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Monday, November 23, 2015
DHHL Approves NextEra Windfarm on Maui
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 3693 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 :: 2345 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 :: 2745 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 :: 3288 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 :: 3097 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 :: 3361 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 :: 2946 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 :: 2516 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 :: 4784 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 :: 2555 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 :: 2626 Views :: Energy

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

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Does PV Add Home Value?
By UHERO @ 1:15 PM :: 2502 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 :: 2584 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 :: 3829 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 :: 2594 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 :: 2357 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 :: 2087 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 :: 2216 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 :: 3533 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 :: 3219 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 :: 2855 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 :: 3608 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 :: 3191 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 :: 2390 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 :: 2639 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 :: 2342 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 :: 3954 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 :: 2672 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 :: 2418 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 :: 2448 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 :: 3858 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 :: 2635 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 :: 2807 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 :: 2621 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 :: 2949 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 :: 3680 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 :: 2647 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 :: 4053 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 :: 3282 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 :: 3271 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 :: 2325 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 :: 2502 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 :: 2846 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 :: 3090 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 :: 2885 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 :: 2423 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 :: 2916 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 :: 4259 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 :: 2930 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 :: 3074 Views :: Energy

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

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