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Friday, January 12, 2018
Study: Hawaii Most Expensive Electric Car Ownership in USA
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 6796 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The current average annual cost of driving a typical new gasoline vehicle in the United States is $1,117, with a maximum of $1,509 in Hawaii and a minimum of $993 in Alabama....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Will Lower Hawaii Electric Bills
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 5985 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...State and federal taxes are included in the base electric rate and with a lower federal tax, the tax rate imbedded in the bill will be reduced....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Slammed by Auditor, State Energy Office Hides from Media on 10th Anniversary of Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 5990 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

..."A search of the world wide web reveals that no media source covered the event."....

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Sunday, January 7, 2018
GEMS Takes One on the Chin from the PUC
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 7246 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...the PUC has basically said that it expects the program to crash and burn....

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Saturday, January 6, 2018
​KIUC Nominating Committee Confirms Six Candidates
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 5435 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...six candidates for its Board of Directors election on March 10, 2018....

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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Auditors couldn't figure out what this state office does — or plans to do
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:16 AM :: 7126 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...Energy Office’s personnel costs now account for more than 90 percent of the office’s expenses....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Public has Property Right to a Clean Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 7:23 PM :: 8393 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Does the Supreme Court now have three votes to kill the telescope?....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Nominations Open for KIUC Elections
By News Release @ 2:33 PM :: 5559 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative Nominating Committee has selected five candidates for its Board of Directors election on March 10, 2018....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Full Text--Hawaii Supreme Court Rules 3-2: Anybody Can Now Sue Anybody for Dirtying the Environment
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 8543 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Chaos is Coming: You can sue too—Here are some ideas....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Hawaii Mayors commit to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2045
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 6704 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Weasel Words Allow Continued use of Fossil Fuels....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
UHERO: Carbon Tax Would Bring together energy and climate change policy
By UHERO @ 1:35 AM :: 6721 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...global warming is just an excuse for tax hikes and rate hikes....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Lalamilo: Big Island Wind Farm Wants Permit to Kill Bats, Petrels
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 5860 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received an application from the Lalamilo Wind Company LLC for an incidental take permit of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat and the endangered Hawaiian petrel....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Energy: Reduced Budget Produces Increased Efficiency
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 4050 Views :: Energy

...These two factors combined mean Hawai‘i Energy operated at its most efficient, lowest cost of acquired savings ever....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Governing Green Power: Realigning Institutions to Shovel Ratepayer Money to Elon Musk
By UHERO @ 3:15 PM :: 4134 Views :: Energy

...The complex system of the future that many of us envision — what some call Utility 2.0 — will require dynamic price setting....

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Saturday, November 25, 2017
DLNR Hearing: Should Maui Windfarm be Allowed to Kill More Nene and Bats?
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 7585 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...Plan to kill 41 Nene and 48 bats....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Rate Hike Coming: UH, HECO Conspire to Establish 'Green Tariff'
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 5721 Views :: Energy, Higher Education

...Lower energy costs to UH with HECO picking up the transmission tab means higher electric rates for consumers--just as has happened with rooftop solar....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
HECO Biofuel Contract—$7.69 per gallon
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 8377 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Last year biodiesel represented 2 percent of HECO’s oil and diesel consumption. (Translation: Its an expensive fig leaf for diesel plants.)....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Capitol Signs up for Non-Existent Seawater Air Conditioning Scheme
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 5319 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...a seawater jet powered by Hawaii tax credits is used to shoot pies up into the sky--electricity is generated by harnessing the energy of the pies as they fall back to Earth....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Hurricane? FEMA has a Plan for Hawaii and You Can See it Here
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 5734 Views :: Energy, Military

...The Hawaii plan includes granular details down to, for example, how many specially outfitted medical aircraft the federal government would send to Hawaii after a Category 4 hurricane. It also describes an 85-step process to restore electricity....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Audit: City Loses $36.5M by Not Recycling Paper and Plastic into Electricity
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 7735 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... cost-benefit comparison of recycling selected materials versus incinerating them at H-POWER ....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
DBEDT Community Forums on Electric Utility Ownership Models
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 4940 Views :: Energy

...The Hawaii legislature has directed the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) to undertake a study on the future of utility ownership models on each island in Hawaii....

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Hawaii Braces for High Costs of Renewable Energy Mandates
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 PM :: 7232 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...HECO has acknowledged rates could rise by more than 44 percent when PSIP is fully implemented....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Cool Schools: Ige Claims Success
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 5821 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"One thousand classrooms now have air conditioning, and over 300 more will be complete by the end of September. In addition, hundreds more have been cooled using other heat abatement strategies,” Gov. Ige said....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Cool Schools Buys Batteries, Solar and Shiny Stainless Steel Boxes
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 6072 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...There's a sucker born every minute....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
HEI to Burn $205M Helping Tax Credit Scammers Make More Money on Alt Energy
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 5724 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk made lots of campaign contributions.  He expects to be repaid....

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Killer Windfarms: Why do we subsidize the slaughter?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 AM :: 6827 Views :: Energy, Environment

...a proposed Hawaii wind farm admits it will be lethal and seeks government permission to commence the killing....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
HECO Public Meetings to Discuss Plan for Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 5515 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Hawaiian Electric Company will host a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, at McKinley High School....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Energy Costs--Low Usage vs High Rates
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 6084 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks 37th in monthly energy cost....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Secy Perry calls the Jones Act an impediment to energy independence
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 5944 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

“Regarding our ability to retrieve energy, we don’t need anybody. Transportation may be our biggest impediment.”

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Offshore Wind Turbines Blamed For Killing Whales
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 9487 Views :: Energy, Environment

The noise generated by wind turbines affected the sonar that whales use to navigate, causing them to beach themselves....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Hawaii Homes Lowest Average CO2 Production in USA
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 5115 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii also stood out as having one of the lowest average home size of all states.... 

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Cool Schools? DoE Working to Avoid Installing Air Conditioners
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 5807 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"The department has made every effort to find solutions to cooling our classrooms in ways that are not only cost-efficient but also energy efficient..."

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
No Jones Act Tankers to Carry LNG
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 5875 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Currently no Jones Act-eligible tankers are capable of carrying LNG....

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Monday, June 5, 2017
Ige: Trump Can’t Stop Me From Jacking up your Electric Bill to Line Pockets of Green Energy Scammers
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 7973 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...More sweetheart contracts to buy overpriced electricity from campaign contributors....

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Sunday, June 4, 2017
Human Casualties at the Legislature, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:31 PM :: 7532 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...fifteen senators wanted to stick their thumbs in the Governor’s eye....

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essentially Zero Environmental Benefits
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:59 PM :: 9644 Views :: Energy, Environment, Economy

...policies like those resulting from the Paris agreement will have little impact on global temperatures....

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Caldwell: I’m Building Rail Along the Waterfront—But We Should Ignore That and Just Pretend to Believe in Climate Change Anyway
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 6580 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Rail

...Hawaii Legislators pledge to Keep Shoveling Money to Silicon Valley Billionaires like Elon Musk....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Whistleblowers: Sunrun Faked Hawaii Sales Data to Boost IPO
By Selected News Articles @ 5:09 AM :: 8691 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...employees in Hawaii didn’t process cancellations representing about 40 percent of total orders in Hawaii between May 2015-October 2015....

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GEMS: A Raid by Any Other Name…
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6569 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

GEMS, as a program, has been a miserable failure, resulting primarily in a large wad of cash that is just sitting in the bank. That’s why our legislature got the bright idea to “use” it to prop up another miserable failure – the “Cool the Schools” initiative....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Wind Power Is ‘Neither Clean Nor Green’
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 7307 Views :: Energy, Environment

“There is a limit to how much energy you can extract from a moving fluid, the Betz limit, and wind turbines are already close to it ….

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Largest US Solar Panel Maker Files for Bankruptcy After Receiving $206 Million in Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 4701 Views :: Energy

...Not everyone in the solar industry agrees increased tariffs would be a good thing....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Trump administration chooses growth over Jones Act protectionism
By Michael Hansen @ 12:01 AM :: 8579 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
... Trump is not so protectionist after all ....
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Friday, May 5, 2017
West Kauai Water Settlement opens door to ‘Renewable Energy Project’ on DHHL Land
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 6269 Views :: DHHL, Energy

"...KIUC could increase its renewable portfolio by ten percent or more with pumped storage hydro...." --DHHL

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
HECO Touts Green Energy Progress on Earth Day
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 5598 Views :: Energy, Environment

...in 2016 26 percent of the electricity used by customers came from renewable resources - up from 23 percent the year before....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Ige Energy Code: Increase Home Construction Costs by $4700 per unit
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 5738 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Gov. Ige’s signing of the new IECC will pave the way for the eventual adoption of the code by Hawai‘i’s counties, requiring that all new commercial and residential construction meet the code....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Green Energy Schemers: Hawaii success story because of the high price of electricity, state tax credits
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 7587 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

Honolulu ranks first for installed solar capacity per capita in the United States....

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Thursday, March 30, 2017
UHERO: Electric Car Batteries Part of Plan to Go 100% Renewable
By UHERO @ 5:58 PM :: 4528 Views :: Energy

...plan to achieve 100% renewable power on Oahu by 2045, subject to a 5% limit on biofuel....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Cover-up: How Wind Farms Hide Bird and Bat Kills
By Selected News Articles @ 1:29 AM :: 6980 Views :: Energy, Environment

If it were not for groups like Audubon and the Sierra Club etc. making millions off dead eagles and endangered species through mitigation, these groups would probably have a completely different opinion about wind energy’s “incidental take” permits....

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Election Results: KIUC Co-op Board
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 5796 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

KIUC mailed 25,703 ballots and received 6,088, for a turnout of 23.7 percent, more than last year’s 21 percent turnout....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaiian Electric Renewable Electricity Lags on Oahu—Reaches 26% Statewide
By News Release @ 12:16 AM :: 5004 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

The Hawaiian Electric Companies reached a nearly 26 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2016, up from 23 percent the year before....

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