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Local Industry News

May 1  Star-Advertiser: SolarCity offers off-grid, Tesla battery storage systems to Hawaii residents

May 1  Star-Advertiser: Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China on Monday

May 1  Star-Advertiser: Tesla charges into solar power storage market for home and business

Apr. 30  Utility Dive: Hawaii lawmakers agree on 100% renewables by 2045 mandate

Apr. 30  PBN: Hawaii's utilities rank among tops in the U.S. for solar integration

Apr. 30  Star-Advertiser: Renewable energy electrifies NextEra's profit

Apr. 29  PBN: NextEra Energy met with 50 firms in Hawaii to talk about Hawaiian Electric acquisition

Apr. 29  PBN: NextEra Energy reports profit of $650M in Q1

Apr. 29  Star-Advertiser: Renewable energy bill compromise reached

Apr. 28  Star-Advertiser: Lawmakers set goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045

Apr. 28  PBN: State agency has 92 questions regarding sale of Hawaiian Electric Co. to NextEra Energy

Apr. 28  PBN: Hawaiian Home Lands lessees grow closer to going solar through leases

Apr. 27  PBN: Hawaiian Electric sale to NextEra Energy should be done by end of year, CEO says

Apr. 27  Hawaii News Now: Army seeks input on building biofuel power plant on Oahu

Apr. 27  PBN: Hawaii gas prices begin to climb

Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623 CD1Apr. 28: The conference committee recommends that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes of the Senate Conference Managers were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Baker, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Tokuda. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 30 percent by December 31, 2020, 70 percent by December 31, 2040, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include the impact of renewable portfolio standards, if any, on the energy prices offered by renewable energy developers and the cost of fossil fuel volatility in its renewable portfolio standards study and report to the Legislature. (HB623 CD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD3Apr. 29: Conference committee meeting will reconvene on May 1, 2015, at 11:05 AM in conference room 225. Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 SD2 HD3)

 

 


 

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Local Industry NewsIllustration credit: Blanche Pope Elementary School 4th graders

Apr. 17  PBN: Hawaii seeks to address EV chargin staiton challenge at condos

Apr. 17  PBN: Hawaii-based Pelatron plans to develop waste-to-energy projects across the state

Apr. 17  PV Magazine: Hawaiian utility bids to slash net metering payments

Apr. 16  KITV: Solar companies urge customers to act before new rules take effect

Apr. 16  Star-Advertiser: Oahu electric rates continue to decline

Apr. 16  Star-Advertiser: Consumers give feedback at NextEra-HEI meetings

Apr. 16  Lahaina News: NextEra Energy, HECO merger explained at Lahaina meeting

Apr. 16  Utility Dive: Report: Hawaii can get to 100% renewables, 70% in short term

Apr. 16  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Co.'s capital expenditures estimated at $1.6B in 2016-17

Apr. 15  PBN: Hawaii can't afford to wait for Hawaiian Electric Co. to transform itself, NextEra Energy says

Apr. 15  Star-Advertiser: 100% renewable energy is better for local jobs

Apr. 14  Star-Advertiser: Solar industry questions HECO's count of PV approvals

Apr. 14  PBN: Hawaii energy park strikes deal with Sandia National Laboratories to test energy storage

Apr. 14  Civil Beat: NextEra: An evening with the illustionist

Apr. 14  Star-Advertiser: Companies tout clean energy, customer savings

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: Maui Electric plans could stall move to total use of renewable energy

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: Could Hawaii geothermal plant be come a windfall for public?

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: OHA said to be 'tight-lipped' on geothermal investment

Apr. 13  Star- Advertiser: Energy cooperative ready to take root on Hawaii Island

Apr. 13  PBN: Hawaii can support a 100 percent renewable energy goal, new report says

Apr. 13  PBN: Hawaii to convert diesel equipment, vehicles to biodiesel fuel blend

Apr. 13  PBN: Honolulu gas prices continue to drop

Apr. 12  Hawaii Tribune-Herald: OHA remains tight-lipped on geothermal investment

NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric Open House schedule

Learn more about NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric's plans for Hawaii's energy future at open houses that have been scheduled in April. Each open house will be held from 5–8pm:

Hawaii Island

April 13 Hilo, Hawaii: Hilo High School Cafeteria; Puna, Hawaii: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
April 14 West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria; Waimea, Hawaii: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall

Oahu

April 15 West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria; Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
April 16 Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room; Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa

ILLUSTRATION CREDIT: Blanche Pope Elementary School 4th Graders: Mrs. Uta‘i's class

Apr 06
2015
Local Industry News

Apr. 11  PBS: Gridlocked by the power grid: Why Hawaii's solar industry is at a crossroads

Apr. 11  PBS: A tale of two grid defectors: Why some are quitting electric companies in Hawaii

Apr. 10  PBN: Pierre Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative, Blue Planet's Henk Rogers invest in Honolulu tech startup

Apr. 10  PBN: Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Energy launches statewide ad campaign

Apr. 10  Utility Dive: HECO partners with the Navy for 50MW solar array at Pearl Harbor

Apr. 10  Star-Advertiser: Oil--not renewables--touted as islands' linchpin

Apr. 9  PBN: Owner of state's largest refinery says it could grow even more in Hawaii

Apr. 9  KHON: Maintaining Hawaii's energy security

Apr. 8  Civil Beat: Arakawa: Maui County to explore buying MECO, forming co-op

Apr. 8  PBN: LNG doesn't make economical sense for Hawaii, Par Petroleum CEO says

Apr. 8  PBN: Navy, Hawaiian Electric planning major solar PV project in West Oahu

Apr. 8  Star-Advertiser: City again OKs fewer solar permits

Apr. 8  Star-Advertiser: Isles could reap benefits in '16 from solar-and-battery systems

Apr. 8  Maui News: Arakawa: County to explore buying MECO, forming co-op

Apr. 8  Utility Dive: Florida utility battles pit solar advocates against natural gas expansion

Apr. 8  Utility Dive: NextEra adds $640M, 400 MW to its Colorado wind investments

Apr. 7  PBN: Hawaii begins work on major policy initiative to reach 100% clean energy

Apr. 7  PBN: Solar-plus-battery makes economic sense in Honolulu, new report says

Apr. 7  Star-Advertiser: HECO approves 2,000 rooftop solar systems

Apr. 7  Star-Advertiser: Meetings set on NextEra's HEI purchase

Apr. 6  Civil Beat: Going vertical and green in Kakaako

Apr. 6  PBN: Hawaiian Electric approves 3,212 rooftop solar energy systems

Apr. 6  PBN: Hawaii's major transportation energy report to be unveiled in June

Apr. 6  E&E News: Hawaii utility commits to highest-in-nation level for rooftop solar on circuits, but can grid handle it?

Apr. 6  PBN: NextEra Energy to build $640M Colorado wind farms

Apr. 6  Star-Advertiser: Bikeshare expects to be road ready by early 2016

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32740 ADDRESSING INTERVENTION REQUEST SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32739  ESTABLISHING ISSUES AND INITIAL PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE, AND ADDRESSING RELATED MATTERS. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32738 DENYING "DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY'S MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE'S PROPOSED PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE AND AN EXTENSION OF TIME FROM THE AUGUST 31, 2015 DEADLINE TO COMPLETE ALL DISCOVER AND FILE ALL TESTIMONY" AND CLARIFYING CERTAIN PROCEDURES. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Mar. 31  DECISION AND ORDER NO. 32736  APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO MODIFY RULE 14H - INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATING FACILITIES OPERATING IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMPANIES' ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited; Docket No. 2014-0130

Mar. 31 ORDER NO. 32735 INSTITUTING AN INVESTIGATION TO REEXAMINE THE EXISTING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC., AND MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITEDMODIFYING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS AND ESTABLISHING BRIEFING SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2013-0141

Mar. 31 ORDER NO. 32737 INSTITUTING A PROCEEDING TO INVESTIGATE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE POLICIES. GRANTING MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, CONSOLIDATING AND INCORPORATING RELATED DOCKETS, AND ESTABLISHING STATEMENT OF ISSUES AND PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2014-0192

Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Apr. 1: The committee(s) on CPN recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in CPN were as follows: 5 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Kahele, Kidani, Nishihara, Wakai; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Taniguchi, Slom.Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none.Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

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Public Utilities Commission

Apr. 1

Mar. 31  DECISION AND ORDER NO. 32736  APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO MODIFY RULE 14H - INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATING FACILITIES OPERATING IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMPANIES' ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited; Docket No. 2014-0130

Mar. 31  ORDER NO. 32735 INSTITUTING AN INVESTIGATION TO REEXAMINE THE EXISTING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC., AND MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITEDMODIFYING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS AND ESTABLISHING BRIEFING SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2013-0141

Mar. 31  ORDER NO. 32737 INSTITUTING A PROCEEDING TO INVESTIGATE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE POLICIES. GRANTING MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, CONSOLIDATING AND INCORPORATING RELATED DOCKETS, AND ESTABLISHING STATEMENT OF ISSUES AND PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2014-0192

Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Apr. 1: The committee(s) on CPN recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in CPN were as follows: 5 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Kahele, Kidani, Nishihara, Wakai; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Taniguchi, Slom. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none. Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

Local Industry News

Apr. 3  PBN: Rule change to allow more Hawaii homeowners to install solar PV systems

Apr. 3  PBN: Hawaii regulators set timetable for NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric sale case

Apr. 3  PBN: Navy granted access to Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy sale

Apr. 3  PBN: National Tropical Botanical Garden launches energy efficiency capital campaign

Apr. 2  KHON: Group rallies against bill that could hurt ride-sharing companies like Uber

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii sets bigger renewable energy goals, new initiatives

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii regulators shaking up way Hawaiian Electric makes money

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative officially ends after seven-year run

Apr. 2  PBN: Par Petroleum closes on $107M purchase of Hawaii's Mid Pac Petroleum

Apr. 1  Greentech Media: Hawaii's utility is approving a backlog of more than 3,000 solar installations

Apr. 1  Civil Beat: Blue Planet blasts Hawaii PUC ruling

Apr. 1  Star-Advertiser: Make way for rooftop solar, company told

Apr. 1  PBN: Hawaii's Sunetric has $22M worth of backlogged rooftop solar PV projects

Apr. 1  Maui News: Rooftop solar shouldn't be scapegoat for HECO

Mar. 31  PBN: Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy say 'no' to sale deadline extension

Mar. 31  Star-Advertiser: Feds okay NextEra's purchase of HEI

Mar. 30  KHON2: Energy commission gives approval to proposed NextEra/HEI merger

Mar. 30  Utility Dive: HECO clears PV interconnection queues in Maui, Hawaii Islands

Mar. 30  Civil Beat: Feds give OK to NextEra purchase of Hawaiian Electric

Mar. 30  Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric sale to NextEra gets federal approval

Mar. 30  PBN: Feds OK NextEra Energy's $4.3B acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Co.

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: NextEra: The right partner for Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: Better technology threatens archaic utility monopolies

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: We need diverse energy solutions, including rooftop PV

Mar. 28  Star-Advertiser: Battery gets touted as electricity generation aid

 
Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 23  Blue Planet Foundation's Response to Proposed Procedural Orders in the matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Nextera Energy, Inc. for Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters (Docket No. 2015-0022)

NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric Open House schedule

Learn more about NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric's plans for Hawaii's energy future at open houses that have been scheduled in April. Each open house will be held from 5–8pm:

Maui County

April 7 Central Maui: Maui Electric Auditorium; South Maui: Kihei Community Center
April 8 West Maui: Lahaina Civic Center; Lanai: Lanai Community Center
April 9 Molokai: Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria

Hawaii Island

April 13 Hilo, Hawaii: Hilo High School Cafeteria; Puna, Hawaii: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
April 14 West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria; Waimea, Hawaii: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall

Oahu

April 15 West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria; Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
April 16 Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room; Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa

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Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Mar. 27: Public decision making scheduled by CPN, Wed., Apr. 1, 9:30am, Room 229  Mar. 17The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none. Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

HB484, HD2: Mar. 19: The Committees on ENE and CPN deferred the measure. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. (HB484 HD2)

Local Industry News

Mar. 27  Utility Dive: Hawaii agency questions details of $4.3B NextEra-HECO deal

Mar. 27  PBN: Hawaii Gas reviewing proposals for $300M LNG project

Mar. 27  PBN: Maui Energy Conference attendance spikes 15% with merger talk front and center

Mar. 27  PBN: HEI CEO touts NextEra's goals

Mar. 27  PBN: Undersea cable project sparked NextEra Energy's interest in buying Hawaiian Electric

Mar. 26  Civil Beat: Hawaiian Electric CEO: We will continue to pursue LNG

Mar. 26  Star-Advertiser: HECO cleared backlog of PV approvals on Maui and Big Island

Mar. 26  PBN: Is NextEra Energy bringing drones to Hawaii?

Mar. 26  PBN: Dip in oil prices slows Hawaiian Electric's LNG project

Mar. 26  PBN: Hawiian Electric unveils new electric vehicle savings tool

Mar. 26  PBN: Honolulu to spend $16M on solar energy projects

Mar. 25  PBN: Few opt out of Hawaiian Electric smart meter pilot

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaii looking for nonprofits to help with solar energy system installations

Mar. 25  Civil Beat: NextEra President: We don't have all the answers

Mar. 25  Civil Beat: Lawmakers consider funding private projects with state revenue bonds

Mar. 25  Hawaii News Now: PUC members under fire for extensive travel

Mar. 25  PBN: Maui County islands can attain 100% renewable energy, mayor says

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaiian Electric must be out front in technology, Alan Oshima tells Maui Energy Conference

Mar. 25  Star-Advertiser: Nonprofits poised to save on energy

Mar. 25  Utility Dive: Hawaii lawmakers consider bills to check NextEra-HECO merger

Mar. 25  PBN: State agency wants more details on proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy

Mar. 25  PBN: Navy wants say in Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy acquisition

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaii solar tax credit dollars dropped $60M in 2013

Mar. 24  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries sets date for shareholder meeting on NextEra acquisition

Mar. 24  Star-Advertiser: 13 community meetings planned for Hawaii energy merger

Mar. 24  PBN: Honolulu Seawater A/C project clears federal environmental hurdle

Mar. 24  PBN: $1.6B Hawaii offshore wind energy project could be operational in 2020

Mar. 23  Greentech Media: Forget Utility 2.0—the power sector needs 'regulation of the future'

Mar. 23  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny Parker Ranch's subsidiary's request to consolidate major energy cases

Mar. 23  PBN: Hawaii gas prices stuck in idle after rising over the past month

Mar. 22  Star-Advertiser: LTE: Mandate 100 percent renewable power

Mar. 20  PBN: Major offshore wind energy project planned for Hawaii waters

Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 23  Blue Planet Foundation's Response to Proposed Procedural Orders in the matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Nextera Energy, Inc. for Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters (Docket No. 2015-0022)

Mar 17
2015
Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony hereIncreases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2Mar. 17: The committees on EEP recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 9 Ayes: Representative(s) C. Lee, Lowen, Cullen, Evans, Ing, Nishimoto, Yamane, Pouha, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Say. Establishes the community-based renewable energy program, which allows the public utilities commission to establish a tariff that allows all electric utility customers to obtain an interest in a portion of an eligible renewable energy project that is providing electricity to the electric utility and receive compensation for the energy provided to the electric utility.

HB484, HD2: Hearing scheduled before the Senate ENE/CPN Committees on Thursday, Mar. 19, 3:30pm, Room 225. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants.

Local Industry News

Mar. 20  PBN: Major offshore wind energy project proposed for Hawaii waters

Mar. 20  PBN: Henk Rogers: Pick up pace on energy

Mar. 19  PBN: Hawaii's Alternate Energy acquires Honolulu solar firm Risource Energy

Mar. 18  Star-Advertiser: Isle electrical bills decreasing

Mar. 18  PBN: New eco-transport gadgets at Hawaii's Battery Bill's

Mar. 17  PBN: NextEra Energy received $2B in federal subsidies, new report says

Mar. 16  PBN: $90M Kauai energy plant to begin selling power to utility in May

Mar. 16  PBN: Hawaii energy park has total economic impact of $123M, UHERO report says

Mar. 16  PBN: Hawaii Electric and Light Co. spends $2M to deal with Big Island lava flow

Mar. 15  Star-Advertiser: State should see ambitious energy goals

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy