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Use of renewable fuel by all ground transit sought by 2045Posted on April 4, 2017 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Transportation
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  A key Senate committee passed a bill Monday that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed HB 1580, which provides “guidance” for a 2045 target that has no enforcement mechanisms. The bill also sets an intermediate […]
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Honolulu ranks top in the nation for solar energy installationsPosted on April 4, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Solar
(Pacific Business News)  Honolulu ranks first in the United States when it comes to solar energy installations per capita, according to a new report released Tuesday. Hawaii’s state capital also ranks third in the nation in terms of installed solar photovoltaic capacity with 175 watts per person, behind only San Diego and Los Angeles. The […]
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Isle plant to quit coal despite Trump orderPosted on April 3, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  AES Hawaii Inc., the state’s only coal-fired power plant, isn’t altering its plans to convert to renewable fuel sources despite President Donald Trump’s executive order last week seeking to ramp up coal production. Robert McCann, interim plant manager at AES, said Friday the facility is going to continue with its efforts to transition […]
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Isles green energy fans decry Trump’s order boosting coalPosted on March 30, 2017 in Clean Energy, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  President Donald Trump’s executive order pumping up coal production and undermining climate change regulations is being roundly criticized in Hawaii. Politicians, environmentalists and advocates for clean energy denounced the order as a step backward at a time when our planet can’t afford it. “It is just maddening,” said Jeff Mikulina, executive director of […]
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Anti-gasoline bill deferred by panel as DBEDT objectsPosted on March 29, 2017 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Transportation
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  A House bill that would eliminate the use of fossil fuel vehicles on Hawaii’s roadways by 2045 hit a speed bump in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means deferred HB 1580, which would establish the 2045 target. The bill also would set a short-term plan to both reduce […]
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Molokai could be first Hawaiian Island to achieve 100% clean energyPosted on March 28, 2017 in Headlines, Molokai, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Molokai could become the first Hawaiian Island to reach 100 percent renewable energy. Plans were unveiled at last week’s 4th Annual Maui Energy Conference that included the development of a battery energy storage system at the existing Maui Electric Co. Palaau Power Plant on the Friendly Isle. The battery system is being […]
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Utility buyer suggests ownership modelPosted on March 24, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Utilities
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Washington D.C.-based Twenty First Century Utilities, a company looking to own and operate regulated utilities, proposed a business model that could be used in Hawaii at the Maui Energy Conference. “Hawaii is a fascinating place, great for renewables, and it would be exciting to try this model here,” said Cheryl Roberto, partner at […]
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Maui Energy Conference reports record-breaking attendance this yearPosted on March 23, 2017 in Headlines, Maui, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  The Maui Energy Conference, which is currently underway in its fourth year, reports the highest amount of attendees in its short history, a conference organizer confirmed to Pacific Business News. The conference, which kicked off Wednesday at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, has a little more than 350 people […]
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Energy project between Hawaii, Japan’s Hitachi to start next phasePosted on March 23, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  A Maui project involving Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. that is aimed at improving the integration of renewable-energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and preparing for the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles, has just concluded its evaluation phase and is now continuing on to its next phase. Jeanne Skog, the outgoing president […]
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Panelist: ‘Food, water and energy must all intersect in agriculture’Posted on March 23, 2017 in Agriculture, Headlines, Maui News
(The Maui News) “Food and energy. It’s always been made out that there’s competition because there’s a finite amount of farmland,” said Rick Volner, general manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. But, “if you design agricultural systems correctly, they’ll actually complement each other,” Volner said Wednesday at the Maui Energy Conference. Volner was part […]
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