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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Maui County Report: Co-op Should Buy MECO Transmission Grid
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 3119 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 :: 3862 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 :: 2392 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 :: 3117 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 :: 2631 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 :: 2510 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 :: 2733 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 :: 4010 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 :: 3387 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 :: 4070 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 :: 3626 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 :: 2190 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 :: 3925 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 :: 2411 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 :: 2388 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 :: 3122 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 :: 2690 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 :: 2674 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 :: 2733 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 :: 3852 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 :: 2440 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 :: 2857 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 :: 3430 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 :: 3208 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 :: 3489 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 :: 3094 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 :: 2610 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 :: 4965 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 :: 2636 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 :: 2730 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 :: 2594 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 :: 2729 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 :: 3936 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 :: 2683 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 :: 2458 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 :: 2176 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 :: 2310 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 :: 3672 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 :: 3367 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 :: 2961 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 :: 3730 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 :: 3286 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 :: 2493 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 :: 2729 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 :: 2438 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 :: 4082 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 :: 2814 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 :: 2509 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 :: 2544 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 :: 4041 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

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

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