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Dec 23
2014

BLUE PLANET'S 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And across the whole grid
Santa reviewed how clean energy did...
 
PV had been hung on the rooftops with care
In hopes that interconnection approvals soon would be there
HECO was snug, with their IRP filed
(Who knew sweet acquisition NextEra beguiled?)
 
From the PUC there arose such a clatter
The Commission scoffed and rejected the matter.
They offered Inclinations as a roadmap to follow
But big transformation's a hard pill to swallow.
 
Rosenblum bid farewell; Oshima grabbed the reins
HECO's revamped power plans still had the same old pains.
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:
 
It’s all about the grid; it’s not safe—no storage.
So they put out RFPs, making plans for storage.
Look, here comes KIUC—with big plans for storage…
They’re bringing hydro back!
 
Clean mobility is on the rise… 3,000 EVs on island streets
Next up, how about hydrogen and biodiesel for our fleets?
The King Street cycle track will lower VMTs
And Uber and Lyft are moving people where they please.
 
Hats off to bold thinking, Dutch Kuyper, Ron Binz!
Where technology leaves off, Energy Excelerator begins.
Kudos to HSWAC, Makani Wind, and Stem
Here’s to tomorrow’s clean power, enabled by on-bill and GEMS.
 
HCEI v. 2.0 reaffirms that our future will be green
Now the only “magical” thinking is that natural gas is clean.
 
From Santa’s perch above the pali, two solar farms did appear
He thought about the daily load as he went to pack his gear.
On Hawaii Energy! On Honeywell! Efficiency is always nigh.
With proper pricing and demand response, we’ll teach this duck to fly!
 
Flanked by Blue Planeteers on his left and on his right,
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

Dear Friends:

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 protected].

Mahalo for your support,

Jeff Mikulina

Blue Planet Foundation Executive Director


Ways to Give to Blue Planet

We need your help to make a difference for Hawaii’s clean energy future. There are several ways to give to Blue Planet Foundation this holiday season:

1) Make a Direct Contribution

A direct contribution to Blue Planet is the best way to give us the ability to act where it counts. Online donations are fast and easy! Go to blueplanetfoundation.org/donate.

2) Donate Via Aloha United Way

Blue Planet Foundation is a partner agency with Aloha United Way. If you would like to donate through Aloha United Way, visit auw.org/donate and choose Blue Planet as your designated agency (select Blue Planet Foundation - 80170).

3) Donate Via Network for Good

We also partner with Network for Good, the leading online giving platform accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. Click here to donate to Blue Planet through Network for Good.

4) Go Shopping!

You shop. Amazon gives! All you have to do is start shopping from this AmazonSmile page. It offers the same products and prices as the regular Amazon site, but they will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Blue Planet.

5) Volunteer

We know your time is valuable, and we are grateful for the many volunteers that support our programs and events throughout the year. If you would like to become a Blue Planeteer, email us at [email protected] to be notified of upcoming volunteer opportunities.

 

Believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels!

Blue Planet Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. MAHALO for your tax-deductible donation.

Dec 23
2014
Dec 14
2014
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
2014
Dec 02
2014
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
2014
Nov 17
2014
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
2014
Nov 02
2014
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
2014
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

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy