger
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 2707 Views :: Energy

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has set formal evidentiary hearings and public listening sessions on NextEra Energy Inc.’s $4.3 billion acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Co., according to public documents....

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
HECO Uses Electric Vehicles to Introduce Time-of-Use Rates
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 2914 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...at home using electricity from the grid will be most expensive during peak electricity demand from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.....

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Monday, August 03, 2015
Obama Announces Carbon Emission Standards for Power Plants
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 2697 Views :: Energy, Environment

All low-carbon electricity generation technologies, including renewables, energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, can play a role in state plans....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Study Suggest ‘Regressive’ Gas Tax Hike for Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 2265 Views :: Energy

...an economic study for commissioned by the state recommends Hawaii raise taxes on gasoline by $.85 per gallon....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Senators Try to Separate Jones Act, Oil Export Ban
By Michael Hansen @ 11:31 PM :: 2738 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
"Century-old law looms as hurdle for exports push"
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Clean Energy Fail: While Most States Clean Up, Hawaii CO2 Emissions Rise Since '08
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 4061 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...What matters is whether the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is delivering the CO2 reductions which for many justify the increased expense.  The answer is no.....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
FULL TEXT: Ige Administration Testimony Against NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 2799 Views :: Energy
“The state respectfully opposes the merger in its current form because it fails to align with the state’s renewable energy goals.”
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Renewables Losing Support Worldwide
By Jack Dini @ 1:35 PM :: 2912 Views :: Energy

2015 may go down in the books as the year support for renewable energy died....

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Monday, July 20, 2015
UHERO: Decoupling Socks Electric Ratepayers with Soaring Fixed Costs
By UHERO @ 9:18 PM :: 3872 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential customers now pay roughly $0.17/kWh for fixed costs....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Clean Energy? Kicking Hawaii Consumers When They're Already Down
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:53 PM :: 2887 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...fuel taxes are "highly regressive," meaning that they hurt the poor the most....

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Paniolo Power to Withdraw from Merger Docket
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 2985 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...will instead concentrate on the PUC's pending Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) docket, which is better suited to address transformational planning issues...."

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Nearly 70K Solar Systems Approved in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 2614 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Since October, 2014 more than 15,000 applications have been approved to install or interconnect....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hawaiian Electric proposes community solar pilot project
By News Release @ 10:52 AM :: 2191 Views :: Energy

Each month, this customer will receive credit for a share of the electricity output of the community solar facility and pay a small maintenance fee, in total reducing the customer’s electric bill by about 45 percent....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Solar Scammers Hustle Homeowners on Kauai
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 3470 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Ethics

KIUC has also heard complaints from members who are now paying more for their rooftop solar than their previous electric bill....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
It's time to end net energy metering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 AM :: 3715 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the threat of losing NEM has led some in the PV industry down the path of hyperbole, exaggeration and self-interested fear-mongering....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Consumer Energy Expenses--Hawaii Ranks 28th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 2786 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The average monthly consumption of electricity per housing unit in Louisiana is triple that in Hawaii....

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4155 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes
Our government is supposed to be studying how to produce clean energy, not how to milk the public!
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Thursday, July 09, 2015
US Manufacturing Costs to Fall Below China
By NCPA @ 1:39 PM :: 3092 Views :: Energy, National News

Rising wages in China and increased industrial productivity in the United States contributed to that trend, but the report cited hydraulic fracturing as the primary reason for the shift in costs....

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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hawaii 100% Renewable Energy Mandate a Blank Check for Rate Hikes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 4451 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

For example, the Aina Koa Pono project....

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