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Report Indicates Oahu’s Illegal Vacation Rentals Outnumber Permitted Ones Cory Lum/ Civil Beat

Report Indicates Oahu’s Illegal Vacation Rentals Outnumber Permitted Ones

Commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the report attempts to quantify vacation rentals advertised on the Internet.
Energy Companies Jockey for Position in Hawaii Natural Gas Rush State of Connecticut

Energy Companies Jockey for Position in Hawaii Natural Gas Rush

NextEra's plan to buy Hawaii Electric Co. could jeopardize the Hawaii Gas plan to control the natural gas market. Ultimately, it's up to the PUC.
Executive Indicted on Charges of Taking $4M from Telecom Company

Executive Indicted on Charges of Taking $4M from Telecom Company

A federal grand jury has indicted Al Hee for allegedly using millions of dollars from his telecom company to pay for personal and family expenses.
New Solar Projects Projected to Increase Oahu Electricity Bills Doug Murray/FPL

New Solar Projects Projected to Increase Oahu Electricity Bills

Hawaii's plans to ship in natural gas could make solar contracts less attractive. Meanwhile, Hawaii solar prices remain much higher than on the mainland.
New Fuel Contamination Detected in Red Hill Monitoring Wells PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Fuel Contamination Detected in Red Hill Monitoring Wells

Findings suggest the plume of leaked fuel below the Navy facility has migrated in the direction of drinking water supplies.
Will Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Expand Again to Target the Homeless Outside Malls? Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Will Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Expand Again to Target the Homeless Outside Malls?

The City Council postpones a vote on Bill 62, which would ban sitting and lying on sidewalks and planters in five downtown Honolulu and Chinatown malls.
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.