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Friday, September 2, 2022
HECO's Idea of 'Good News' -- Oahu Electric Bills to go up 4%
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 1998 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is an improvement over the earlier forecast that projected bills would increase 7% or about $15 after the coal plant ends operations, which is scheduled for today ....

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Monday, August 29, 2022
HECO Warns of Rolling Blackouts on Big Island
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2200 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Energy

... If rolling outages are necessary, Hawaiian Electric will send out a Tweet.  That's the plan ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Rolling Blackouts Coming in September: Hawaii ends use of coal for power generation
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 2654 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... 7% bill increase forecasted ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
Act 183: C-PACE in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:56 AM :: 1570 Views :: Energy, Small Business

... The legislation authorizes the Hawai‘i Green Infrastructure Authority to administer C-PACE for the soon-to-be available financing program ....

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Monday, August 1, 2022
​Hawaii Gas Acquired By Argo Infrastructure Partners
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 1620 Views :: Energy

... transaction completed July 21, 2022 ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1730 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Bill 22 Better Buildings Benchmarking
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 1555 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Better Buildings Benchmarking Program requires commercial and multi-family buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to track and report annual aggregate utility data to the City and County of Honolulu ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Rate Hike: HECO to burn $190M 'Hardening Grid' for Global Warming
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 1704 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

" ... Hawaiian Electric is seeking approval to recover the cost of the project from customers ...."

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Friday, July 1, 2022
Ige appoints Leo Asuncion to lead Public Utilities Commission
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1678 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

... Asuncion’s current term on the PUC began on July 1, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2026 .... 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Sierra Club, Solar Industry Rally Against SB2510
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 1465 Views :: Energy

... capping the amount of any single renewable energy source to 45% per island ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Maui’s Public Nuisance Climate Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 6:58 PM :: 1904 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Over 1,300 climate lawsuits have been filed in the U.S.  None has yet succeeded ....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Climate Hucksters Sue Hawaii Department of Transportation
By News Release @ 6:21 AM :: 1975 Views :: Energy, Environment, Greenmail

... plaintiffs claim that their state DOT’s active operation of a transportation system that results in high levels of greenhouse gas emissions is causing significant harm ....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
One less Jones Act tanker for Hawaii is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 1964 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... “Houston, we have a problem.” ....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
S&P: Solar, storage delays put Hawaii's energy transition to the test
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 1569 Views :: Energy

... Of 18 renewable energy agreements inked by Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. utility subsidiaries in recent years, only two are on track to meet their guaranteed commercial operation dates ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Auditor: City Still Locked in to Expensive Recycling Contracts
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 2223 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Solid waste disposal costs can be reduced by diverting recyclable waste to the H-POWER waste to energy facility ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
HECO RFP Seeks 'Renewable' Projects on Maui, Oahu
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1743 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy

... that includes but is not limited to wind, solar, biomass and biofuels. Standalone energy storage proposals also will be accepted ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
'Sustainability' -- HECO Plans to Close Largest and Cheapest Electricity Plant in September
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 1788 Views :: Energy, Environment

... retirement of the AES coal plant at the end of September ....

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Thursday, April 7, 2022
KIUC Rate Hikes Far Lower than HECO's
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 2441 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Kauaʻi’s power generation mix for 2021 included 45% solar, 14% hydro and 11% biomass ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaiian Electric upgrades Battery Bonus program with new perks for customers who add storage to PV systems
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 1943 Views :: Energy

... The fixed monthly bill credit will be applied at an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for exporting energy during a two-hour period of the evening peak ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Green Energy: Schatz Gives Taxpayer Money to Maui Councilmenber's Spouse
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2685 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... None of these insiders know anything about electricity so Schatz makes federal taxpayers to pay for experts who can do the actual work for them ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii Needs a Jones Act Waiver
By Video @ 1:44 AM :: 1801 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports and why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver to ensure its energy security ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Jones Act waiver request for fuel imports goes national
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 AM :: 2030 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Keli'i Akina writes about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser while U.S. Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii sends a waiver request of his own ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Case Asks Biden to Waive Jones Act to Ship US Oil to Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 12:02 AM :: 2849 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... Case also introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today to mandate such a waiver. ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Thanks to Sneaky Lawyers, Jones Act Waiver will Require Act of Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 2162 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Little noticed language was included in the National Defense Authorization Act that became law in 2021 when Congress overrode then-President Donald Trump’s veto ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
How Hawaii’s Spike in Gas Prices Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2344 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii gasoline prices are increasing more slowly than other states .... 

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
No More Russian Oil: Rep Ed Case Seeks Jones Act Waiver
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:41 PM :: 2486 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... with the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, the 101-year-old federal maritime law is even being recognized as a danger to Hawaii’s energy security ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Hawaii Needs Jones Act Waiver for Fuel Imports
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 2164 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Par Hawaii's suspension of oil imports from Russia underscores the need for Hawaii to achieve greater oil-purchasing flexibility ....

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Thursday, March 3, 2022
Hawaii's Only Refiner Suspends Purchases of Russian Oil
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 1569 Views :: Energy

... we are turning to other grades of crude, principally from North and South America, to meet fuel production requirements ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawaiian Electric seeking proposals for firm renewable energy on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 1531 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Firm renewable energy differs from intermittent resources such as solar and wind in that it is available for use at all times ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HB2278: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 AM :: 2785 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The gasoline tax in 2035 will be $33.16 a barrel ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Dead Bats: Supreme Court Upholds BLNR Approval of Na Pua Makani Windfarm
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 2052 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... the Board authorized Na Pua Makani to kill up to 51 ‘ōpe‘ape‘a bats ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
​Exempt Hawaii from Jones Act to ensure continued oil imports
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 2059 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... the 1920 law is a main reason Hawaii relies on Russia for more than a third of its crude oil supply ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax Fails to Change Environment
By Heartland Foundation @ 3:05 AM :: 1915 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... carbon-dioxide taxes are inherently regressive and disproportionally harm low-income families ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax $42.24 a Barrel
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:18 AM :: 2245 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This bill is a continuation of the policy of social-planning-via-taxation that has helped make Hawaii one of the most expensive states in the nation ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Hawaiian Electric hits 38% renewable energy in 2021
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1706 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Return of geothermal boosts Hawaii Island to 60% ....

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Monday, February 7, 2022
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would be Major Burden for Families, Small Business
By Heartland Foundation @ 4:40 AM :: 3296 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... Regressive Gasoline Tax Would Top Out At $33.16 Per Barrel In 2035 ....

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Friday, February 4, 2022
HECO Offers Electric Car Chargers 58% Discount on Electricity
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2704 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... New pilot program to offer lower rate as incentive for businesses, building owners to host EV chargers ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
HECO Donates $2M to Deadbeats
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 3170 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... The Kokua Fund Bill Credit Program will automatically provide a one-time credit of $90 to past-due balances for about 22,000 residential and business customers by Jan. 31 ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Solar: 1,000 megawatts now online
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 2804 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Nearly 4,700 rooftop solar systems installed in 2021; 92,500 now online ....

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
DHHL Releases EA for Isenberg Street Rentals, Kalaeloa Solar Project
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 2652 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Energy

... 270 affordable rental units for native Hawaiian beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act ....

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Saturday, January 8, 2022
PUC Chair James Griffin to Step Down
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 1821 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

... Griffin will serve until June 30, 2022.  Gov. Ige will nominate Griffin’s replacement in the coming months ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UH: Solar Installations are Killing Birds
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1868 Views :: Energy, Environment

... The new technical report synthesizes current literature on the threats posed by industrial-scale solar installations to birds, identifies the species most at risk from solar infrastructure, lists the locations of current and future solar facilities, and describes specific strategies to limit negative impacts on Hawaiian bird life ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
MECO Plan: Replace Kahului Power Plant with Solar and Batteries
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 3400 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... As the oldest power plant on Maui, with the first generating unit placed in service in 1948, KPP’s four steam-generating units currently provide power and system stability on the island's transmission system ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
DPP Online System to let Solar Contractors Bypass DPP Grifters
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2103 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... a new online building permit application process in response to the increase in number of homeowners seeking photovoltaic (PV), PV battery and battery-only tax credits and other incentives from Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Battery Bonus program ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Billionaire Helps Solar Developers Grab More Ag Land
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2613 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Agriculture

... Billionaire Omidyar helps solar developers sharpen up their sales pitch to overcome community resistance to the solar grab for agricultural lands ....

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Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2837 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Legislative Agenda: Bills to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2030
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 2142 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Enviros deploy push-poll which claims that 66% of public want gasoline and diesel cars banned.  If this is true, why are electric cars only 1% of the fleet right now? ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
‘Community Based Energy’: $27.5M in GEMS for Hawaii Democratic Party Officials, Maui Councilmember
By Andrew Walden @ 8:20 PM :: 4914 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... To fund this insider giveaway, the HGIA board voted to take away $2.5M set aside for low and middle income households and $5M set aside for multi-family projects ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
Rolling Blackouts Coming: HECO Doubles Down on Promise to Close Coal Plant
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2939 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Hawaiian Electric sets goal of 70% carbon reduction by 2030, envisions zero emissions by 2045 ....

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Friday, November 5, 2021
HECO Suddenly Agrees to 39% Reduction in Cost of Electricity Bought from Kalaeloa Partners
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 2262 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... charge being reduced to $100/kilowatts (kW) per year for the full 208 MW, as compared to $164.35/kW per year for the first 180 MW ....

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