BLUE PLANET'S 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And across the whole grid
Santa reviewed how clean energy did...
had been hung on the rooftops with care
In hopes that interconnection approvals soon would be there
HECO was snug, with their IRP
(Who knew sweet acquisition NextEra
From the PUC there arose such a clatter
The Commission scoffed and rejected
But big transformation's a hard pill to swallow.
Rosenblum bid farewell; Oshima grabbed the reins
Nonetheless, Santa noted, there is change underway.
He said, “We’ve not yet crossed the Rubicon
, but we’re well past the New Day.”
The solar guys said hey don’t you worry about the size
People want their PV, and inverters can help with grid ties
It’s been more than a year and customers are waiting in line
But HECO’s slow to plug in
, and they’re saying it’s just cuz da kine:
So they put out RFPs
, making plans for storage.
Look, here comes KIUC—with big plans for storage…
They’re bringing hydro
Clean mobility is on the rise… 3,000 EVs
on island streets
Here’s to tomorrow’s clean power, enabled by on-bill
Now the only “magical” thinking is that natural gas
From Santa’s perch above the pali, two solar farms
He thought about the daily load
as he went to pack his gear.
Santa’s LED-lit, electric sleigh took off into the night
We heard him call to everyone as he rolled right out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all! 100% clean energy sure looks bright!”
Letter from Blue Planet's Executive Director
December 22, 2014
What an eventful year it’s been, indeed. We’re proud of Blue Planet's successes. Thanks to our WEfficiency crowdfunding platform, nonprofit organizations have a way to install energy upgrades without sacrificing their program budgets. We continue to have a seat at the table for critical regulatory policy reviews by the Public Utilities Commission. Through canvassing and community outreach, we educated Oahu residents about the benefits of grid modernization. And in September, we published Hawai’i’s second annual Energy Report Card.
As we charge into 2015, Blue Planet is optimistic about the opportunities that change can create: for the new administration, an opportunity to keep the momentum of energy transformation going strong, and to help clear the obstacles to progress; for the utility, an opportunity to reimagine their business model and become a global clean energy leader; and for customers, an opportunity to embrace innovative technology and financing options that will help reduce consumption and lower costs.
Our work continues to focus on clearing the path for 100% clean energy. Ending our dependence on fossil fuels is the single most important thing we can do to address climate change, and it drives us to stay resolute. We count on supporters like you to enable us to effect change where it counts. Every donation moves us a step closer to a world of abundant, renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth.
If you would like to share your thoughts or ideas about how Blue Planet can best serve its clean energy mission, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 808-954-6142 or email@example.com.
Mahalo for your support,
Blue Planet Foundation Executive Director
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