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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 :: 2757 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 :: 4208 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 :: 2169 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 :: 3476 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 :: 3276 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 :: 4666 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 :: 3247 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 :: 2157 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 :: 3028 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 :: 2417 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 :: 2517 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 :: 3946 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 :: 3617 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 :: 3009 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 :: 2678 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 :: 2970 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 :: 4043 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 :: 3397 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 :: 2973 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 :: 2938 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 :: 3298 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 :: 2935 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 :: 5006 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 :: 3013 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 :: 2714 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 :: 2383 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 :: 2798 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 :: 3224 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 :: 2657 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 :: 2991 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 :: 3392 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 :: 2933 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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Sunday, December 14, 2014
NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 7926 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

NextEra paid just $88 million in taxes on earnings of nearly $7 billion. That’s a tax rate of just 1.25 percent when the statutory rate is 35 percent....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
By Video @ 12:24 AM :: 3412 Views :: Energy

Deal after deal has fallen through...The Entergy Merger Failure....The Constellation Energy Merger Failure....

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Made in China Solar Panels Costly for Planet
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:02 PM :: 3529 Views :: Energy, Environment

“It takes a lot of energy to extract and process solar-grade silicon,” says co-author Seth Darling. “And in China, that energy tends to come from dirtier and less efficient energy sources...."

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Saturday, December 06, 2014
HECO Sends Six New Solar Projects for PUC Approval
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 2874 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The average price of the seven new solar projects is 14 cents per kilowatt-hour....

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
NextEra Buy May be Good for Rates, Bad for Distributed Generation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 AM :: 3026 Views :: Energy

“Florida is not known for rooftop solar. It’s known for utility scale projects,” said Leslie Cole-Brooks, executive director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association....

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Day Before Announcing Sale of Company, HECO Inks Biofuel Deal with Cronies
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 4151 Views :: Energy, Ethics

“With this new contract, Hawaiian Electric will be purchasing approximately half our production volume...."

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Hawaiian Electric Bought out by 'Nation's Largest Clean Energy Company' for $4.3B
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 4170 Views :: Energy

NextEra Energy, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which the companies have agreed to combine....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
HECO Finally Admits GEMS is a Rate Hike
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 5308 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

For over a year, Hawaiian Electric has been claiming that the "green infrastructure fee" now beginning to appear on electric bills statewide is not a rate hike....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 2635 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
“Granting temporary privileges or punishment allows Congress to fund-raise on them over and over again.”
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Monday, December 01, 2014
HECO Seeks 'Demand Response' Contractors
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 2440 Views :: Energy

...Managing their own demand in response to utility requests is another way for customers to save on their electric bills while supporting more clean energy....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Feds Pay SolarCity to Analyze HECO Distributed Generation
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 3048 Views :: Energy

...to address operational issues associated with high degrees of distributed solar penetration on electrical grids....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Omidyar 'Assumes Ownership' of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2350 Views :: Energy

The team estimates the new system will reduce electricity usage by more than all of the utility scale photovoltaic systems currently operating in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Laborers Union: Schatz, Hirono, Hanabusa, Gabbard are Cowards Pandering to Eco Nut Billionaires
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 3032 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation

Democratic leaders in Washington should put job creation ahead of the ravings of environmental wing-nuts and their deep pocketed billionaire funders....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hawaii's Largest Wind Farm Developer Sold for $2.4B
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 2406 Views :: Energy

SunEdison to become world's largest renewable energy development company....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
China-U.S. “Climate” Accord
By NCPA @ 2:06 PM :: 3136 Views :: Energy, Environment

...far-reaching energy, trade and security implications....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
UHERO: LNG Could Save Hawaii Ratepayers $800M/Year
By UHERO @ 8:18 PM :: 4557 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...to estimate the impacts of Hawaii importing LNG for use in the electric sector....

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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Moody's: Warnings of a utility "death spiral" premature
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 2685 Views :: Energy

"Distributed generation poses a threat under traditional ratemaking...."

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
How GEMS Will Drive Your Electric Bill Up
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 PM :: 4216 Views :: Energy

A $150M Hawaii subprime lending scheme is receiving an “AAA-“ rating from Fitch because repayment is guaranteed by a surcharge on your electric bill....

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