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Care to Weigh in on the Deal Between NextEra and Hawaiian Electric? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care to Weigh in on the Deal Between NextEra and Hawaiian Electric?

The companies will be hosting a series of "open house informational meetings" about the pending merger across the state in April.
Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

The initial program is not going to benefit renters at all, and very few homeowners. Only nonprofits — and well-established ones at that — are going to be eligible to participate.
Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works

If PUC gives its approval, a total of 1,400 acres of panels could spring up, mostly in central Oahu.
Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale

NextEra deal sparks talk of acquiring local control of the electric utility.
Are Hawaiian Electric and NextEra Energy ‘Getting Married?’ Ewen Roberts/Flickr

Are Hawaiian Electric and NextEra Energy ‘Getting Married?’

Company officials are describing the proposed deal in many ways, including a "marriage," "partnership" and "combination," blurring the true nature of the acquisition.
Harris: Hawaii Electric Rates Are Up 50 Percent Since 2009 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Harris: Hawaii Electric Rates Are Up 50 Percent Since 2009

Electricity rates have been rising in Hawaii over the last five years, adding to the high cost of living.
Going Off the Grid and the Solar Industry’s Holy Grail Courtesy: Island Pacific Energy

Going Off the Grid and the Solar Industry’s Holy Grail

Technological advances could spur more people in Hawaii to abandon HECO.
Hawaii Regulators Stop Plans for Lanai Wind Farm, Undersea Cable Hawaiian Electric Co.

Hawaii Regulators Stop Plans for Lanai Wind Farm, Undersea Cable

The PUC takes actions that could dramatically change how HECO moves forward with renewable energy plans.
HECO Says Residents With Solar Aren’t Paying Their Fair Share of Costs Courtesy of ProVision Solar

HECO Says Residents With Solar Aren’t Paying Their Fair Share of Costs

Utility says it's discussion needed on boosting costs for homeowners and businesses with solar panels.
A Very Special Fund Keeps Hawaii’s Electric Bills High

A Very Special Fund Keeps Hawaii’s Electric Bills High

By sapping energy commission funding, are lawmakers robbing Paul to pay Peter, and leaving us to foot the bill?
The Public Utilities Commission Finally Generates Some Sparks

The Public Utilities Commission Finally Generates Some Sparks

Could your power bills go down as PUC regulators hint at new era of assertive, but fair, leadership? We may find out.
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission: Big Issues Mark 100th Birthday

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission: Big Issues Mark 100th Birthday

Your electric bills and the state's clean energy future rest in the hands of three people.
Energy in Hawaii