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How A Powerful Lawmaker Forced Through A Contentious Energy Bill Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

How A Powerful Lawmaker Forced Through A Contentious Energy Bill

When Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz’s pet legislation faced opposition from Rep. Nicole Lowen, he suddenly intervened with the power to make or break her bills.

Hawaii Utility Regulators Reject Hu Honua Biomass Power Plant Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Utility Regulators Reject Hu Honua Biomass Power Plant

In its 2-1 decision, the PUC listed a variety of reasons why the company should not be granted an amended power purchase agreement with HELCO.

Lower Electric Bills Or More Jobs? Hawaii Grapples With A Green Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Lower Electric Bills Or More Jobs? Hawaii Grapples With A Green Economy

Lawmakers did an abrupt — and secretive — about-face as the session ended when they revamped a bill putting limits on some renewable energy sources.

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects Courtesy: Hawaiian Electric

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects

Inflation and supply chain disruptions have made the utility-scale solar projects too costly, but the developer is hopeful it’s only a delay.

Electric Vehicles Are On The Rise In Hawaii. Can Charging Infrastructure Keep Up? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Electric Vehicles Are On The Rise In Hawaii. Can Charging Infrastructure Keep Up?

Many Hawaii residents living in apartment buildings and other multi-family dwellings lack direct access to electric vehicle charging stations.

Hawaiian Electric May Have To Build A New Oil-Fired Power Plant On Maui Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaiian Electric May Have To Build A New Oil-Fired Power Plant On Maui

The shutdown of a spare parts supplier in Japan is threatening the ability of Maui’s electric utility to keep a series of 1980s generators firing.

A Bill To Finance A New Waste-To-Energy Plant On Oahu Raises Questions City and County of Honolulu/2017

A Bill To Finance A New Waste-To-Energy Plant On Oahu Raises Questions

The city is already unable to deliver enough waste to H-POWER, and critics say burning trash is out of step with the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Senate Committee Recommends Kuwaye’s Appointment To The PUC Screenshot: Hawaii Senate/2022

Senate Committee Recommends Kuwaye’s Appointment To The PUC

The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee voted 4-1 to send the nominee to a floor vote.

Hawaii Consumer Advocate Opposes Bioenergy Power Plant On Big Island Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat/2018

Hawaii Consumer Advocate Opposes Bioenergy Power Plant On Big Island

Critics say there are too many outstanding questions for the Public Utilities Commission to approve the Hu Honua project.

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects Courtesy: Hawaiian Electric

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects

Inflation and supply chain disruptions have made the utility-scale solar projects too costly, but the developer is hopeful it’s only a delay.

Electric Vehicles Are On The Rise In Hawaii. Can Charging Infrastructure Keep Up? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Electric Vehicles Are On The Rise In Hawaii. Can Charging Infrastructure Keep Up?

Many Hawaii residents living in apartment buildings and other multi-family dwellings lack direct access to electric vehicle charging stations.

Hawaiian Electric May Have To Build A New Oil-Fired Power Plant On Maui Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaiian Electric May Have To Build A New Oil-Fired Power Plant On Maui

The shutdown of a spare parts supplier in Japan is threatening the ability of Maui’s electric utility to keep a series of 1980s generators firing.

A Bill To Finance A New Waste-To-Energy Plant On Oahu Raises Questions City and County of Honolulu/2017

A Bill To Finance A New Waste-To-Energy Plant On Oahu Raises Questions

The city is already unable to deliver enough waste to H-POWER, and critics say burning trash is out of step with the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Senate Committee Recommends Kuwaye’s Appointment To The PUC Screenshot: Hawaii Senate/2022

Senate Committee Recommends Kuwaye’s Appointment To The PUC

The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee voted 4-1 to send the nominee to a floor vote.

Hawaii Consumer Advocate Opposes Bioenergy Power Plant On Big Island Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat/2018

Hawaii Consumer Advocate Opposes Bioenergy Power Plant On Big Island

Critics say there are too many outstanding questions for the Public Utilities Commission to approve the Hu Honua project.

Burning Wood For Power? It’s A Question Utilities Commission Nominee Will Face Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Burning Wood For Power? It’s A Question Utilities Commission Nominee Will Face

A key state senator is pushing for adding “firm renewables” to Hawaii’s mix of electricity sources, including two controversial projects.

Big Island Mayor Asks Governor to Declare Energy Emergency Submitted

Big Island Mayor Asks Governor to Declare Energy Emergency

Citing the expectation that the price of power on the Big Island is expected to rise by 20%, Mayor Mitch Roth says an emergency declaration is warranted.

Kauai Quit Using Oil To Produce Most Of Its Electricity Years Ago. That’s Paying Off Now AES Distributed Energy

Kauai Quit Using Oil To Produce Most Of Its Electricity Years Ago. That’s Paying Off Now

Oil prices are surging due to the Russian invasion, but the island’s dwindling reliance on fossil fuels is helping to stabilize utility bills.