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NextEra: Efficiency, Expertise and a Penchant for Getting What It Wants Courtesy of NextEra Energy

NextEra: Efficiency, Expertise and a Penchant for Getting What It Wants

The company looking to buy Hawaii's electric utilities will likely seek to own and operate sustainable energy projects, experts say.
HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects KIUC

HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects

The electric utility has submitted six new contracts to the Public Utilities Commission for review.
Hawaiian Electric Sale Raises Concerns Over Solar, Rates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric Sale Raises Concerns Over Solar, Rates

UPDATED: NextEra Energy agrees to $4.3 billion deal; American Savings Bank will be spun off as a publicly traded company.
Filing Period Opens for Neighborhood Board Candidates

Filing Period Opens for Neighborhood Board Candidates

Oahu residents have from now until February 20, 2015 to file to run for a seat on their Neighborhood Board.
Caldwell Signs Bill Banning Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks in Oahu Commercial Districts

Caldwell Signs Bill Banning Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks in Oahu Commercial Districts

UPDATED: Bill 48 is an expansion of an earlier measure that bans sitting and lying on Waikiki sidewalks.
Officials Will Have to Wait on Plan to Restrict Hawaii’s Plentiful Cesspools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Officials Will Have to Wait on Plan to Restrict Hawaii’s Plentiful Cesspools

UPDATED: Neil Abercrombie leaves office without signing off on rules that would ban new cesspools and require property owners to eventually upgrade to septic tanks.
Carbone Speaks Out About His Resignation From UH Cancer Center Courtesy UH Manoa

Carbone Speaks Out About His Resignation From UH Cancer Center

Michele Carbone totes his successes while dismissing critics as "jealous." He also says he's been the subject of "false attacks" by the media.
Caldwell Picks Olelo CEO to be City’s New Managing Director, Sources Say

Caldwell Picks Olelo CEO to be City’s New Managing Director, Sources Say

Roy Amemiya will replace Ember Shinn, who has helped shape public policy on Honolulu homelessness and affordable housing, as well as budget priorities.
Tommy Waters Seeks Recount in City Council District 4 Race Courtesy of the candidates

Tommy Waters Seeks Recount in City Council District 4 Race

Trevor Ozawa was declared the victor over Waters by 41 votes in the race to represent East Honolulu.
Dear Mayor: Complaints about the Homeless Pour Into Caldwell’s Office

Dear Mayor: Complaints about the Homeless Pour Into Caldwell’s Office

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell received about 100 letters and emails in three months complaining about the homeless. Most are from local residents, not tourists.
Michele Carbone Steps Down as Head of UH Cancer Center PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Michele Carbone Steps Down as Head of UH Cancer Center

Numerous faculty members at the center had complained about Carbone, who was also implicated in the firing of UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.
Council Committee Advances Measure to Ease Restrictions on Ohana Units PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Council Committee Advances Measure to Ease Restrictions on Ohana Units

The resolution aimed at increasing affordable housing would allow property owners to rent out space to the general public. It won't becoming law anytime soon.