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Mar 14
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

COMMUNITY SOLAR

Thu, 3/20, 11am, Room 325: SB2934 SD2  RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Allows the public utilities commission to establish community-based renewable energy tariffs by which electric utility customers may own portions of a renewable energy facility that sells energy to the utility, regardless of the physical siting or interconnection of the renewable energy facility. Effective 07/01/2050.

INTERCONNECTION

Thu, 3/20, 3:35pm, Room 225: HB1943 HD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

100% RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

Tue, 3/18, 8:30am, Room 325: SB2199, SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Proposed HD1: Requires that each electric utility company that sells electricity for consumption in the State develop a renewable portfolio standard goal of one hundred per cent of its net electricity sales.

LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

PBN: Hawaiian Electric expects cost savings of up to $500M a year using LNG

Star-Advertiser: Solar power to the people: A social, spiritual benefit

PBN: Hawaii AG: Geothermal development on Hawaiian homestead lands must benefit Hawaiians

PBN: Hawaiian Electric may begin shipping LNG in 2016 to multiple islands

Star-Advertiser: Smart grid payoff should be lower rates

Star-Advertiser: Pairing sun, sheep

Pacific Business News: Maui renewable energy project gets key regulatory approval

Mar 10
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

100% RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

Tue, 3/18, 8:30am, Room 325: SB2199, SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Proposed HD1: Requires that each electric utility company that sells electricity for consumption in the State develop a renewable portfolio standard goal of one hundred per cent of its net electricity sales.

INTERCONNECTION

Thu, 3/13, 11:30am, Room 325, Decision Making: SB 2656, SD2  RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to address the technical, policy, and economic issues associated with the modernization of Hawaii's electricity grids. Requires the division of consumer advocacy to represent the interests of all consumers at the proceeding. Appropriates funds to the commission and division of consumer advocacy. Takes effect 07/01/2050.

Tues, 3/11, 8:30am, Room 325: SB 2656, SD2  RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to address the technical, policy, and economic issues associated with the modernization of Hawaii's electricity grids. Requires the division of consumer advocacy to represent the interests of all consumers at the proceeding. Appropriates funds to the commission and division of consumer advocacy. Takes effect 07/01/2050.

ENERGY STORAGE

Tues, 3/11, 2:45pm, Room 225: HB 2618, HD2  RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes an income tax credit for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State during the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2014; provided that this tax credit shall not be available for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025. The tax credit may be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit. Effective July 1, 2112.

LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

PBN: Solar energy farms on Oahu to include ranchers raising sheep

Star-Advertiser: HECO may ship LNG in containers

PBN: Hawaii Electric Light puts off geothermal decision until study is done

Star-Advertiser: Hawaii among top states for clean energy jobs

PBN: Hawaiian Electric to install smart meters on Oahu

PBN: Hawaii to be named one of the best clean energy states in the United States

PBN: Navy to expand wave energy testing off Hawaii

Star-Advertiser: HECO starts trial run of smart-grid technology

Hawaii News Now: HECO wants to build solar farm on Leeward coast

Civil Beat: Pedal Power: Gaining traction on Oahu's bike safety and infrastructure

Star-Advertiser: Legislators in no rush to end state tax credit for new solar systems

PBN: Three incumbents re-elected to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative board

Star-Advertiser: Backup fuel source is OK'd for import

RECENT PUC ACTION

Decision and Order No. 31964: For Approval (1) to commit funds in Excess of $500,000 for the proposed SNG System Backup Enhancement Project, (2) of the Fuel Supply Agreement, (3) of the Fuel Delivery Contract, and (4) to include the Costs of the Fuel Supply Agreement and Fuel Delivery Contract in the Fuel Adjustment Clause of The Gas Company, LLC dba HAWAI‘IGAS.

The Commissioned approved the Supply Agreement and the Delivery Contract; stipulations are specified in the order.

The order dismisses the request to commit funds of $950,725 to purchase three LNG ISO containers and a trailer-mounted mobile re-gasifier. The order notes that the two isocontainers, the mobile re-gasifier, and the chassis have already been purchased. In the past two years, the Commission has denied four requests by Hawaii Gas seeking retroactive approval for capital expenditures. From its order disimissing the first retroactive request: "The commision notes that such action does not appear to comply with the applicable requirement of section 2.3.f.2 that TGC file its application at least sixty days prior to the commencement of construction or commitment for expenditure, whichever is earlier. Thus, TGC proceeded at its own risk in expending funds to complete a portion of the new distribution system in the absence of the commission affirmative approval....TGC is reminded that, for future reference, it shall timely file its capital expenditure applications in compliance with section 2.3.f.2 of General Order No. 9." The order states that the commission is dismissing the latest request "because Rule 2.3(f)(2) does not apply to a situation where a utility has already made the capital expenditure."

Mar 08
2014

Blue Planet Foundation is looking for enthusiastic individuals for a community outreach project to help promote our 2014 Modern Grid initiative. If you enjoy talking with people and want to help move Hawaii beyond oil, this opportunity is for YOU! Throughout our 2014 campaign, we'll be engaging face-to-face with Hawaii residents to explain the benefits of a modern electricity grid, one of the critical components of our clean energy future.

We're looking for active, outgoing individuals to participate in three weeks of community canvassing, beginning in mid-March. Shifts are six hours a day, 12:30 to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday, Mar. 17 through Apr. 4. Stipend of up to $900 available. Interested? Please contact Francois Rogers at (808) 753-1330 or email [email protected].

Mar 03
2014
COMMUNITY SOLAR

Read our commentary published in the Star-Advertiser on Sunday, Mar. 2. Help us voice your support for community solar. Sign your name to our community panels that we'll send to legislators!

MORE LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Star-Advertiser: Solar power installations up 34% in isles last year

Star-Advertiser: Support efforts to modernize electric grid

Star-Advertiser: PUC policy should favor consumers

RECENT PUC ACTION

Decision and Order No. 31964: For Approval (1) to commit funds in Excess of $500,000 for the proposed SNG System Backup Enhancement Project, (2) of the Fuel Supply Agreement, (3) of the Fuel Delivery Contract, and (4) to include the Costs of the Fuel Supply Agreement and Fuel Delivery Contract in the Fuel Adjustment Clause of The Gas Company, LLC dba HAWAI‘IGAS.

The order dismisses the request to commit funds of $950,725 to purchase three LNG ISO containers and a trailer-mounted mobile re-gasifier. The order notes that the two isocontainers, the mobile re-gasifier, and the chassis have already been purchased. In the past two years, the Commission has denied four requests by Hawaii Gas seeking retroactive approval for capital expenditures. From its order disimissing the first retroactive request: "The commision notes that such action does not appear to comply with the applicable requirement of section 2.3.f.2 that TGC file its application at least sixty days prior to the commencement of construction or commitment for expenditure, whichever is earlier. Thus, TGC proceeded at its own risk in expending funds to complete a portion of the new distribution system in the absence of the commission affirmative approval....TGC is reminded that, for future reference, it shall timely file its capital expenditure applications in compliance with section 2.3.f.2 of General Order No. 9." The order states that the commission is dismissing the latest request "because Rule 2.3(f)(2) does not apply to a situation where a utility has already made the capital expenditure."

The Commissioned approved the Supply Agreement and the Delivery Contract; stipulations are specified in the order.

 

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding


 

Feb 24
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

2/26, 2pm, Room 325: HB1939 HD1 RELATING TO CLEAN ENERGY. Requires that each electric utility company that sells electricity for consumption in the State develop a renewable portfolio standard goal of one hundred per cent of its net electricity sales. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to investigate the feasibility of updating the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiatives Program plans and Renewable Portfolio Standards to include benchmarks beyond 2030 and report its findings to the legislature.

INTERCONNECTION

2/26, 11am, Room 308 HB1943 HD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

BARREL TAX

2/25, 2pm, Room 308  HB2256 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX REPEAL DATE. Enables a resource strategy aligned with the State's 2030 clean energy laws.  Revises the environmental response, energy, and food security tax repeal date to June 30, 2030.

Read about Blue Planet’s policy priorities and testimony HERE.


RECENT PUC ACTION

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding

 


LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Star-Advertiser: Liquefied natural gas could play key role in isles' energy transition

PBN: Aloha Petroleum receives incentive check from Hawaii Energy

PBN: How an undersea cable could link the Oahu and Maui power grids

 

 

Feb 18
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

COMMUNITY SOLAR

2/19, 9:15am, Room 211 Decision Making. SB2934 SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Allows the public utilities commission to establish community-based renewable energy tariffs by which electric utility customers may own portions of a renewable energy facility that sells energy to the utility, regardless of the physical siting or interconnection of the renewable energy system. Effective 7/1/50.

BARREL TAX REALLOCATION

2/19, 9:25am, Room 211 Decision Making. SB2196 SD1 RELATING TO ENERGY. Re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed on June 30, 2013. Increases the amount of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund, energy security special fund, and agricultural development and food security special fund. Extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2030.

ENERGY STORAGE

2/20, 1:30pm, Room 308 HB2618 HD2 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE.. Establishes an income tax credit for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State during the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2014; provided that this tax credit shall not be available for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025. The tax credit may be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit. Effective July 1, 2112.

INTERCONNECTION

2/20, 9:05am, Room 211 Decision Making. SB2656 SD1  RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to address the technical, policy, and economic issues associated with the modernization of Hawaii's electricity grids. Requires the division of consumer advocacy to represent the interests of all consumers at the proceeding. Appropriates funds to the commission and division of consumer advocacy. Takes effect 7/1/2050.

2/20, 1:30pm, Room 308 HB1943 HD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

Read about Blue Planet’s policy priorities and testimony HERE.


RECENT PUC ACTION

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding


LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Pacific Business News: More power to the people

Pacific Business News: Kauai utility to start work on $54M Anahola solar farm this spring

Pacific Business News: NextEra Energy to purchase Honolulu land for Hawaii undersea cable project

Star-Advertiser: Not rehiring Morita at PUC a dicey move for Abercrombie

Star-Advertiser: No: HECO's resistance to rooftop solar reflects it's anachronistic

Star-Advertiser: Is HECO adapting fast enough?

Civil Beat: Is Mina Morita out as Public Utilities Commission Chair?

Star-Advertiser: For future energy security, let’s lay the undersea cable

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Feb 10
2014

PUC Action

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding

Legislative Hearings

ENERGY STORAGE

2/13, 2:45pm, Room 225, scheduled for decision-making: SB2933 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes an energy storage tax credit for utility scale renewable energy storage property.

2/11, 11:35am, Room 325, scheduled for decision-making: HB2619 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Requires the public utilities commission to establish energy storage portfolio standards. Requires reports by the Public Utilities Commission.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES

2/11, 9am, Room 312: HB2141 HD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Establishes the Hawaii Community-based Renewable Energy Program to make renewable energy more accessible to more Hawaii residents and businesses currently unable to participate in clean energy generation. Effective June 15, 2750.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

INTERCONNECTION

2/11, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB 2656 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to adopt rules for improved accessibility to connect to the Hawaii electric system for any person, business, or entity on the Hawaii electric system. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.


LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Star-Advertiser: HECO cleared to pursue negotiations to buy low-cost PV power

PBN: HECO gets OK to bypass competitive bidding on three solar projects

Star-Advertiser: HELCO partners with government on energy storage research

Star-Advertiser: Use LNG to ease ratepayer costs

Star-Advertiser: Oahu residential solar PV permits drop sharply

Star-Advertiser: Liquefied natural gas site proposed

Star-Advertiser: Startup makes green living more convenient at home

Civil Beat: Fact Check—Harris: Hawaii Electric Rates are up 50 percent since 2009


Blue Planet's 2014 Policy Priorities

Read about Blue Planet's key issues at the legislature this year.

 

Feb 03
2014

Legislative Hearings

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225:  SB2934 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Establishes the Hawaii community-based renewable energy program to make the benefits of renewable energy more accessible to a greater number of Hawaii residents.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

Submit testimony in support of SB2934 here. Or send testimony directly via email to [email protected].

RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2181 RELATING TO RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS. Increases renewable portfolio standards to seventy per cent by 2040 and one hundred per cent by 2050.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

INTERCONNECTION

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB 2656 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to adopt rules for improved accessibility to connect to the Hawaii electric system for any person, business, or entity on the Hawaii electric system. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

ENERGY STORAGE

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB2932 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes energy storage portfolio standards that will facilitate increased use of renewable energy and reductions of fossil fuel consumption in Hawaii, while maintaining reliable and affordable electric service. Requires the public utilities commission to evaluate the energy storage portfolio standards every five years.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2933 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes an energy storage tax credit for utility scale renewable energy storage property.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

2/4, 8:30am, Room 325: HB2618 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Authorizes an individual or corporate tax payer to claim a tax credit against the Hawaii State individual or corporate net income tax for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State by the taxpayer during the taxable year after December 31, 2014. Effective July 1, 2014.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

2/4, 8:30am, Room 325: HB2619 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Requires the public utilities commission to establish energy storage portfolio standards. Requires reports by the Public Utilities Commission.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

CURTAILMENT

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2662 RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE LAND. Requires agreements to purchase geothermal and nonfossil fuel generated electricity to contain provisions that provide independent power producers with compensation for excessive curtailment.

BARREL TAX

2/6, 3:30pm, Room 225: SB2196 RELATING TO ENERGY.Re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed on June 30, 2013. Increases the amount of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund, energy security special fund, and agricultural development and food security special fund. Extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2030.

Local Industry News

Pacific Business News: Larry Ellison says Lanai can show 'green energy can be economical'

Civil Beat: Lawmakers may let Public Utilities Commission keep more special fund money

Star-Advertiser: Protect ratepayers as HECO evolves

PBN: Honolulu solar PV industry showing mixed signs so far this year

Civil Beat: Is Hawaii afraid to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases?

PBN: EPA says toxic chemicals releases in Hawaii rose in 2012

Blue Planet's 2014 Policy Priorities

Read about Blue Planet's key issues at the legislature this year.

Jan 27
2014
Legislative Hearings

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES

1/30, 8:30am, Room 325:  HB2141 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Establishes the Hawaii community-based renewable energy program to enable utility customers to participate in a community-based renewable energy facility and benefit from the electricity generated from such a facility. Effective July 1, 2014.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

Submit testimony in support of HB2141 here. Or send testimony directly via email to [email protected].

INTERCONNECTION

1/30, 8:30am, Room 325:  HB1943 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to adopt rules for improved accessibility to connect to the Hawaii electric system for any individual or business. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

BARREL TAX

1/30, 9:20am, Room 412:  HB2256 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX REPEAL DATE. Enables a resource strategy aligned with the State's 2030 clean energy laws.  Revises the environmental response, energy, and food security tax repeal date to June 30, 2030.

Read Blue Planet's testimony here.

Local industry news

PBN: Hawaiian Electric starts deactivating Downtown Honolulu power plant

Star-Advertiser: More homes to soak up the sun

Star-Advertiser: HECO begins deactivating its downtown power plant

Hawaii Public Radio: Clean energy legislation focuses on access to power

PBN: First Wind plans to build three large solar farms in Central Oahu

PBN: Castle & Cooke report says Oahu, Maui wind sites could generate 813MW

PBN: Oahu solar photovoltaic permits drop 30% in January

Star-Advertiser: Isle wind farm contractor has filed for bankruptcy

PBN: Battery storage mager Xtreme Power files Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Star-Advertiser: Kauai utility votes to keep opt-out fees

PBN: Members vote to keep Kauai Island Utility Cooperative smart meter opt-out fee

Star-Advertiser: Incentivize car sharing

Star-Advertiser: Solar endeavor starts to heat up

PBN: Solar PV firms adjust to policy changes at HECO

Midweek: An eye on clean energy bills

Blue Planet's 2014 Policy Priorities

Coming up next week:

COMMUNITY RENEWABLES

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB2934 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Establishes the Hawaii community-based renewable energy program to make the benefits of renewable energy more accessible to a greater number of Hawaii residents.

INTERCONNECTION

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB256 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to adopt rules for improved accessibility to connect to the Hawaii electric system for any person, business, or entity on the Hawaii electric system. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation.

ENERGY STORAGE

2/4, 2:45pm, Room 225: SB2932 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes energy storage portfolio standards that will facilitate increased use of renewable energy and reductions of fossil fuel consumption in Hawaii, while maintaining reliable and affordable electric service. Requires the public utilities commission to evaluate the energy storage portfolio standards every five years

RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2181 RELATING TO RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS. Increases renewable portfolio standards to seventy per cent by 2040 and one hundred per cent by 2050.

ENERGY STORAGE

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2933 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes an energy storage tax credit for utility scale renewable energy storage property.

CURTAILMENT

2/4, 3:15pm, Room 225: SB2662 RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE LAND. Requires agreements to purchase geothermal and nonfossil fuel generated electricity to contain provisions that provide independent power producers with compensation for excessive curtailment.

BARREL TAX

2/6, 3:30pm, Room 225: SB2196 RELATING TO ENERGY.Re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed on June 30, 2013. Increases the amount of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund, energy security special fund, and agricultural development and food security special fund. Extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2030.

Jan 21
2014
State of the State Address

Gov. Neil Abercrombie delivers the 2014 State of the State Address at 10am on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Read the transcript.

Interisland cable public hearings: Tuesday, Jan. 21 (Honolulu) and Thursday, Jan. 24 (Kahului)

OAHU: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 6 pm at Farrington High School Cafeteria (1564 North King St., Honolulu)

MAUI: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 6 pm at Pomaikai Elementary School Cafeteria (4650 S Kamehameha Ave., Kahului)

Local industry news

Star-Advertiser: Incentivize car sharing

Star-Advertiser: Pace of solar system installation is slowest since 2010

Civil Beat: Hawaii solar sales continued strong growth in 2013

PBN: Hawaiian Electric says solar PV installations rose 40% in 2013

PBN: NextEra Energy plans large solar farm on Dole Food Co. land in Hawaii

Star-Advertiser: Firm allowed to shield data on wind project

Hawaii News Now: State: Cable will save consumers $423 million

Star-Advertiser: Undersea cable linking Maui, Oahu electric grids would save money

Civil Beat: Plans for Oahu-Maui grid connection raise questions about Lanai

PBN: Solar gardens can make everyone a winner

PBN: Energy Excelerator captures top talent to support new Hawaii startups

PBN: Solar gardens can make everyone a winner

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy