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Ormat Awarded Big Island Geothermal Contract Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Ormat Awarded Big Island Geothermal Contract

Hawaii Electric Light Co. has selected Ormat Technologies to provide an additional 25-megawatts of geothermal energy to the Big Island. The…
Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

In his State of the City address, the Honolulu mayor emphasized infrastructure progress while pressing for more money to fund the troubled rail project.
Caldwell to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Caldwell to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address

Mayor Kirk Caldwell will deliver his third annual State of the City address on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Foster…
Hawaii Solar Industry Hemorrhaging Jobs Blue Planet Foundation

Hawaii Solar Industry Hemorrhaging Jobs

Hawaii’s solar industry has lost 400 jobs since 2013 and currently employs 2,200 people, according to a new report released…
Councilman Menor Proposes New Housing Office PF Benley/Civil Beat

Councilman Menor Proposes New Housing Office

Councilman Ron Menor introduced a resolution on Thursday that would establish a city housing office in charge of affordable housing and housing for…
NYTimes: The Debate Over Housing the Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NYTimes: The Debate Over Housing the Homeless

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council have placed a major emphasis on a so-called Housing First strategy that…
Senate Confirmation Panel to Take Up Ching Nomination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Confirmation Panel to Take Up Ching Nomination

The Senate Water and Land Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Carleton Ching, Gov. David Ige’s pick to…
Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO

A dozen groups have asked the PUC to rule on long-term energy plans for the electric utility before reviewing its proposed the sale.
Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works

If PUC gives its approval, a total of 1,400 acres of panels could spring up, mostly in central Oahu.
Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale

NextEra deal sparks talk of acquiring local control of the electric utility.
Waning of Hawaii’s Solar Boom is Getting Noticed Courtesy of ProVision Solar

Waning of Hawaii’s Solar Boom is Getting Noticed

Hawaii far outpaces other states when it comes to rooftop solar with now nearly 12 percent of customers pulling electricity…
Is Carleton Ching the Man to Protect Hawaii’s Public Lands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Carleton Ching the Man to Protect Hawaii’s Public Lands?

Important issues are ahead for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and some of them are likely to involve the company that currently employs the nominee to head the agency.