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Thursday, February 29, 2024
​Major Energy Companies Ask SCOTUS To Intervene In Hawaii Climate Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 239 Views :: Energy, Environment, Judiciary

... The Supreme Court previously declined energy companies’ request to consider whether the claims should be heard in federal court ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 560 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hawaiian Electric 2023 Annual report: Still profitable except for Lahaina Litigation
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1043 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric is still profitable, unless litigation losses wipe company out ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Big Island: Low Winds Lead to Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 1243 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... Wind resources are forecast to be zero ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 1146 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1247 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... On Thursday, February 8, the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will take up three measures aimed at reducing the financial burden for Hawaiʻi's residents ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 1177 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric blamed reduced solar and wind power as a partial cause of the blackouts ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Maui 'Renewable' Power Plant--Surprise, its Diesel!
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1231 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Biofuel power plant technology is identical to diesel.  When nobody is looking, the plant will switch to diesel, thus saving ratepayers a bundle.  Hawaiian Electric has already done this at least twice ....

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Friday, February 2, 2024
HECO: Blackouts This Weekend Will be Longer than Usual Thanks to New Policy
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 1143 Views :: Energy

"Due to our enhanced wildfire safety protocols, outages in areas designated by the state as at-risk for wildfires may experience longer outages."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1004 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
HECO New Welcome Home Rate: $0.62 per kwh
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1563 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Have a day job?  You are sooo screwed ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Eco-Lawyers to Sue Hawaiian Electric Because Birds Hit Power Lines?
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 957 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... possible litigation challenging harm to imperiled Hawaiian seabirds caused by power lines and streetlights on Maui and Lāna‘i ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
Hawaii offers a case study on the inadequacies of wind and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 PM :: 1250 Views :: Energy, Environment

... weather-dependent wind and solar reliability issues are becoming more pronounced ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time to ask ‘tough questions’ about state energy policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:54 AM :: 1099 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Are rolling blackouts going to be Hawaii’s “new normal”?  ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
State De-Carbonization Report Debunked
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 1093 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the report presents “aggressive scenarios of emission-reduction targets that will be incredibly challenging" ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:35 PM :: 1279 Views :: Energy, Environment

... If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Oahu Rolling Blackouts Caused by Coal Plant Closure
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 1161 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... In 2020, the Legislature passed a bill that banned coal powered energy production in the State by 2023 ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Giant Tesla Battery system comes online, speeding Hawaii's transition to rolling blackouts
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 1952 Views :: Energy

... KES began operating in mid-December.  They are announcing it now, just after the first round of rolling blackouts.  And, yes, this is an ‘Only in Hawaii’ project.  You know how those go. ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Rolling Blackout Hits Within Days After Kapolei Battery Farm Goes Online
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 1903 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

"...due to heavy cloud cover and rainy conditions across the island, production from solar energy systems has been reduced and battery energy storage systems could not charge...."

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Hawaiian Environmental Activists and Greenpeace USA Protest Deep Sea Mining Ship
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 2184 Views :: Energy, Environment

... "500 Mines Needed" to Make Green Energy Possible ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Kauai: Eco Lawyers Block Green Energy Project
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 1323 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Environment

... Delays caused by lawsuits filed by Earthjustice have resulted in critical project deadlines being missed ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
New Oil Burner: HECO to Repower 76-Year Old Waiau Plant
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 1063 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

..."The proposed repowering of the Waiau facility will be the largest generation project in Hawaiian Electric’s 132-year history."  It will run on oil, but read on to see how HECO conceals this fact....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
HECO 'Clean' Energy: Biodiesel and Batteries
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1154 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric will begin contract negotiations with the developers of 15 renewable energy projects on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Hawaii has the highest electricity prices in the U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1236 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... An analysis of average electricity prices by state shows Hawaii is easily the most expensive at 30.31 cents per kilowatt ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
EPA Completes Removal of Hazardous Materials Following Wildfires on Maui
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 942 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Removed batteries from 94 electric and hybrid vehicles and decommissioned 274 power walls in homes and businesses. Two containers with more than 30 tons of decommissioned battery material were shipped off the island ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Kauai: 8% Electric Rate Hike for KIUC
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1125 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is only the second time in KIUC’s 20-year history – and the first time in 12 years – that a rate increase was sought ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
China Could Play Major Role in Drafting New Regulations for Seabed Mining, Says U.N. Official
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 942 Views :: Energy, Environment, Military

“...China is the largest financial contributor....”

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Maui: Another Solar Project Collapses
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 186 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Of 5 solar projects approved on Maui since 2018, only 1 is being built ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
HECO Evening Rates to Double under 'Shift and Save' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1561 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... when you come home from work, you will be paying 52 cents per kilowatt-hour on Oahu, and 62 cents per kilowatt-hour on the Big Island ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
"500 Mines Needed" to Make Green Energy Possible
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1904 Views :: Energy, Environment

... GreenPeace Attacks Mining Research Ship East of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, November 25, 2023
UH Assessing Hawaiʻi’s Geothermal Potential
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 1396 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the state’s lone geothermal plant on Hawaiʻi Island produces five times the amount of electricity as one of the state’s largest solar farms, while requiring 80% less land area ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
The Lahaina Recovery Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1281 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Claimants who want a distribution from the fund agree not to sue the fund contributors ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Audio Reveals HECO Informing Maui PD Lahaina Power is Off
By Audio @ 7:23 PM :: 3208 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Police

“The BBC obtained audio of a conversation between Maui police and Hawaiian Electric in which the power company confirms that power has been turned off in the town of Lahaina.”

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: HECO Drops $75M to Buy Off Plaintiffs
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 1658 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Those who choose to participate will waive their ability to get compensated again through litigation related to associated claims ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Handling Lawsuit Against Oil Companies Calls Climate Change An ‘Existential Threat’
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2081 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this week that Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies can proceed to trial ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
HECO Finally Gets Around to Announcing Wildfire Safety Strategy
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1495 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric claims it first began developing its Wildfire Safety Strategy in 2019 ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Slavery Poisons Solar Industry’s Supply Chains
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:11 PM :: 1540 Views :: Energy, Ethics

... Roughly 80% of solar components are manufactured in China using slave labor ....

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
100s Still Without Power Outside Lahaina Burn Zone
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 1533 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... crews are continuing repairs to restore an approximate 350 remaining customers in Lahaina ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Will HECO be Saved? JSC Unveils Choices for Two Supreme Court Seats
By News Release @ 6:43 AM :: 1763 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Judiciary

... HECO Suits: Two Vacant Hawaii Supreme Court Seats Loom Large ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
HECO Postpones Time-of-Use Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1651 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Bissen asked the Commission and Hawaiian Electric for a temporary suspension of the pilot program for the randomly selected customers on Maui due to the recent wildfires ....

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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Hawaiian Electric begins restoration work in Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 1331 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Temporary equipment to provide safe, reliable power to essential services, surrounding neighborhoods ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
Turmoil at the Top: HEI Gets Bankruptcy Expert as Temporary New CFO
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 2471 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Scott DeGhetto has been appointed EVP, CFO & treasurer of HEI, effective October 1, 2023 through approximately December 31, 2024. DeGhetto joins HEI from Moelis & Company ....

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Thursday, September 14, 2023
Maui Fires: US House Committee Sets Oversight Hearing
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 1813 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, Congressional Delegation

... The hearing will take place on September 28, 2023, and the following individuals are expected to testify ....

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Thursday, September 14, 2023
Lawsuit: Green Greed behind Lahaina Deaths
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 4367 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Greenmail

... between 2019 and 2022, Hawaiian Electric invested less than $245,000 on wildfire-specific projects on the island. Instead of spending necessary funds to prevent fires caused by its equipment, Hawaiian Electric instead spent millions of dollars towards efforts to achieve a 100 percent renewable energy goal, which earned the Company bonuses that the Company’s executives used to increase their own compensation ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Green Gives Another $50M Subsidy for Solar Industry
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1649 Views :: Energy

... the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) has been appropriated $50 million for Solar PV+Battery financing in the 2023-2024 fiscal year ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
US House Committee opens investigation into Hawaiian Electric
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 1719 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

"... Has the Hawai’i State Energy Office been involved? ...."

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Blame Game: HECO Pushes Back Against Maui County Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1847 Views :: Maui County, Energy

"At about 3 p.m., a time when all of Hawaiian Electric's power lines in West Maui had been de-energized for more than six hours, a second fire (the "Afternoon Fire") began in the same area."

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Friday, August 25, 2023
Hawaiian Electric Stock Plunges After Dividends Suspended
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 1934 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... HEI suspending dividends, drawing down $370M credit line and further separating HEI and ASB boards  ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
County of Maui files lawsuit against HECO
By Court House News @ 6:03 PM :: 1541 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Maui County and other state officials and entities have also faced their own share of criticism for the response during and after the fires ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Solar Users Hit Hard by HECO 'Time of Use' Rate Increases
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3224 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... NEM solar users bills increase: 100%, 200%, or more ... 

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