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Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber? Flickr

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

If the power company became more like the ride-hailing service in its pricing system and motivations, it might help bring down electricity prices.
Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail? Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail?

Not all electricity is created equal. Maximize daytime demand for the product, and we might wean ourselves off oil and reduce the cost of living in the islands.
Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii

The head of Hawaiian Electric Co. talks about Hawaii’s 2045 renewable energy goals and how unique conditions help keep the islands' power bills so high.
Is Anybody More Local Than Ben Cayetano? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Anybody More Local Than Ben Cayetano?

Hawaii’s remarkable ethnic and racial diversity and the social tension that comes with it is the subject of a new Connections thread. Who better to kick off that discussion than a man who has worked through it all?
Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities NASA

Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities

New data suggests that Hawaii's middle class may have lost more ground in 2014.
Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion

Opponents of the status quo are pushing for an energy revolution. The ultimate question, though, is about cost.
Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy Paul Bica/Flickr

Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy

Given Hawaii's high cost of living, the state may not meet its ambitious renewable energy goals without first lowering the nation's highest electricity rates.
Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers istock.com

Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers

Opponents of NextEra Energy’s $4.3 billion bid to buy Hawaiian Electric have publicly blasted the merger. But that posturing has sparked negotiations that over the next few months should lead to more benefits and cost-savings for consumers.
Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives

Hawaii is making a big-money gamble as it shifts from oil-powered electric generation to renewable energy sources, infusing the industry with its own new energy.