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Thursday, June 6, 2024
KIUC Continues to Lead State in 'Renewable' Generation
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 281 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

... Solar contributed 38.1% of KIUC’s generation in 2023. Almost one-third of the solar production came from members’ rooftop systems. Other renewables contributing in 2023 were hydropower (12%) and biomass (7.8%) ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Signs Condo Bills
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 711 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... designed to streamline processes, enhance management practices, and increase accessibility to clean energy programs ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
HECO to Begin Preemptive Blackouts for Fire Risk Areas
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 791 Views :: Energy

... Starting July 1, Hawaiian Electric may preemptively shut off power in areas that appear at high risk of wildfire during periods of forecast high winds and dry conditions ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Hawaiian Electric completes West Maui transmission line work
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1045 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... A critical transmission line that serves as a back-up route of power to approximately 11,000 customers in West Maui is now online ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
After Wildfire Lawsuits, Soaring PG&E power rates approach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 1463 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Can you guess what’s going to happen as a result of Lahaina? ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
Rolling Blackouts end for Big Island as oil-fired plants come online
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2677 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...Combined, these oil-fired units have up to 53 megawatts of generating capacity. ...."

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Taxpayers Not on the Hook for HECO's $542M 'Special Purpose Revenue Bonds'
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 1115 Views :: Energy

... another $700M has been authorized, but not issued ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Full Text: Hawaii Attorney General Maui Wildfire Report
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1304 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Land Use

... AG Lopez structured the FSRI contract to focus entirely on the role of public agencies, thus avoiding any liability borne by Hawaiian Electric or private landowners such as KSBE ....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Rolling Blackouts: Senators Demand PUC Investigation
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 1252 Views :: Energy

"The lack of reliability due to insufficient energy generation, HECO’s aging equipment, unreliable oil-fired power generation, and immediate and long term solutions should be investigated."

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Monday, April 8, 2024
‘Grave Threat’: Calls Mount For SCOTUS To Intervene In Hawaii Climate Lawsuit Against Major Energy Companies
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 1355 Views :: Energy, Environment, Judiciary

... the case should be in the Supreme Court’s domain given the implications it could have for the U.S. economy, national security and federalism ....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
Hawaiian Electric Cracks Down on Useless Solar Production
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 1743 Views :: Energy

... lower export payments for daytime solar and 'opt-out' reassignment to 'Shift and Save' evening rate hikes ....

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
Judge Dismisses Claims: State cannot be Sued in Federal Court over Lahaina Fire
By Court House News @ 5:00 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... The state is dismissed from a set of federal cases that aim to hold it liable for the deadly wildfires but may still face claims in state court ....

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Friday, April 5, 2024
Lahaina Fire Solution: A Rate Hike, of Course
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 AM :: 1361 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"Making ratepayers to pay for the cost of their negligence and mismanagement is not the way to go"

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Twenty States Ask SCOTUS to Stop Hawaii Supreme Court from Dictating US Energy Policy
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 3226 Views :: Energy, Judiciary

"Major decisions about our national energy policy must be made at the federal level, not dictated by one lawsuit brought by one city in its own courts.”

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Monday, March 25, 2024
HELCO Predicts tight supply of electricity on Hawaii Island Thru April
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 1560 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... especially when wind, solar and hydroelectric output is lower than forecast ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
HECO's Secret Wildfire Plan: Congress Demands Answers
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1784 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... the Hawaii Public Utility Commission revealed it had not seen the document prior to the fires and only learned of its existence when HECO referenced it in HECO’s September 19, 2023, response ....

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Monday, March 18, 2024
AG Points Finger at Maui County: 53 Subpoenas Delay Lahaina Fire Report
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1927 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... The more Maui County is responsible, the less Hawaiian Electric owes.  And Maui County has sovereign immunity against lawsuits ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Change in Law Makes 8% of 'Renewables' Disappear
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 1428 Views :: Energy

... Figures don't lie, but liars figure ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric Tinkers with Solar Subsidies
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 1548 Views :: Energy

... The new programs, originally scheduled to launch March 1, will now be available to customers starting April 1 ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 1355 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
​Major Energy Companies Ask SCOTUS To Intervene In Hawaii Climate Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 1634 Views :: Energy, Environment, Judiciary

... The Supreme Court previously declined energy companies’ request to consider whether the claims should be heard in federal court ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1412 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hawaiian Electric 2023 Annual report: Still profitable except for Lahaina Litigation
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1431 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric is still profitable, unless litigation losses wipe company out ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Big Island: Low Winds Lead to Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 1699 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... Wind resources are forecast to be zero ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 1404 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1506 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... On Thursday, February 8, the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will take up three measures aimed at reducing the financial burden for Hawaiʻi's residents ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 1507 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric blamed reduced solar and wind power as a partial cause of the blackouts ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Maui 'Renewable' Power Plant--Surprise, its Diesel!
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1485 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Biofuel power plant technology is identical to diesel.  When nobody is looking, the plant will switch to diesel, thus saving ratepayers a bundle.  Hawaiian Electric has already done this at least twice ....

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Friday, February 2, 2024
HECO: Blackouts This Weekend Will be Longer than Usual Thanks to New Policy
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 1372 Views :: Energy

"Due to our enhanced wildfire safety protocols, outages in areas designated by the state as at-risk for wildfires may experience longer outages."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1300 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
HECO New Welcome Home Rate: $0.62 per kwh
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1893 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Have a day job?  You are sooo screwed ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Eco-Lawyers to Sue Hawaiian Electric Because Birds Hit Power Lines?
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 1220 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... possible litigation challenging harm to imperiled Hawaiian seabirds caused by power lines and streetlights on Maui and Lāna‘i ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
Hawaii offers a case study on the inadequacies of wind and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 PM :: 1524 Views :: Energy, Environment

... weather-dependent wind and solar reliability issues are becoming more pronounced ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time to ask ‘tough questions’ about state energy policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:54 AM :: 1328 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Are rolling blackouts going to be Hawaii’s “new normal”?  ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
State De-Carbonization Report Debunked
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 1348 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the report presents “aggressive scenarios of emission-reduction targets that will be incredibly challenging" ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:35 PM :: 1534 Views :: Energy, Environment

... If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Oahu Rolling Blackouts Caused by Coal Plant Closure
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 1403 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... In 2020, the Legislature passed a bill that banned coal powered energy production in the State by 2023 ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Giant Tesla Battery system comes online, speeding Hawaii's transition to rolling blackouts
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 2175 Views :: Energy

... KES began operating in mid-December.  They are announcing it now, just after the first round of rolling blackouts.  And, yes, this is an ‘Only in Hawaii’ project.  You know how those go. ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Rolling Blackout Hits Within Days After Kapolei Battery Farm Goes Online
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 2265 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

"...due to heavy cloud cover and rainy conditions across the island, production from solar energy systems has been reduced and battery energy storage systems could not charge...."

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Hawaiian Environmental Activists and Greenpeace USA Protest Deep Sea Mining Ship
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 2410 Views :: Energy, Environment

... "500 Mines Needed" to Make Green Energy Possible ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Kauai: Eco Lawyers Block Green Energy Project
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 1608 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Environment

... Delays caused by lawsuits filed by Earthjustice have resulted in critical project deadlines being missed ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
New Oil Burner: HECO to Repower 76-Year Old Waiau Plant
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 1290 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

..."The proposed repowering of the Waiau facility will be the largest generation project in Hawaiian Electric’s 132-year history."  It will run on oil, but read on to see how HECO conceals this fact....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
HECO 'Clean' Energy: Biodiesel and Batteries
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1369 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric will begin contract negotiations with the developers of 15 renewable energy projects on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Hawaii has the highest electricity prices in the U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1445 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... An analysis of average electricity prices by state shows Hawaii is easily the most expensive at 30.31 cents per kilowatt ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
EPA Completes Removal of Hazardous Materials Following Wildfires on Maui
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1152 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Removed batteries from 94 electric and hybrid vehicles and decommissioned 274 power walls in homes and businesses. Two containers with more than 30 tons of decommissioned battery material were shipped off the island ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Kauai: 8% Electric Rate Hike for KIUC
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1429 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is only the second time in KIUC’s 20-year history – and the first time in 12 years – that a rate increase was sought ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
China Could Play Major Role in Drafting New Regulations for Seabed Mining, Says U.N. Official
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 1180 Views :: Energy, Environment, Military

“...China is the largest financial contributor....”

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Maui: Another Solar Project Collapses
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 315 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Of 5 solar projects approved on Maui since 2018, only 1 is being built ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
HECO Evening Rates to Double under 'Shift and Save' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1859 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... when you come home from work, you will be paying 52 cents per kilowatt-hour on Oahu, and 62 cents per kilowatt-hour on the Big Island ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
"500 Mines Needed" to Make Green Energy Possible
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2179 Views :: Energy, Environment

... GreenPeace Attacks Mining Research Ship East of Hawaii ....

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