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Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO)

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.
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.
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.
Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions

A risk analysis by the sustainable investment firm Ulupono projects that switching to LNG could save Hawaii at least $7.3 billion over 15 years.
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.
HECO/NextEra Merger: An Important Decision We Need To Get Right Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

HECO/NextEra Merger: An Important Decision We Need To Get Right

The PUC is giving the public opportunities to speak out on the deal this month and next. Issues being raised will be critical to the state's energy future.
Ige Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas for HECO Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas for HECO

UPDATED: The governor formerly supported LNG as a "transitional fuel," but he says much has changed regarding its economics.
Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form

UPDATED: In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission on Monday, Jeffrey Ono says the proposed $4.3 billion deal offers "illusory and inadequate" benefits.
HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People Jon Callas/Flickr.com

HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People

The utility's latest move to discourage rooftop solar installations jeopardizes families' ability to claim a federal tax credit.

July 2018

Tuesday, July 10

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image?

May 2018

Thursday, May 24

Is HECO ‘Dragging Anchor’ On Push To Renewable Energy?

March 2018

Thursday, March 29

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

Friday, March 9

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

January 2018

Friday, January 26

Hawaii May Plug Loopholes In Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal

December 2017

Thursday, December 28

Will Renters Soon Power Their Apartments With Solar?

Thursday, December 7

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

August 2017

Thursday, August 24

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away

June 2017

Thursday, June 22

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid

November 2016

Monday, November 7

Todd Simmons: NextEra’s Solar Shenanigans In The Sunshine State

July 2016

Monday, July 18

Other Suitors For Hawaiian Electric

June 2016

Tuesday, June 14

Why Is Hawaiian Electric Pulling The Plug On So Many Power Deals?

April 2016

Thursday, April 14

Aborted Solar Projects Create Headaches For HECO and Regulators

March 2016

Tuesday, March 1

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid?

February 2016

Thursday, February 25

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger?

Friday, February 19

Fortune: The Top Energy Company Is NextEra

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

Monday, February 8

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

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions

November 2015

Friday, November 20

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

September 2015

Wednesday, September 9

HECO/NextEra Merger: An Important Decision We Need To Get Right

August 2015

Monday, August 24

Ige Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas for HECO

Monday, August 10

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form

July 2015

Tuesday, July 14

HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People

April 2015

Monday, April 13

Maui Electric Plans Could Stall Move To Total Use of Renewable Energy

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar

Wednesday, February 18

Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details

Wednesday, January 21

HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative

December 2014

Monday, December 15

NextEra, Let’s Clear the Air About HECO Purchase

Friday, December 5

HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects

November 2014

Monday, November 10

HECO: Hawaii Is a Leader in Clean Energy Solutions

October 2014

Thursday, October 9

Solar Darkness — Is Hawaii Trapped in a Grim HECO Fairy Tale?

September 2014

Wednesday, September 24

HECO Begins Smart Grid Rollout on Oahu

Tuesday, September 23

Campaign Corner: Daring the Public to Comment on New HECO Plan

Friday, September 19

HECO Executives Take Heat from Lawmakers, Solar Industry

Wednesday, September 17

HECO Ratepayers, You’re Going to Pay

Tuesday, September 16

HECO Asks Oahu Customers To Cut Back on Electricity to Avoid Power Outages

Tuesday, September 9

Have You Caught Wind of What’s Missing From HECO’s Energy Plan?

Friday, September 5

HECO Warns Customers To Disconnect Rogue Solar Systems

August 2014

Friday, August 29

The Projector: The Governor’s Race and HECO’s Renewable Power Play

Thursday, August 28

Does HECO Have a Plan for the 21st Century?

Tuesday, August 26

HECO Plans Promise Cleaner Energy at Lower Costs by 2030

Tuesday, August 5

HECO Warns Residents About Electrical Risks in Anticipation of Storm

May 2014

Wednesday, May 7

Hawaii Monitor: Could HECO Fade Like Evening Newspapers and Ma Bell?

February 2014

Sunday, February 2

Hawaii Energy Policy Has Driven Up Electric Bills As HECO Maintains Profits

January 2014

Wednesday, January 29

Hawaiian Electric Grants Polynesian Voyaging Society $250,000

December 2013

Friday, December 27

I Aloha Molokai Sings Holiday Wishes to HECO’s CEO

Wednesday, December 11

Molokai Considers Forming Electric Co-Op to Break HECO Monopoly

November 2013

Tuesday, November 12

Solar Farm Surprise? HECO Won’t Say Where It’s Putting New Huge Energy Projects

Wednesday, November 6

HECO Pushing Forward on Nine Solar Farms for Oahu

October 2013

Saturday, October 26

HECO Solar Problems Send Schools Scrambling To Pay Electric Bills

Thursday, October 24

HECO Has New Hotline for Power Outages

Tuesday, October 22

HECO: 80 Percent of Circuits On Oahu Have Room for Solar

July 2013

Tuesday, July 30

Independent Expert Rejects HECO’s Five-Year Energy Plans

Thursday, July 18

HECO Exec Robbie Alm Resigns

Thursday, July 11

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

Wednesday, July 10

Top Hawaii Officials Say They Doubt HECO Can Do a Cable-Free Energy Plan

June 2013

Friday, June 14

HECO’s New Energy Plan Needs More Work, Some Who Worked On It Say

Thursday, June 13

HECO’s New Five-Year Energy Plan Calls For Lowering Electric Bills

Tuesday, June 11

Wake Up Call: PUC Promises HECO a Microscope and a Big Stick

January 2013

Sunday, January 27

Maui’s Hopes to Turn Its Trash Into Energy Could Be Dashed by HECO

Wednesday, January 23

Delay In HECO’s Energy Plan Is Driving Up Costs For Developers

Wednesday, January 16

Is HECO Seriously Damaging Its Credibility?

Friday, January 11

HECO: We Need Liquefied Natural Gas

August 2012

Friday, August 17

Should Volcano’s Haze Mean Refineries Don’t Have To Reduce Pollution?

June 2012

Thursday, June 14

Report: Envisioning The Demise Of HECO

February 2012

Wednesday, February 1

Want Solar Panels? You May Have to Pay HECO Thousands in Studies

January 2012

Tuesday, January 10

HECO: Japan Tsunami Keeping Hawaii Electric Rates High

August 2011

Thursday, August 25

Hawaii Regulators Shoot Down HECO Request to Reconsider ‘Big Wind’

July 2011

Thursday, July 28

HECO Wants Regulators to Rethink Big Wind Ruling