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Saturday, November 25, 2023
UH Assessing Hawaiʻi’s Geothermal Potential
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 1631 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 :: 1432 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 :: 3473 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 :: 1800 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 :: 2336 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 :: 1712 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 :: 1679 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 :: 1655 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 :: 1955 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 :: 1842 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 :: 1453 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 :: 2701 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 :: 2010 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 :: 4648 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 :: 1753 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 :: 1870 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 :: 1977 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 :: 2059 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 :: 1697 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 :: 3534 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

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

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Audio: Hawaii Inverse Condemnation and Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 8:44 PM :: 1895 Views :: Energy, Environment

... will Hawaii adopt California's version of inverse condemnation liability in wildfire cases? ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Fossil fuel giants fight for dismissal of climate change liability suit
By Court House News @ 9:36 PM :: 1886 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... C&C of Honolulu and energy giants faced off over where the suit should be taken to trial ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
State Energy Officials: Hawaiian Electric Prioritized Green-Energy Push over Wildfire Prevention
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 PM :: 4093 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electronic consequently invested less than a quarter-of-a-million dollars on wildfire-related projects ....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
HECO Suits: Two Vacant Hawaii Supreme Court Seats Loom Large
By Robert Thomas @ 8:38 PM :: 3336 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaii certainly has not adopted the California model of inverse condemnation liability for wildfires. So this will be a case of first impression ....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Just the Beginning: S&P Downgrades Hawaiian Electric to Junk
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 2273 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... CreditWatch placement with negative implications reflects the potential for additional downgrades of one or more notches within the coming months ....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Lawsuit: HECO Should Have Depowered Lines
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 2188 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric’s stock plunged 34% following the suits ....

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
Rate Hikes Coming: Consumer Advocate Urges Public to Participate in Energy Equity Docket
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 2572 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... addressing critical issues related to clean energy access, affordability, and fairness in Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Solar Shaft: HECO Evenings hit $0.66 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 3759 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... data gathered by Hawaiian Electric and will ultimately determine how the program may roll out to all customers starting in late 2024 or 2025 ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Hawaii Largest CO2 INCREASE in USA
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2991 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

... Between 2020 and 2021, the most recent years of available data, carbon emissions in Hawaii increased by 16.2%. Over that period, energy related carbon dioxide pollution went from 14.9 million metric tons to 17.3 million metric tons ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
HECO Rate Hikes Coming: Public Must Make Big Sacrifices for 'Green' Energy
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 2730 Views :: Energy, Environment

... major technological advances, especially in sustainable fuels and carbon-capture, and reaching consensus on land-use policy are some of what’s required for Hawaii to fully decarbonize ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
How Not to Cool the Schools
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2239 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

... facilities geniuses at our DOE came up with the idea ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Green Addresses United Nations, Admits Hawaii Failing to Implement UN Eco Goals
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 2586 Views :: Energy, Environment

... The review highlights progress on achieving the six Aloha+ Challenge goals, which are the state’s local implementation of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Hawaiʻi stands as the sole state in the United States to have submitted a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 1841 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Hawaiian Electric Co. recently released its integrated grid plan, which put the cost of interconnecting the state’s planned renewable energy plants at around $9 billion — and that doesn’t include the cost to build the plants themselves ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
HHFDC Gives Solar Farm Control of Waianae Affordable Housing Complex
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1525 Views :: Energy, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The agreement, which began on June 30, calls for Solar Farm View Estates LLC (SFVE) to undertake substantial repairs to the complex and operate it for the next 75 years. The Board of Directors of HHFDC, which retains the property’s fee-simple interest, approved a $4.95 million, low-interest, 10-year loan that allows SFVE to facilitate the repairs ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Climate Litigation Wave Crashes Into Hawaii’s Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 3356 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... Such lawsuits abound, with as many as 300 cases underway. Honolulu’s, though, has a twist ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Oil Spills: EPA Hammers Pacific Biodiesel
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 2253 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Failure to implement measures required by the SPCC Rule can threaten public health or the welfare of fish and other wildlife ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
James Hansen Study Ends ‘Consensus’ -- COVID Shutdowns Blow Lid off Global Warming Theory
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 PM :: 2583 Views :: Energy, Environment

... during the COVID shutdowns, emissions dropped sharply, but the climate became warmer ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Hawaii Highest Electric Rates in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 AM :: 2608 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Hawaii clocked in as the most expensive state for electricity, with a 44 cents per kilowatt-hour cost ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
'Renewable' Gravy Train End of Line: After Decades, HECO Dumps 'Avoided Cost' Contracts
By News Release @ 12:19 PM :: 2277 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... The four original contracts were negotiated in the 1990s and 2000s ... a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatts could see savings ranging from $9 to $13 per month ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
HECO Admits De-carbonization Means Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 1928 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

"...Hawaiian Electric’s modeling shows that...energy rates may rise in the near-term transition to clean energy...."

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Hawaii refinery to produce 'renewable' fuels
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2112 Views :: Energy

... Par Hawaii is the first refinery in the nation authorized to use renewable feedstock to produce renewable fuels under Foreign-Trade Zone procedures ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
City Touts Fasi Building Energy Efficiency
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 2246 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... The Energy Star recognition comes after the City completed Phase 1 of its energy and water-saving Performance Contract at 10 municipal buildings, including the Fasi Building ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Hawaii Average Monthly Utility Cost $611.87
By Selected News Articles @ 8:49 PM :: 4048 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the highest electricity price, nearly triple the US average rate, and the state relies on imported petroleum for 60% of its electricity generation ....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric seeks public comment on draft ‘Integrated Grid Plan: A pathway to a clean energy future’
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 2265 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Your rates will be going up to pay for the infrastructure we need to make irregular and erratic wind and solar electricity less damaging to our grid ....

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Monday, March 20, 2023
​Fire and Flooding Risks Surrounding of the Paeahu Solar Project in Kihei, Maui
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 1952 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... the large lithium-ion batteries that are proposed for this project, could make gaining control of a fire more difficult and dangerous due to the increased risk of electrocution and thermal runaway ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Hu Honua Decision Based on 'Right To A Life-Sustaining Climate'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:31 PM :: 2157 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

... the PUC “understood its public interest-minded mission” and rightly considered the impact of the Hu Honua project on citizens’ “right to a clean and healthful environment” ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Nominee for State Planning Director responsible for Oahu’s High Electricity Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 6:01 AM :: 3448 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... HECO announced a rate increase of 7% to buy more oil ....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
No Wind: Rolling blackouts impact more than 8K customers
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2435 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"... the lack of wind on a hot day caused both a higher use of air conditioning and a lack of wind-generated power ...."

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
HB192/SB690: Ban fluorescent bulbs
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 2117 Views :: Energy, Environment

“...Fluorescent bulbs used to be the energy-efficient option...."

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Sunday, February 19, 2023
PILOT for Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2881 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Agriculture, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The owner in the previous year paid $30,154 in property tax and got a bill for $835,710, resulting in an extremely unhappy owner ....

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