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Friday, May 6, 2016
Ige Signs ‘Cool Schools’ Bill
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 6644 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...an emergency appropriation of $100 million to fund equipment and installation costs for air conditioning, heat abatement measures and related energy efficiency measures....

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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Much Ado About Nothing – The Hawaii Legislature Edition
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4401 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Today we are looking at a bill in our Legislature that contains nothing....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
SunEdison Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 3849 Views :: Energy

...debtor in possession....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Jones Act and Enviro Regs Blessing and Curse for California Refiners
By Michael Hansen @ 3:08 PM :: 5304 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...The principles applicable to the California petroleum market without doubt similarly impact Hawaii....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Fuzzy Accounting Behind Renewable Energy’s Falling Prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 4709 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...most of those “savings” are coming from taxpayers pockets....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Chevron Signs Deal to Sell Hawaii Refinery, Stations
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 3744 Views :: Energy

...One Rock also has a unique strategic relationship with Mitsubishi Corporation....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
NEM Lawsuits: Rooftop Solar companies will play only if the game is stacked in their favor
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 4835 Views :: Energy

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is run by the lead lobbyists for the two big companies — both have obvious Democratic Party connections....

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Friday, April 1, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Proposes $340M Rate Hike, Blames Smart Grids
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 3546 Views :: Energy

...“The smart-grid program would cost the 455,000 HECO customers on average $747...."

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Panos Prevedouros: Rail, Traffic and Energy
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 4246 Views :: Energy, Rail

A conversation with Dr. Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, about traffic congestion, Honolulu rail and Hawaii's renewable energy plans....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Oahu Windfarm Proposed for Live Explosives Dumping Area
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 4851 Views :: Energy, Military

"...the southeast section of the Site Area is coterminous with (has the same boundaries as) a designated explosive dumping area...."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
HB2085: Ban Sale of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:55 AM :: 5495 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the state's plan to eliminate all ground transportation that uses fossil fuels....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Morita Comes up Short in KIUC Bid
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 4562 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The newly-elected board members will be inaugurated on March 22....

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
Energy Star Certification Program Promises Hawaii DoE $300M in Savings
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 4290 Views :: Energy

If all 256 DOE schools replicate the first 74 campuses’ energy efficiency, the State of Hawaii could save more than $300 million over ten years....

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Friday, March 4, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:34 PM :: 4341 Views :: Energy

Hawai'i is the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard for the energy sector....

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Friday, March 4, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Companies report record high renewable energy use
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 3990 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics
  • Hawaii Island electricity use almost 49 percent from renewables
  • Maui County 35 percent renewables; 
  • Oahu 17 percent renewables
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Friday, March 4, 2016
Gasoline Taxes: Hawaii 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 5340 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

And Hawaii legislators are considering a gas tax hike ....

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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Waste Management: Millions for Company Tied to OHA Chair Pass House Finance on Three Minutes Notice
By Andrew Walden @ 11:24 PM :: 7048 Views :: Energy, OHA

...HB2607HD1 authorizes Special Purpose Revenue Bond money to “PQ Energy, LLC”.  The amount is not filled in but was originally listed as $63M....

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
Big Island Rolling Blackouts Caused by Lack of Wind
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 5798 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...wind resources are presently at zero...."

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hawaii Gasoline Prices #1 in USA—$0.24 Higher Than California
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 5504 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The nation’s least expensive markets for gas are Oklahoma ($1.42), Missouri ($1.46) and Kansas ($1.47)....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
HECO: LNG is Cleaner, Cheaper Energy Alternative
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 3804 Views :: Energy

...modern fast starting, quick ramping generators are needed to balance the variability of solar and wind power....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki? Ige Flies to NYC, DC for Meetings
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 5085 Views :: Energy, Homelessness

"...regarding offshore renewable energy opportunities in Hawai‘i...."

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Hawaii Joins 17-State Expensive Energy Pact After SCOTUS Stay
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 5750 Views :: Energy

...and what are the other 33 states doing?  They are keeping their electricity cheap....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Jones Act Exemption, LNG Imports Key to Puerto Rico Recovery
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 5156 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act is the single most important step Congress can take....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
UHERO: Recent Trends in Hawaii's Green Economy: Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resource Management
By UHERO @ 5:55 PM :: 6846 Views :: Energy, Agriculture, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...three sectors that are key to future sustainability in Hawai‘i - energy, agriculture and natural resource management....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coop Proposes Alternative Power Generation Plan for Big Island
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 5360 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"By building on the successes achieved by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to integrate high levels of cost-effective solar PV into the grid...."

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Monday, February 8, 2016
Are Electric Cars Really Green?
By Video @ 2:09 PM :: 5108 Views :: Energy, Environment
Are electric cars greener than conventional gasoline cars?
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5749 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Army announces decision on ‘biofuel-capable’ diesel electric plant
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 4358 Views :: Energy, Military

"Implementation of the selected action will not result in significant impacts."

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
On Peak Solar Days, Kauai Momentarily Hits 90% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 5124 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

In January, renewable resources met an average of 77 percent of Kaua‘i’s energy demand during the peak solar hours, spiking to 90 percent on four separate days....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Latest Solar Scam: Kauai Coop Warns Consumers
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 3972 Views :: Energy

Solar leases and no-money-down contracts can lock homeowners into making payments for years, sometimes for more than the average monthly electric bill without solar....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 4625 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:10 PM :: 4759 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Friday, February 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Hawaii Business Roundtable Announces Support for NextEra Energy and HEI Merger
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 3847 Views :: Energy

"We are...acutely aware of the burden high electricity rates place on both the cost of doing business and living in Hawaii"

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The DoD Biofuel Scam Is Worse Than Solyndra
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 AM :: 5082 Views :: Energy, Military

...hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
GEMS: Electric Ratepayers Pay Millions for Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 6550 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

By the year's end, the utility will need to collect $7,940,691.56 more to fulfill "revenue requirements" for GEMS....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
LNG could save Oahu gas utility customers more than 25 percent
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 3467 Views :: Energy

The LNG project requires federal approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and State approval from the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission (PUC)....

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Maui County Report: Co-op Should Buy MECO Transmission Grid
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 4726 Views :: Maui County, Energy

There would be little physical infrastructure that would need to change hands, and as such the capital costs for this approach are relatively low....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Jones Act, LNG at Center of Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 12:53 PM :: 5950 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

Cong Perluisi stated there “. . . . are eight constructive steps the federal government could take,” including the need to “update the Existing Jones Act LNG and LPG Exemption in Puerto Rico” ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1524: Obama Opens Door to Home Energy Project Loans
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 8:45 PM :: 3644 Views :: Energy

...the loan would be repaid through revenues generated by a special assessment on the borrowers' real-property tax bills....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1170: Geothermal Fast-track, part two
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 4651 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The legislative session has yet to even begin, and House leaders are already poised to fast-track a set of blanket exemptions for power producers....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hawaii DoE: $48M Annual Electric Bill is STEM Learning Opportunity
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 4286 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"...students will learn core principles of science and will see the relevance of community initiatives, such as moving to solar energy, limiting waste, encouraging recycling and reducing water usage with low-flow toilets...."

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
UHERO: Status Update on Federal GHG Emissions Reduction Policy for Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:16 PM :: 3841 Views :: Energy

Under the CPP, states have been given the choice of meeting either a rate- or mass-based goal for their existing fleet of power plants....

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Saturday, January 2, 2016
AAA Hawaii: Lower 2015 Gasoline Prices Save Drivers $400
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 4331 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Be sure to thank the frackers ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 6112 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Lifting US Oil Export Ban could substantially change Jones Act dynamics
By Michael Hansen @ 1:21 PM :: 5089 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
“This [Jones Act] market did receive a boost from the coastwise transportation of crude oil in the past, but these movements, which already declined significantly in 2015, may disappear altogether....
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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5970 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Fake Energy Savings? Airport Division Lets Contractor Write its own Check for 20 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:40 PM :: 5125 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Don't worry.  It's only a $500M contract....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Report: Hawaii at 21.2% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 3207 Views :: Energy

.. but since 100% renewable doesn't really mean 100% renewable, what does 21.2% renewable mean? ...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative would deliver transformation better, faster and cheaper
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 6081 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

Big Island customers could save as much as $113 million on the existing HELCO rate base and up to $234 million including investments to modernize the grid over a four-year period....

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
KIUC Nominating Committee Selects 5 Candidates for Board Election
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3511 Views :: Energy

Former Hawaii PUC chair Morita vies for Kauai utility board seat....

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