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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
DLNR: Another Step Towards State-Run Carbon Credit Scheme
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 156 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Certifying the project under Verra’s VCS, which includes the verification and validation of the project by independent auditors, enables DOFAW to generate certified carbon credits that it, in turn, can sell to interested buyers, brokers, traders, or retailers....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 661 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Ige: Electric Company to Collect from GEMS Green Energy Deadbeats
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 599 Views :: Energy

...The on-bill repayment program allows electric ratepayers on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i to invest in green energy installments....

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Thursday, April 04, 2019
HEI Plans to Shut Down State's Cheapest Energy Producer to Make Way for More Tesla Batteries
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1007 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk is going to get even more of your money....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Trump Tax Cut Lowers Electric Bills--HECO Gave Back the Least
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 684 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Utility bills have dropped ranging from less than a dollar a month for the average residential customer in Hawaii to about $14 for the same group in Florida....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
First phase of grid modernization plan approved--Ratepayers Soaked to Funnel More Money to Silicon Valley Billionaires
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 704 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“Would you accept a rate increase to modernize the grid? How much of an increase? What about a 5%, 10%, 15% increase to your current bill?”

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Six Solar Schemes Approved by PUC
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 539 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

...Among the projects approved is Hoohana Solar 1 in Kunia, which is planned for a parcel zoned as prime agricultural land, where renewable energy projects are currently not permitted....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Hilo Has the Highest Food Prices in America
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 1323 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...As much as a third of the food waste in Hawaii is due to food that has gone bad before it reaches the consumer....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
​Hawaii PUC approves special rates for Al Gore's electric buses
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 757 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... it is expected at least 130 electric buses will be added to fleets during the course of the pilot, including tour buses, school buses and public transit systems like TheBus on Oahu....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The Difference Between Real and Fake Energy Policy
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 890 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...after a decade of hype, Hawaii is still 75% coal and oil....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Hawaiian Electric Claims 27% Renewable Despite Loss of Geothermal Plant
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 766 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...The 2018 consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) remained the same percentage as it was in 2017, at 27 percent. The consolidated number would have been 29 percent had Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) produced at the same level as 2017....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Report: Hawaii Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop After Aviation Emissions Reclassified as 'International'
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1084 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...By exporting airliner exhaust, the nearly 50% growth in Hawaii tourism numbers since 2008 is simply evaporated from this report.....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Ige Names Leo R. Asuncion, Jr. to Public Utilities Commission
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 804 Views :: Energy

...Previously, Asuncion was a senior regulatory analyst and senior integrated resource planning analyst at Hawaiian Electric Company....

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Monday, February 18, 2019
Solar Fail: EnSync Going Bankrupt 'Very Short Term'
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 1040 Views :: Energy, Small Business

...the offtaker for a sizeable project the Company was working on in Hawaii sent the Company a letter purporting to terminate the subject power purchase agreement....

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Hearing: Should Auwahi Windfarm Be Allowed to Kill 140 Bats?
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 964 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... the DOFAW hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on February 15, 2019 at Kula Elementary School, 5000 Kula Highway in Kula ....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Ige Appoints New PUC Chair
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 1401 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Jay Griffin becomes PUC chair immediately....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Feds to PUC: Stop Approving Bat-Killing Windfarms without Endangered Species Permits
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 2350 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...HECO has not been coordinating with the Service and DOFAW to verify that a wind energy producer has completed the necessary compliance procedures...."

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Monday, January 07, 2019
HECO Pushing Seven Giant Battery Farms
By News Release @ 2:37 PM :: 925 Views :: Energy

...The projects – three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii Island – will add approximately 262 megawatts (MW) of solar energy with 1,048 megawatt-hours (MWh) of storage....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
DoTax Report Reveals Tax Credits Claimed by Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1401 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...In tax year 2016, a total of $289.1 million was claimed in tax credits...the largest tax credit was the renewable energy technologies tax credit ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Carbon Tax: Will You Fiddle While Paris Burns?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1781 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...If enacted, the carbon tax would be the fifth special tax imposed on fuel....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DoH Fines Hu Honua Biofuel Plant for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 1576 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Between 3,500 and 32,500 gallons of treated industrial wastewater composed of freshwater, acidic metal cleaning solution and residue from the descaling of the boiler was discharged....

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Saturday, December 15, 2018
HELCO Pushing $13.4M Rate Hike
By News Release @ 12:36 PM :: 1655 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

...If approved, a typical residential bill for 500 kilowatt-hours on Hawaii Island would increase by $8.21 a month....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
UN Climate Change Confab: Hawaii Promises to Keep Ratepayer Cash Flowing to Silicon Valley Billionaires
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 1966 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
City, Hawai'i Gas open renewable wastewater biogas facility
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 1589 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in ‘Ewa Beach....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Congress Giving Territories Control of Offshore Windfarm Permitting
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 873 Views :: Energy

...MEANWHILE: Feds Will Decide on Hawaii Offshore Wind Projects....

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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Auwahi Wind Farm Requests Approval to Kill 140 Hoary Bats
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 1793 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...The requested total bat take is 140 bats (119 in addition to the 21 authorized).... 

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Saturday, December 01, 2018
Ige Extends Lava Emergency for 5th Time
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 1070 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

...This proclamation also provides additional time for Puna Geothermal Venture to re-establish, or begin to re-establish, the regulatory framework under which it is required to operate....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Potential Criminal Prosecution: Hu Honua Violates Water Pollution Laws
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 1687 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...potential civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation and potential criminal prosecution....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
How a U.S. law intended to reduce dependence on fossil fuels has unleashed an environmental disaster in Indonesia
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 AM :: 1574 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Dewanto’s team found the rigid body of an orangutan, half buried under a fallen log next to a scar of freshly cut forest in a peat bog being razed for a new palm plantation....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Details of the Horrible Carbon Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 8:11 AM :: 2242 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
To ‘Change Society’ -- Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 2829 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Any carbon-pricing mechanism should be “adequate to change behavior.”  The commission had considered asking that it be “practical” as well, but Sen. Karl Rhoads convinced the members that was a bad idea….

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Pine: Gill Family Windfarm Proceeding Against Community Opposition
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:08 PM :: 1859 Views :: Energy, Environment

...After a fierce Neighborhood Board meeting in April where the Board and many in the community opposed the project for its perceived insensitivity to the area, many including myself were under the belief that this project would not proceed until those concerns were addressed....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Council Resolution: Ban Cars, Buses from Waikiki by 2030
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 2170 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

... The Public Works, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee will publicly discuss its Draft 1 of Resolution 18-221 [1] in the City Council Committee Meeting Room, on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale, at 1:00 pm Weds ....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Wind Farm: Hearing to Consider Plan to Kill More Bats, Petrels
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1296 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday November 29, 2018 at Kaʻala Elementary School, 130 California Avenue in Wahiawa....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
UHERO: Revenue Decoupling Jacks up Utility Rates
By UHERO @ 3:36 AM :: 1178 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...statistically significant upward adjustments on average are observed across utilities that experienced decoupling....

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Public meetings scheduled for Oahu Climate Action Plan
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2578 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...The sense of urgency is palpable in these meetings....

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Monday, November 05, 2018
Honolulu Tagged in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1975 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Honolulu is accepted into a two-year acceleration program that will provide cities powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals....

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Sunday, November 04, 2018
It’s Real Property Because We Said So!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1795 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Taxes

...a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits....

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Friday, November 02, 2018
Oahu: Lack of Wind Threatens Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 1300 Views :: Energy

...wind generation is down to zero.  Then that pesky Sun thingy went and set on us.  No solar....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hawaii Electricity Prices to Jump 20% Thanks to New Ship Fuel Requirements
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 1640 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...The state depends on mostly low-sulfur fuel oil for about 70 percent of its power. In 2020, though, demand for that fuel is expected to surge, pushing up prices....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cost of Utilities: Hawaii Pays the Most in USA
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 1642 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Aloha State utilities cost $730.86 -- $202.90 more than #2 Alaska....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Highest in USA--Hawaii Electric Rates a Burden for Low Income
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1757 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...How Affordable is Your Electricity? Comparing Electric Rates, Bills, and Burden....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Bat Killing Windfarm Buys Enviro Support for $2.75M
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 1531 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

...Bat Killing Windfarm partially bankrolls purchase of 2,882 acres of Central Oʻahu forest and fallow lands from Dole Food Company....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kawailoa Windfarm: New Plan is to Kill 265 Bats, 24 Petrels
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 1389 Views :: Energy, Environment

... The public may send comments to the Approving Agency -- DLNR ....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Auditor Looks at HDoT Energy Savings Contracts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:22 AM :: 1228 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...all four annual savings reports filed by Johnson Controls through 2017 indicated that actual savings exceeded energy contract guaranteed savings for each period....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
ACEEE: Hawaii Scores Points for GEMS Scheme
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 1167 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranked 16th in the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, falling one position compared to 2017....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
HEI Rate Payers to Pony up $2.6B for 1055 MW of Batteries
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1496 Views :: Energy

...Do the Math: US EIA says median cost for energy storage is $2,500 per kw x 1,000 for mw x 1,055 mw = $2.64B project cost -- just for the storage....

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Monday, October 08, 2018
Gabbard Bill Would Require U.S. to be 100% fossil free by 2035
By Selected News Articles @ 7:04 PM :: 1584 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation

...introduced with relatively little public notice in September 2017, the OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), is gaining support from Democrat political candidates across the nation....

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Friday, October 05, 2018
Harvard: Wind Farms Cause Global Warming
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 AM :: 1461 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Harvard University researchers find that the transition to wind or solar power in the U.S. would require five to 20 times more land than previously thought, and, if such large-scale wind farms were built, would warm average surface temperatures over the continental U.S. by 0.24 degrees Celsius....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Climate Action Plan: Preconceived Outcome Set for Public Meetings
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 1803 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...During the meetings participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition O‘ahu to a clean energy future and meet stated goals under the Paris climate agreement....

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