Energy News

Dec 14
Public Utilities Commission

12/12 The Public Utilities Commission has posted the electronic files submitted by the Hawaiian Electric Companies in response to the Commission's request for information regarding the Power Supply Improvement Plans. The files can be accessed here.

Local Industry News

12/19  Star-Advertiser: Gas, electric utilities differ on who will bring natural gas

12/19  PBN: NextEra's Hawaii solar farm called into question by state agency chief

12/18  PBN: Hawaii made great progress towards renewable energy in 2014, report says

12/18  PBN: Uber launches ridesharing service on Maui

12/17  PBN: Blue Planet Foundation names clean transportation chief

12/17  PBN: NextEra/HECO transaction application to be filed with Hawaii regulators in six weeks

12/17  PBN: Tesoro gas station brand in Hawaii eventually to be replaced

12/17  Civil Beat: New solar projects projected to increase Oahu electricity bills

12/16  PBN: Oahu rooftop solar permits drop 50 percent in November

12/16  PBN: Hawaii Gas seeks proposals to bring more LNG to the Islands

12/16  Star-Advertiser: Lawsuits challenge proposal to sell HEI

12/16  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii Gas plan aims to lower costs

12/15  Star-Advertiser: Oahu gas under $3 a gallon but isles still pay most in the U.S.

12/15  Civil Beat: NextEra. Let's clear the air about HECO purchase

12/14  Star-Advertiser: Use sale of HEI to ensure state's clean energy future

12/14  Maui News: Utility merger brings attention to undersea power cable proposal

Dec 10
Dec 02
Local Industry News

12/7  Star-Advertiser: NextEra's offer to buy HECO prompts questions about Hawaii energy future

12/7  Star-Advertiser: Ensure sale of HECO puts ratepayers first

12/5  Civil Beat: HECO moves forward with 6 new Oahu solar projects

12/5  PBN: Hawaiian Electric signs contracts for 6 large solar farms totaling 207MW

12/5  PBN: Why did NextEra Energy decide to buy Hawaiian Electric?

12/4  Star-Advertiser: Bigger is better for utility customers, NextEra CEO says

12/4  PBN: NextEra Energy buying Hawaiian Electric won't speed up rooftop solar approvals on Oahu, expert says

12/4  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries' stock sizzles after NextEra Energy acquisition announcement

12/4  PBN: California's Sempra Energy was interested in buying Hawaiian Electric, source says

12/4  International Business Times: NextEra Energy's $4.3B deal to buy Hawaii's biggest utility will accelerate clean energy

12/4  PBN: Hawaiian Electric was not for sale, top exec says

12/4  PBN: NextEra Energy buying Hawaiian Electric won't speed up rooftop approvals on Oahu, expert says

12/4  Star-Advertiser: Florida company buys Hawaiian Electric Industries

12/3  Civil Beat: Florida Company plans to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries

12/3  Hawaii News Now: Hawaiian Electric and its new buyer claim sale will lower power bills

12/3  KITV: Hawaii's energy landscape changing

12/3  Bloomberg: NextEra agrees to buy Hawaiian Electric for $2.63 billion

12/3  Greentech Media: Aloha: Hawaii's utility HEI acquired by NextEra for $4.3 billion

12/3  Reuters: NextEra Energy to buy Hawaiian Electric for $2.63 billion

12/3  Associated Press: NextEra to Acquire Hawaiian Electric for $2.6 billion

12/3  Wall Street Journal: NextEra Energy to buy most of Hawaiian Electric for $2.6 billion

12/3  Civil Beat: Hawaiian Electric sold to NextEra Energy for $4.3 Billion

12/3  KITV: Hawaiian Electric Industries bought by NextEra for $4.3 billion

12/3  KHON: Hawaiian Electric to merge with Florida-based NextEra Energy in $4.3B deal

12/3  Utility Dive: NextEra Energy to buy Hawaiian Electric

12/3  PBN: NextEra Energy already familiar with Hawaii and Hawaiian Electric Industries

12/3  Hawaii News Now: NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric enter $4.3B merger agreement

12/3  Star-Advertiser: Nextera Energy to buy Hawaiian Electric for $4.3 billion

12/3  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Inudstries to merge with Florida's NextEra energy in $4.3 billion deal

12/3  PBN: Finland company to supply new $170M Hawaiian Electric power plant with engines

12/3  PBN: Hawaiian Electric not approving rooftop solar systems in highly penetrated Oahu areas

12/3  PBN: Hawaiian Electric chooses Maui's Pacific Biodiesel over Iowa biofuel supplier

12/2  KHON: New "green energy" fee added to electric bills starting this month

12/2  Maui News: Pacific Biodiesel inks deal with HECO

12/2  Star-Advertiser: HECO signs two-year contract with Pacific Biodiesel

12/2  PBN: Green infrastructure fee to appear on Hawaiian Electric bills this month

12/2  Utility Dive: How the HECO-SolarCity partnership is turning rooftop solar into a grid asset

12/1  Solar Industry: Hawaiian Electric seeks demand response proposals from private partners

12/1  Star-Advertiser: Solar farm OK'd for Royal Kunia site

12/1  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Co. looking for businesses to help with managing energy demand

12/1  West Hawaii Today: Small businesses, 3 colleges to benefit from energy efficiency projects

11/29  Barron's: Hawaiian Electric: Why its shares could dim

Nov 24
Nov 17
Local Industry News

11/21  PBN: eBay founder Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative new majority owner of Honolulu Seawater A/C

11/21  Star-Advertiser: Omidyar becomes majority investor in Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning

11/21  PBN: Sunetric has $25M of solar projects waiting for Hawaiian Electric approval

11/20  PBN: SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric reach agreement to study solar interconnection issues

11/20  PBN: Volta Industries adding two electric car charging stations on Maui, more on Oahu next year

11/20  Star-Advertiser: Nanakuli recycling facility is a big step for isle energy and economy, officials say

11/20  Utility Dive: SolarCity partners with HECO to study solutions to solar problems

11/19  Hawaii News Now: Housing tenants in Aiea feel sticker shock

11/19  Energize Weekly: What is LNG's role in Hawaii's power supply mix?

11/19  Star-Advertiser: Facility kicks off large-scale effort to turn trash into fuel

11/19  PBN: Hawaii Gas wants to keep HECO at a safe distance in LNG expansion project

11/19  PBN: Leeward Oahu landfill creating business for Aina Koa Pono, Honua Technologies

11/19  Greentech Media: Hawaii to test smart water heaters as grid resources

11/19  PBN: Hawaii's Ibis Networks expanding to help commercial customers cut energy costs

11/18  PBN: Electric and hybrid car sales continue to soar in Hawaii

11/17 Star-Advertiser: Charging station growth planned

11/17  PBN: Natural gas technology could save Hawaii billions over 20 years

Public Utilities Commission

11/14  On-Bill Financing (Docket No. 2014-0129): The PUC has released a draft of the Hawaii Energy Bill $aver Program Manual. Parties (including Blue Planet) to the docket will attend an informal technical conference on Nov. 19 and then submit comments on the draft.


Nov 11
Nov 02
Local Industry News

11/7  Star-Advertiser:  PUC denies HECO application for Kahe solar farm

11/7  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny waiver for Hawaiian Electric Co.'s $40M solar farm

11/7  Star-Advertiser: Review staff and duties of PUC

11/7  Star-Advertiser: HEI income takes 1 percent hit

11/6  Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric's profit declines in third quarter

11/6  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries posts $48M Q3 profit

11/6  KHON2: New online tool reports real-time energy use on Oahu

11/5  PBN: Where does Gov.-elect David Ige stand on Hawaii's energy issues?

11/5  PBN: New website tracks Hawaii's renewable energy efforts

11/5  PBN: Forest City plans major solar farm in Central Oahu

11/5  PBN: Wind-powered ships planned for shipping between Hawaii and West Coast

11/4  PBN: Industry veteran has 'zero' faith in Hawaiian Electric's new rooftop solar plan

11/4  PBN: Hawaiian Electric expects to sign biodiesel contract by end of 2014

11/3  KHON2: Power source and cost for rail transit still unresolved

11/3  KHON2: Hawaiian Electric announces plan for approval of pending solar applications

11/3  Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric PV backlog to be cleared

11/3  PBN: Hawaiian Electric to allow thousands more rooftop solar connections to grid

11/3  PBN: Experts question Hawaiian Electric argument on interconnecting rooftop solar

11/3  PBN: Makai Ocean Engineering secures major pieces of equipment for OTEC plant

11/3  PBN: Hawaii firm Tasos Inc. secures patent for water-to-fuel technology

11/2  PBN: Aaron Kirk resigns as president of Hawaii solar firm Sunetric

11/2  Star-Advertiser: Commission faces growing pressures

11/2  Star-Advertiser: Electric vehicles will save you cash down the road

Oct 27
Public Utilities Commission

The PUC will hold hearings this week on decoupling (Docket No. 2013-0141). Blue Planet is an intervenor in the docket and has invited Ron Binz, former Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman and Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to testify as an expert witness.

Local Industry News

10/31  PBN: Hawaii Gas investing $13M in LNG expansion project

10/30  PBN: Lowering electricity rates in Hawaii starts by substituting solar energy for oil, expert says

10/30  PBN: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission launches search for executive director

10/29  PBN: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup head up Hawaii's $150M green financing program

10/28  PBN: $5M hydrogen fueling station planned for Downtown Honolulu

10/28  Star Advertiser: CEO must transform HECO, rebuild community rapport

10/28  Utility Dive: HECO to add 50 MW fast-acting power plant to support solar integration

10/27  PBN: Do the candidates for Hawaii governor 'walk the walk' on energy issues?

10/27  PBN: Hawaiian Electric's business model makes sense for Hawaii, CEO says

10/27  Civil Beat: Storage is key to Hawaii's energy independence

10/27  Transmission & Distribution World: Hawaii Electric Light enacts lava flow plans

10/26  Intelligent Utility: Hawaii utility plans to keep lights on during lava flow

Oct 19
Local Industry News

10/23  KHON2: Local nonprofits meet fundraising goals via crowdfunding

10/23  PBN: Hawaii's SafeConnect Solar gets $500k from Energy Department

10/22  PBN: Sunetric declines to renew advertising contract with Volta Industries EV charging network

10/20  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii Gas fuel shift could mean lower bills

10/20  PBN: Public support for renewable energy in Hawaii highly favorable, new report says

10/19  Star-Advertiser: What's in the wind?

Public Utilities Commission

10/10/14  The Hawaiian Electric Companies filed their response to the Information Requests by the Public Utilities Commission regarding the Power Supply Improvement Plans. It is in two parts: Part 1 (89MB) and Part 2 (78MB). (You can also download these from the PUC's Document Management System by searching for Docket No. 2014-0183 and clicking the Documents tab.)

Oct 14
Public Utilities Commission

10/10/14  The Hawaiian Electric Companies filed their response to the Information Requests by the Public Utilities Commission regarding the Power Supply Improvement Plans. It is in two parts: Part 1 (89MB) and Part 2 (78MB). (You can also download these from the PUC's Document Management System by searching for Docket No. 2014-0183 and clicking the Documents tab.)

Local Industry News

10/17  PBN: Hawaii needs to be realistic about energy security

10/17  PBN: Hooked by the barrel

10/17  Star-Advertiser: Car sharing service has eyes on Hawaii

10/17  Star-Advertiser: Gas prices may continue to drop 

10/17  PBN: Hawaii Gas seeking regulatory approval to ship more LNG to Islands

10/16  PBN: Pacific Biodiesel back to fueling boats at Maui's Maalaea Harbor

10/16  PBN: Hawaii capital fund to raise up to $500M to fund solar projects

10/16  PBN: Hawaii's oldest renewable energy firm now owned by its employees

10/16  PBN: Minnesota wind energy firm looking to test technology in Hawaii

10/16  PBN: BAE Systems to equip new Honolulu buses with hybrid system

10/16  Star-Advertiser: Electricity bills decline for most isle customers

10/15  PBN: Patagonia partners with Honolulu capital firm to create $27M solar energy fund

10/15  Business Week: Patagonia will start paying for homeowners' solar panels

10/15  PBN: Hawaii Energy gives $70k incentive check to Four Seasons Hualalai for energy efficiency projects

10/15  Civil Beat: Hawaii governor candidates offer ideas to bring down energy costs

10/15  Star-Advertiser: Would-be governors agree on green energy

1015  PBN: Big Island of Hawaii's solar energy industry not cooling down

10/14  Hawaii News Now: Hawaii's high energy cost debated at gubernatorial forum

10/14  KITV: Candidates share their position on Hawaii's clean energy future

10/14  Star-Advertiser: For geothermal, safety comes first

10/14  PBN: Hawaii gubernatorial candidates split on support of LNG

10/14  PBN: Honoulu hires former Coldwell Banker exec to run city's Bikeshare Hawaii program

10/14  Utility Dive: HECO solar plans in question as second project drops out

10/13  Star-Advertiser: Core changes needed at HEI

10/13  PBN: Oahu's solar industry continues to cool down