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Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO)

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

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

MECO's plan to embrace natural gas would come at the expense of investments in wind, solar and other renewable sources.
Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar Ed Kashi

Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar

Naomi Klein delivers inspiring speech at University of Hawaii.
Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO

A dozen groups have asked the PUC to rule on long-term energy plans for the electric utility before reviewing its proposed the sale.
Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details

Hawaii lawmakers express frustration about the lack of specifics when it comes to the utility companies' future business plans.
HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative

Hawaiian Electric Co. says it can accommodate a lot more solar on its grids, but it hopes to slash by half what it pays customers for their rooftop solar.
NextEra, Let’s Clear the Air About HECO Purchase PF Bentley/Civil Beat

NextEra, Let’s Clear the Air About HECO Purchase

The sale of the power company to NextEra could lead to big changes in Hawaii. But will they be good or bad?
HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects KIUC

HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects

The electric utility has submitted six new contracts to the Public Utilities Commission for review.
HECO: Hawaii Is a Leader in Clean Energy Solutions PF Bentley/Civil Beat

HECO: Hawaii Is a Leader in Clean Energy Solutions

Giving our customers more choices is a key part of our energy plan.
Solar Darkness — Is Hawaii Trapped in a Grim HECO Fairy Tale? ProVision Solar

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

When it comes to those who envision a solar future for Hawaii, there are demolitionists, dreamers and pragmatists.
HECO Begins Smart Grid Rollout on Oahu Courtesy of HECO

HECO Begins Smart Grid Rollout on Oahu

New software is designed to give residents better control over their electricity use and help the utility better manage energy loads.