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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.
Senate President Wants AG Opinion On Ige’s PUC Appointment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate President Wants AG Opinion On Ige’s PUC Appointment

UPDATED  The three-member Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide any day now whether to approve the $4.3 billion NextEra Energy merger.
Hawaiian Electric: It’s ‘Misconception’ That Merger Deal Expires Friday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric: It’s ‘Misconception’ That Merger Deal Expires Friday

Company officials aren't too concerned about the deadline for either side to walk away from the $4.3 billion buyout without paying $95 million in fees.
Aborted Solar Projects Create Headaches For HECO and Regulators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Aborted Solar Projects Create Headaches For HECO and Regulators

With SunEdison reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy, its three solar projects on Oahu remain on life support.
NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member?

PUC commissioner Mike Champley could be off the board on June 30. That puts a new card in Gov. David Ige's hand.
House Defines ‘Substantial Net Benefit’ For Utility Merger Proposals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Defines ‘Substantial Net Benefit’ For Utility Merger Proposals

A legislative committee adopted the same terms that state energy regulators are using in the NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric merger case.
What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid?

The lengthy hearing process ended Tuesday and regulators are expected to begin weighing whether the $4.3 billion deal to buy Hawaiian Electric is in Hawaii's best interest.
Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger?

Many organizations have spoken out against the purchase of Hawaiian Electric, but not much has been heard from certain supporters.
Fortune: The Top Energy Company Is NextEra NextEra Energy/Screenshot

Fortune: The Top Energy Company Is NextEra

The Florida-based power company that is trying to buy Hawaiian Electric ranked first or second on an array of the business magazine's metrics.
Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators? Doug Murray/FPL

Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators?

Utility regulators who rejected a massive rate hike six years ago for a NextEra subsidiary soon found themselves out of a job.
Hawaiian Electric Against ‘Substantial Net Benefit’ For Utility Merger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric Against ‘Substantial Net Benefit’ For Utility Merger

The company is fighting lawmakers' efforts to make it a legal standard for mergers, replacing one that requires no net harm.
Pointing to Hawaii Gas, NextEra Claims It Faces A Double Standard Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Pointing to Hawaii Gas, NextEra Claims It Faces A Double Standard

Lawyers for the power company looking to buy Hawaiian Electric suggest the gas company had an easier time when it was purchased.
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