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Thursday, March 26, 2015
$150M State Loans to Finance Solar Contractor Sales to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 2753 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 :: 2841 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 :: 2856 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 :: 3328 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 :: 3320 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 :: 2443 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 :: 5159 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 :: 3405 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 :: 2781 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 :: 5328 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 :: 3209 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 :: 3319 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 :: 3368 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 :: 2774 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 :: 3114 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 :: 3173 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 :: 5803 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 :: 3421 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

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

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Another House waiver of public notice—on an important energy bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 2972 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
DCCA Nails Solar Contractor: Unlicensed Work on DoE Schools
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 4526 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...35 schools on Oahu and 15 schools on Kauai....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wind Turbine Buffer Zones: HB1384 Gets a Hearing
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2343 Views :: Energy

Should the bill pass out of CPC committee it will be heard in Finance Committee next....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Geothermal: New Zealand Company Abandons Partnership with OHA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 3722 Views :: Energy, OHA

...Expenses, including the $1.25M loan to IDG, would not be recovered....

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Monday, February 09, 2015
Solar Contractor Admits Defrauding Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 12:02 PM :: 3505 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Customers heard pitches that turned out to be false, deceptive, and misleading....

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
SEC Filing: Defective Turbines and Batteries, Secret Golden Parachutes at Hawaii Windfarms
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 4945 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...their projects “are not obligated to physically deliver electricity.”...

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
HEI 'Solution'--Remotely Shut off Your Solar Panels
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 3464 Views :: Energy

...reprogramming its Hawaiian microinverter fleet en masse, to help Hawaiian Electric....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:17 PM :: 2353 Views :: Energy

...Nebraskans pay one of the lowest rates for electricity in the nation and revenues are reinvested in infrastructure to ensure reliable and cheap service for years to come....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Forbes: Hawaii Deal Allows NextEra to Build Big Cable Without Federal Regulation
By Selected News Articles @ 10:18 PM :: 3233 Views :: Energy

...In nearly any other state, the inter-island cable project being considered in Hawaii would be subject to various federal rules and regulations designed to ensure consumers receive the benefits of robust competition....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Launches Online Tracker for Solar, Wind Approvals
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 2623 Views :: Energy

...see the status and progress of planned renewable generation projects, including customer-sited rooftop solar as well as mid-sized and utility-scale wind and solar projects....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
NextEra, HECO Formally Request PUC Approval of Merger
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 2712 Views :: Energy

Highlights of the application include a commitment to not file a request with the PUC for a general base rate increase for at least four years post-transaction close and approximately $60 million in quantified customer savings...

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Pat Saiki Reports on Republican National Committee Meeting
By Pat Saiki @ 8:01 PM :: 4384 Views :: Energy, Military, Republican Party

Senator Jeffrey Flake from Arizona, who attended BYU will keynote our evening. He knows our state, our people and our customs.  He sits on important committees in the U.S. Senate which affect our state.....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Electric Co-op for Big Island?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 3882 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy
“Both Ha and Ishibashi were reluctant to disclose who sits on the co-op steering committee.”
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Is $5 a Gallon Gas on Its Way? This Expert Thinks So
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:35 AM :: 3288 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“The next round of high prices is likely to start later this year, as crude rebounds to the $80s and $90s, perhaps pushing to the $100 level by late in the year or early next.”

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Rep Thielen: HB1, 2, 3 Take Aim at NextEra Merger
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 6:58 PM :: 2902 Views :: Energy

“It is critically important to address energy concerns and propose effective local solutions this legislative year because of HECO's acquisition offer from Florida-based company, NextEra,” said Rep. Thielen....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Up to $1.2 Billion Electricity Savings for Hawaii After Oil Prices Plummet
By UHERO @ 11:02 AM :: 3232 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...if prices stay this low, it will take up to four months before electricity prices fully reflect the drop in oil prices....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
KIUC Buys Batteries from Company Behind Kahuku Windfarm Fire and Surprisingly it is a Disaster
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 PM :: 4313 Views :: Energy

Power fluctuations from a first large plant installed in 2012 have already largely burned out the big batteries....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
HECO Plan Rewards Solar Contractors, Cuts Payments to Solar Consumers
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 3694 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Any program changes from this proposal would apply only to new customers....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Parker Ranch sells rights to NextEra to Build Giant Windfarm
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 3253 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

This agreement provides NextEra Energy Resources with long-term access rights to PRFT lands to develop renewable energy derived from PRFT's wind resources....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Dropping Oil Prices Boost Hawaii's Economy
By UHERO @ 2:30 AM :: 3238 Views :: Energy, Economy

The drop in crude oil prices from $112/ barrel in June of 2014 to $46/barrel today will, if sustained, provide a nice boost to Hawaii’s economy....

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Ige Names Doug Chin AG, Randy Iwase PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 3569 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Doug Chin is former managing director for the City and County of Honolulu.  Randy Iwase was Supervising Deputy Attorney General whose division provided legal counsel to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Public Utilities Commission....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii PUC chairwoman resigns powerful position
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:05 PM :: 3203 Views :: Energy, Ethics

State land records show the couple illegally built two bed and breakfast units and operated the lucrative business for more than a decade in a conservation district in Hanalei....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 5579 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Mina Morita Out as PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 3272 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

She previously told PBN that she would like to continue as chair....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
NextEra Merger Timeline: Interest in Hawaiian Electric Began in 2011 With Big Cable
By News Release @ 11:34 AM :: 2895 Views :: Energy

The board of directors and management of NEE became more familiar with HEI through NEE’s involvement with energy projects in Hawaii in 2011....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
PV in Hawaii 2014: The Roller Coaster Ride
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 AM :: 2564 Views :: Energy

A Hawaii solar state of the union from Marco Mangelsdorf....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Big Cable is NextEra's 'Biggest Proposal'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 2993 Views :: Energy

"...its biggest proposal in the Aloha state is a $600 million cable project...."

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Big Wind: NextEra, Sierra Club Team up for Corporate Welfare
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 3503 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the production tax credit (PTC) gives wind companies 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they produce....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Full Text: Stockholder Suit Challenges HECO-NextEra Merger
By Andrew Walden @ 12:50 AM :: 2861 Views :: Energy

There are at least two class action suits filed against the HEI-NextEra merger....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Senator Calls on Feds to Block Electric 'Fixed Fees'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3286 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, its power company is trying to get a $55 fixed monthly charge, which is double its current fee....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Congressmen Put Heat on ‘Deceptive’ Rooftop Solar Leases
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:32 PM :: 3617 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...leasing solar panels from a third party may be a harmful investment for homeowners....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
National Academy of Sciences: Electric Cars Make Air Dirtier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 PM :: 3201 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The study examines environmental costs for cars' entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries....

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