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Stewart Yerton

Hawaii Utilities Regulators Are Worried About Rising Electric Rates Blue Planet Foundation

Hawaii Utilities Regulators Are Worried About Rising Electric Rates

Commissioners are pushing HECO to do more to keep prices in check and customers from leaving the system.

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu

Salvage the Rail proposes ditching the over-budget elevated railway plan in much of the city.

Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners

After the deadly Honolulu high-rise fire, some banks say they are also offering help to meet mortgage payments.

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers? Hawaii Technology Development Corp./University of Hawaii Community Design Center

Why Is A High-Tech Agency Building A Center For Cops And Rescue Workers?

The project raises questions about whether the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. is stepping away from its mission and legislative mandate.

Cybersecurity Experts Exchange Tricks Of The Trade In Honolulu Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Cybersecurity Experts Exchange Tricks Of The Trade In Honolulu

Political motives are driving hackers these days along with more sophisticated financial scams.

Ohio Firm To Buy Hawaiian Telcom For $650 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ohio Firm To Buy Hawaiian Telcom For $650 Million

The company says the deal with Cincinnati Bell won’t lead to the layoff of any of the company’s 1,300 employees in Hawaii.

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes

Critics say one of the options to pay for the over-budget Honolulu rail project — extending the general excise tax — would unfairly burden the poor.

HECO’s $205 Million Grid Plan Aims For Two-Way Flow Of Solar Power Jon Callas/Flickr.com

HECO’s $205 Million Grid Plan Aims For Two-Way Flow Of Solar Power

Public comments are being taken through Aug. 9 on a rough draft of the utility’s scaled-back upgrade proposal.

Matson Reaches Union Deal And Avoids Strike Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Matson Reaches Union Deal And Avoids Strike

UPDATED: A settlement averts a possible work stoppage for the company that ships 70 to 80 percent of the goods imported into Hawaii.

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels

Developers can build higher and denser as long as the city finds that their projects promote “transit-enhanced neighborhoods.”

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

The HART board unanimously approved a budget increase to pay for rising staff and equipment costs, as well as a bump in executive salaries.

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid Blue Planet Foundation

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid

Hawaiian Electric is drafting a new strategy after regulators rejected an earlier $736 million proposal in part because it didn’t serve solar users well.