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HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative

Hawaiian Electric Co. says it can accommodate a lot more solar on its grids, but it hopes to slash by half what it pays customers for their rooftop solar.
Ige Picks Randy Iwase for Hawaii’s PUC Chair as Major Energy Decisions Loom

Ige Picks Randy Iwase for Hawaii’s PUC Chair as Major Energy Decisions Loom

Iwase will take the helm of the Public Utilities Commission as it reviews the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra.
Big Island Geothermal Plant Fined for Clean Air Violations Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Big Island Geothermal Plant Fined for Clean Air Violations

The Puna geothermal plant on the Big Island has been fined $23,700 by the state Department of Health for violations…
Clean Energy Groups Urge Regulators to Hold off on NextEra Approvals PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Clean Energy Groups Urge Regulators to Hold off on NextEra Approvals

Twelve groups are urging the Public Utilities Commission to postpone its review of Hawaiian Electric's sale to NextEra. They say Hawaii needs an energy roadmap first.
Oahu Residents Asked to Cut Energy Use Again Flickr/Travis Thurston

Oahu Residents Asked to Cut Energy Use Again

HECO is still trying to stave off power outages as it works to repair some of its downed generators.
Honolulu Nonprofits Say the City Is Ignoring Them on Loan Requests Michael Levine/Civil Beat

Honolulu Nonprofits Say the City Is Ignoring Them on Loan Requests

The city forgave a $1.2 million loan to ORI. Now four others want their loans zeroed out, too. Federal officials are concerned the city isn't playing fair.
PUC Chair Mina Morita Resigns Civil Beat

PUC Chair Mina Morita Resigns

Mina Morita, the embattled chair of Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission, has resigned, according to a press release from Gov. David…
Hawaiian Electric Execs Could Get Big Payouts in NextEra Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric Execs Could Get Big Payouts in NextEra Deal

Top HEI executives, including CEO Connie Lau, would be paid millions of dollars if their employment is terminated.
Attorneys Question Hawaii PUC’s Approval of Wind Farm PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Attorneys Question Hawaii PUC’s Approval of Wind Farm

Environmental lawyers say that the Public Utilities Commission shouldn't have signed off on the Na Pua Makani wind farm before its environmental review is complete.
The High Price of Wind Energy in Breezy Hawaii Hawaiian Electric Co.

The High Price of Wind Energy in Breezy Hawaii

Oahu residents will be paying six times the national average for wind energy produced at the North Shore's newly approved Na Pua Makani wind farm.
Kahuku ‘Is Going To Be Surrounded by Wind Turbines’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Kahuku ‘Is Going To Be Surrounded by Wind Turbines’

Hawaii Consumer Advocate says the PUC should have waited for an environmental review before approving another North Shore wind farm.
Honolulu Zoo Loses Another Director Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Honolulu Zoo Loses Another Director

Jeffrey Wilkinson has resigned from his position as director of the Honolulu Zoo for personal reasons, according to a Monday…