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Big Island: Wood-Burning Power Plant Raises Environmental Concerns Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Wood-Burning Power Plant Raises Environmental Concerns

A facility that plans to burn 30 truckloads of eucalyptus logs daily requires massive amounts of water for cooling.

Wind Farms Want Permission To Kill More Bats — A Lot More Forest and Kim Starr

Wind Farms Want Permission To Kill More Bats — A Lot More

In a “conservation conundrum,” projects to produce more clean energy are a threat to Hawaii’s only native land mammal.

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy

Among the biggest splits between the two Democratic contenders is whether natural gas should be part of the state’s energy future.

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change

Offsetting carbon emissions by doing things like planting trees is the vision, but it’s far from ready to be implemented.

Blue Planet: From ‘Harry Potter’ To Formidable Political Force Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blue Planet: From ‘Harry Potter’ To Formidable Political Force

The foundation’s vision of moving Hawaii to 100 percent renewable energy is now central to the state’s energy plan — and has some traction on the mainland.

 

HECO: More Than Half Of Us Will Be Driving Electric Vehicles By 2045 Washington State House Republicans

HECO: More Than Half Of Us Will Be Driving Electric Vehicles By 2045

The state’s largest power utility is preparing for a surge in ownership of EVs during the next 30 years.

Modernizing Hawaii’s Electric Grid For Less Than $1 A Month Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Modernizing Hawaii’s Electric Grid For Less Than $1 A Month

Hawaiian Electric Co. needs to upgrade its distribution system to accommodate mushrooming rooftop solar.

Experts: New Solar Panel Tariff Won’t Hurt Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts: New Solar Panel Tariff Won’t Hurt Hawaii

The Trump administration recently decided to impose a 30 percent duty on imported solar panels to help U.S. panel makers.

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’

A scathing report cites the office's failure to document what it's doing to help Hawaii's transition to renewable energy resources.
Will Renters Soon Power Their Apartments With Solar? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Renters Soon Power Their Apartments With Solar?

A new Community-Based Renewable Energy program is designed to open the door for people previously shut out of the solar market

Why Hawaii Residents Can’t Build Their Own Private Power Grids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Residents Can’t Build Their Own Private Power Grids

As solar systems and battery storage gain popularity, some say Hawaii’s law needs to catch up with the technology.

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.

Energy in Hawaii