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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"Zero Emission Vehicles" Are Not Emission Free
By NCPA @ 2:25 PM :: 2994 Views :: Energy, Environment

...electric vehicles generate a negative environmental benefit of about -0.5 cents per mile relative to comparable gasoline vehicles....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Proposes Higher Solar Price Structure
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2635 Views :: Energy

...At the end of 2014, customers were annually shifting an estimated $53 million, an increase of $15 million over the 2013 estimated total of $38 million....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ige 'On National Stage' Faking It -- Touts 7 solar farms blocked by HECO, PUC
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 2522 Views :: Energy
“All [of these projects] will generate energy below what we pay to generate energy using oil,” he said.  (Except for one problem--they aren't going to be built.)
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Monday, June 22, 2015
Ige in DC to Teach Feds How to use Green Energy Hype to Jack Up Rates, Taxes
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 2288 Views :: Energy

...Ige will join other elected officials and business leaders for the Washington Post’s “Powering Cities” forum on Tuesday, June 23...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
$418M 'Clean Energy' Tax Hike: Fewer flights and fewer visitors to Hawaii would be expected
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 PM :: 6342 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism, Cost of Living

...it is OK that their plan would gut the tourism industry because it would also drive Hawaii's cost of living up to the point where residents could no longer afford to leave....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Escape Hatch in 100% Renewable Bill Signed into Law
By Selected News Articles @ 8:01 PM :: 2619 Views :: Energy

...it does not specify any penalties. It also outlines broad reasons the requirements may be waived....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
NextEra Behind Bogus Windfarm Tax Credit Study
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 3442 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...federal subsidies to wind power do not create investment out of nowhere; they simply distort the relative cost of producing wind energy, shifting investments from other sectors of the economy to wind projects....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Kahuku Windfarm Draft EIS: 21 Years of Death for Shearwater, Nene, Hoary Bat and more
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 3995 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

The applicant is requesting an ITP to authorize take of one threatened and six endangered species....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Carbon Tax Charade
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 AM :: 2959 Views :: Energy, Environment

Many fossil fuel producers will benefit, while the poor—and the economy—will suffer....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Shareholders Finally Approve NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 2255 Views :: Energy

...one more organ of old-boy power is dissolved into corporate America....

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Ige Signs Bill Setting 100% Renewable Energy Goal
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 2725 Views :: Energy

...directing the state’s utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045....

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Sunday, June 07, 2015
UHERO Electric Vehicle Forecast for Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:57 PM :: 2746 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii-specific EV and car sales data to provide a preliminary forecast of potential EV adoption in Hawaii....

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Saturday, June 06, 2015
Maui County Meets with Municipal Utility Operators
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 2530 Views :: Energy

In order to further explore the possibility of Maui County running its own power utility....

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Thursday, June 04, 2015
How Corn Ethanol Is Worse For Climate Change Than The Keystone Pipeline
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 AM :: 3291 Views :: Energy, Environment

...last year’s production and use of 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol resulted in 27 million tons more carbon emissions than if Americans had used straight gasoline in their vehicles....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Deja vu: Offshore wind plan vs. whales and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 4317 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

Today’s newspaper front page reports on an offshore wind energy proposal that brings back memories of a similar plan way back in 2008....

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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Kouchi, Ige United for ... Azerbaijan?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:23 AM :: 3755 Views :: Energy, Ethics
Arm in arm with Kouchi appears to be one of the Gulenists' two Ozkur Yildizes featured in our 2011 article, "Did Sen Mike Gabbard get hoaxed by fake Turkic President?"
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Rusting Windfarm Junk off Waikiki: Europe's Disaster Coming to Hawaiian Waters
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 PM :: 7702 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Tourism
“The Southern area will be visible from Waikiki beach....  The eastern area is equally visible from the southeastern part of Oahu and will be part of the sunrise...."
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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wind and Solar Facilities Face No Consequences for Killing Millions of Birds
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 2808 Views :: Energy, Environment

On December 9, 2013, the Obama Administration finalized a regulation allowing wind energy companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Merger Vote Comes up Short, Hawaiian Electric Extends Deadline
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 2781 Views :: Energy

The merger agreement requires 75% approval by shareholders, so far it only has 70% approval....

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Powerwall or Powerdream?
By NCPA @ 6:37 PM :: 2347 Views :: Energy

...it would take over 7 years before the savings would cover the cost of the Powerwall....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
KIUC: Solar Contractors Selling Systems Which Cost More than Electric Bill
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 4084 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

Before signing a long-term lease, ask yourself some questions....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Your Electric Bill is Higher than you Think
By NCPA @ 2:27 PM :: 3161 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Consumers pay for electricity twice: once through monthly electricity bills and a second time through taxes that finance subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sen Murkowski: An Effort to Look at Jones Act, Energy Exports
By Michael Hansen @ 3:44 AM :: 3524 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

"I don't think we should get all agitated and upset when there's an effort to look at the Jones Act," Murkowski said....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Final Act 221: Hoku Plant Cut Up, Pieces Auctioned off
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 3925 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Built with your tax dollars, via crony capitalist Act 221 High Tech Tax Credits, Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
PBS Video: Gridlocked by the power grid: Hawaii's Solar Industry
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 2554 Views :: Energy

NewsHour special correspondent Mike Taibbi reports....

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Saturday, April 04, 2015
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Secretly Killed
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 2592 Views :: Energy

Unknown to perhaps everyone at the time, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) Energy Agreement died in September of last year....

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
PUC: Decoupling Boosts Electric Rates--'Adjust Revenue' up by 229% 'Without Review'
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3987 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Since decoupling, total 'baseline expenditures' increased 229%--from $161M to $368M....

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
MIT: Scientific illiteracy in left-wing politics
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 AM :: 4563 Views :: Energy, Environment, GMOs

...in blue states like Vermont, Oregon, Maine, Hawaii, and Washington....

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Feds Approve NextEra-HEI Merger
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 2525 Views :: Energy

The transaction remains subject to approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Hawaii Electric Car Charging Costs More Than Gasoline for 33 MPG Car
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3374 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Lawsuit: Puna Geothermal Plant at Center of $122M Federal Grant Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 PM :: 4313 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Video: Cynthia Thielen, Robert Harris Discuss NextEra Merger
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:42 AM :: 2251 Views :: Energy

Representative Cynthia Thielen discusses NextEra Energy with Robert Harris, who has joined the Hawaii office of Sunrun....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
$150M State Loans to Finance Solar Contractor Sales to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 2551 Views :: Energy

Nonprofits will be able to use GEMS financing to prepay a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a PV system that will fix their electricity costs for 20 years....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
NextEra, HEI to Host Informational Meetings Statewide
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2636 Views :: Energy

...April 7 through April 16 on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Ethanol: Boaters Need to Speak Up Now
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 2666 Views :: Energy

...Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Feds Will Decide on Hawaii Offshore Wind Projects
By News Release @ 3:11 AM :: 3051 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy
"The Energy Policy Act of 2005 granted BOEM authority to issue leases for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which begins 3 nautical miles offshore the islands of Hawaii."
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
HB1471: Barreling the Poor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3035 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...if HB1471 passes we are looking at a total tax of $53.2 million, which is an increase of about 25%....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ethanol Requirement Costs Consumers, Provides no Environmental Benefit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 2252 Views :: Energy

...SB 717 will repeal the requirement that gasoline sold in the state for use in motor vehicles be composed of 10% ethanol....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Former Employees Sue Ormat: Geothermal Firm Lied to Get Stimulus Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 4849 Views :: Energy, Ethics

“To date Ormat has received at least $136,791,964.00 in 1603 payments through fraudulent and/or false 1603 grant applications....”

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hawaii: The Place for "Really Crazy" Energy Ideas
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 3135 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Plenty of issues remain to be addres­sed, not least the safety implications of having kites weighing more than a tonne flying around on cables up to 310m long....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
$1.9 Billion: NextEra is the #2 Recipient of US Corporate Welfare
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 AM :: 2599 Views :: Energy

... a provision in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Section 1603) allows companies to receive cash payments in lieu of tax credits for the installation of renewable energy properties ....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Hawaii's Future: How 'Schedule Q' Makes Solar System Owners Pay for Electricity Again
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 5018 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

... Schedule Q pays the “avoided cost” of oil ....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Demand: NextEra Eat Cost of HEI's Disused Oil Plants
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2950 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy
“What portion of the potentially stranded assets should be borne by shareholders? Why should the ratepayers be responsible for all of these costs?”
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Sunday, March 08, 2015
WSJ: Jones Act Biggest Danger to US Oil Production
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 3011 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

It costs $2 a barrel to ship Texas crude to Europe or Asia and $7 to ship it to Philadelphia....

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Video: Rep Thielen Questions NextEra on Big Cable
By Video @ 8:22 PM :: 3119 Views :: Maui County, Energy

...HB1468 Removes the authorization granted to the public utilities commission to establish an interisland high-voltage electric transmission cable....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HECO Denies Solar Contractors' Blockade Claim
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 2578 Views :: Energy

Contrary to some reports, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are continuing to accept solar photovoltaic (PV) applications....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
HELCO selects Ormat to provide an additional 25MW of geothermal energy
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 2844 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

The next step in the process is to begin contract negotiations with Ormat, with an agreement to be submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
SB358: Green Energy Scammers Push Legislators to Tax Natural Gas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 2920 Views :: Energy, Taxes

Under SB358, gas will be taxed more heavily than oil....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
State-backed Loans: $89M to Companies Tied to OHA Chair Robert Lindsey
By Andrew Walden @ 8:08 PM :: 5410 Views :: Energy, Agriculture, OHA

If approved, Hawaii taxpayers could find themselves providing $44M in loan guarantees to an Indian company's jet fuel deal in England....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Big Island Group Proposes Electric Co-Op
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

Local, democratic control over the island’s energy infrastructure....

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