NextEra Energy and the three utilities that fall under Hawaiian Electric — Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company and Maui Electric Company — have announced a series of 13 open house informational meetings across the state next month.
“To introduce residents to NextEra Energy and the benefits of the companies’ pending merger as well as to provide members of the public with the opportunity to provide input directly to company officials,” according to a press release.
The NextEra-HEI deal is a big deal, one that is pending before the Public Utilities Commission and one that has attracted lots of concerns.
The Hawaiian Electric building in downtown Honolulu.
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“NextEra Energy shares Hawaiian Electric’s vision of increasing renewable energy, modernizing its grid, reducing Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil, integrating more rooftop solar energy and, importantly, lowering customer bills,” Eric Gleason, president of NextEra Energy Hawaii, said in a press release. “We recognize that addressing Hawaii’s energy challenges requires Hawaii-specific energy solutions, and that is why we look forward to meeting with and listening to residents across Hawaii.”
Each meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where representatives from NextEra Energy and HEI will share their thoughts and listen to yours. The dates and locations are as follows:
Central Maui: Maui Electric Auditorium
South Maui: Kihei Community Center
West Maui: Lahaina Civic Center
Lanai: Lanai Community Center
Molokai: Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria
Hilo, Hawaii: Hilo High School Cafeteria
Puna, Hawaii: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
Waimea, Hawaii: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall
West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria
Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room
Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa
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