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EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator Ormat Technologies Inc.

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

The operator of Hawaii's sole geothermal power plant is fined more than $76,000 for accidental chemical releases in 2013.
When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

NextEra Energy’s proposed takeover of Hawaii's century-old utility has sparked a renewed effort to establish an electric utility co-op on Hawaii Island.
Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

The substantial drop in oil prices has complicated NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric, and could make it harder for Hawaii to accept the company.
NextEra Energy Merger: The Real Action Is In The Politicking Courtesy of TASC

NextEra Energy Merger: The Real Action Is In The Politicking

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission will ultimately decide if the $4.3 billion deal should be approved, but that hasn't stopped polling, press conferences and news releases.
NextEra Deal: Critical Hearings Set To Begin In $4.3B Merger Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NextEra Deal: Critical Hearings Set To Begin In $4.3B Merger Case

Top state officials remain opposed to the proposed deal between Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra Energy, but the utility companies say it's in the public's best interest.
Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

A time-of-use pilot project on Kauai is expected to bring down costs for people who sign up for it. But it could have future payoffs for all customers.
Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution? Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Hawaiian Electric wants to offer shockingly lower rates to customers — at least for part of the day.
Bring On The Merger Case: Hawaii Energy Regulators Get Reinforcements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bring On The Merger Case: Hawaii Energy Regulators Get Reinforcements

Meanwhile, the Consumer Advocate office is still struggling to fill vacancies as it represents the public in utility matters.
Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out?

A company that thrived for more than a century in the islands is ready to sell. It is a good deal for executives and, the power company’s CEO argues, for the rest of us, too.
Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber? Flickr

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

If the power company became more like the ride-hailing service in its pricing system and motivations, it might help bring down electricity prices.
Utility Merger or Election Campaign? Debate Over NextEra Deal Blurs the Line TASC/Screenshot

Utility Merger or Election Campaign? Debate Over NextEra Deal Blurs the Line

The proposed $4.3 billion sale of Hawaiian Electric has featured everything from attack ads to high-powered consultants.
NextEra Merger Takes Back Seat to Co-op Talk on Big Island Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

NextEra Merger Takes Back Seat to Co-op Talk on Big Island

The Public Utilities Commission hears a lot about alternative utility ownership models, but little about a proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries.
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