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Blue Planet Foundation Statement Regarding PUC Approval of Hawaii Green Financing Program

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:02.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014
Contact: Catharine Lo, 808-782-3733

HONOLULU—The Blue Planet Foundation applauds the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) timely approval of the Green Energy Market Securitization Program (GEMS) developed by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The order, filed by the Commission on Tuesday, outlines and guides the launch of the state’s innovative green financing program. GEMS expands clean energy options for Hawaiian Electric Companies’ customers by making $150 million available for solar systems and other upgrades without taking a dime from the state budget.

Blue Planet Foundation releases 2014 Energy Report Card for Hawai‘i

on Monday, 15 September 2014 12:19.

AVERAGE GRADE IMPROVES FROM C- TO C, BUT TRANSPORTATION PROGRESS LAGGING 

HONOLULU—The Blue Planet Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd annual State of Hawai‘i Energy Report Card. The data-rich, 42-page progress report provides a wide-angle perspective on Hawai‘i’s energy transformation, taking a look at five key metrics including Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, and Economics. Supporting drivers are also analyzed to identify gaps in current industry efforts, areas of success, and opportunities for improvement. In the 2014 report card, Hawai‘i receives an overall grade of C, slightly better than the 2013 grade of C–.

Blue Planet Statement regarding Hawaiian Electric Companies' power supply and distributed generation plans

on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:26.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2014
Contact: Jeff Mikulina, 808-226-4987

HONOLULU—Blue Planet Foundation is reviewing the Power Supply Improvement Plans, Distributed Generation Interconnection Plan, and integrated interconnection queue proposal filed on Aug. 26 by the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The plans were submitted within the 120-day deadline set by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

A crowd of "loanators" fully funds YWCA lighting retrofit

on Monday, 21 July 2014 17:01.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2014
Contact: Catharine Lo, 808-782-3733


THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL WEFFICIENCY PROJECT WILL BRING $8,500 A YEAR IN ENERGY SAVINGS TO THE YWCA OF OAHU

HONOLULU--A lighting retrofit for the YWCA of Oahu's Laniakea facility at 1040 Richards Street has been fully funded through Blue Planet Foundation's WEfficiency platform. The $15,000 high efficiency lighting project will be paid for through a combination of donations and loans by supporters who chipped in using the new online crowdfunding tool. The lighting upgrade is expected to save the YWCA of Oahu $8,500 a year on their electricity bill.

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