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Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Ige Picks UH Energy Expert To Serve On PUC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Picks UH Energy Expert To Serve On PUC

The governor nominates Jennifer Potter to replace Lorraine Akiba as of July 1 on the Public Utilities Commission.

Auditor: PUC Isn’t Keeping Its Eye On ‘Big-Picture Matters’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Auditor: PUC Isn’t Keeping Its Eye On ‘Big-Picture Matters’

The Public Utilities Commission staff is overloaded and lacks the proper tools and guidance, according to a state report.

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

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.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now

The governor has found a new member to serve after the Senate rejected his last choice.

Hawaii Senate Refuses To Confirm Gorak To The PUC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Refuses To Confirm Gorak To The PUC

Opponents see the rejection as payback against Gov. David Ige for opposing NextEra Energy’s $4.3 billion attempt to buy Hawaii’s utility.

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission

UPDATED But the full Senate will ultimately decide whether Tom Gorak’s appointment to the PUC will be confirmed.

Court: PUC Appointment Stands Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court: PUC Appointment Stands

The judge dismissed a legal challenge to Hawaii Gov. David Ige's interim appointment of Public Utilities Commissioner Tom Gorak.
Hawaii Judge Mulls Legality Of Governor’s PUC Appointment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Mulls Legality Of Governor’s PUC Appointment

It likely won't affect the NextEra deal, but the ruling could affect the governor's power to make interim appointments in certain cases.
NextEra Opponents Take Victory Lap, Ponder Hawaii’s Energy Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NextEra Opponents Take Victory Lap, Ponder Hawaii’s Energy Future

They want Hawaiian Electric Industries to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to figure out what comes next.
Other Suitors For Hawaiian Electric Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other Suitors For Hawaiian Electric

Gov. David Ige would not name names, but he said "there is interest by more than one company."
Investigation Sought After ‘Smear Complaint’ Against Utility Regulator Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Investigation Sought After ‘Smear Complaint’ Against Utility Regulator

The head of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is concerned about external efforts to influence the decision on NextEra's buyout of Hawaiian Electric.
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