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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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Hawaii’s energy storage tax credit bill fails to pass out of committeePosted on March 22, 2017 in Energy Storage, Headlines, Policy
(Utility Dive) Dive Brief: A measure to provide tax credits for energy storage installations failed to make it out of a Hawaii Senate committee, Pacific Business Reports, leaving just one other storage-related incentive before lawmakers. House Bill 1593 would establish a cash rebate system for energy storage installations, and a public hearing will be held […]
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New power plant in Central Oahu set to be operational in first quarter of 2018Posted on March 22, 2017 in Headlines, Military, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Hawaiian Electric Co.’s $167 million power plant currently being built in Central Oahu at the Army’s Schofield Barracks is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018, a company executive with the Honolulu-based utility said Wednesday at an energy conference. Scott Seu, senior vice president of public affairs for the […]
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Energy program accounts for more than $325M in lifetime savings for customersPosted on March 22, 2017 in Energy Efficiency, Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News) Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties, accounted for more than $325 million in lifetime savings for its customers in its last program year, its top executive said Wednesday at an industry event on Maui. Those savings come as the program deals with a […]
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Energy storage tax credit bill shelved; cash rebate bill still alivePosted on March 20, 2017 in Energy Storage, Headlines, Pacific Business News, Tax credit
(Pacific Business News)  A bill that would’ve provided a tax credit for energy storage projects has been shelved. Senate Bill 365 failed to cross over to the House after being deferred by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy. Sen. Lorraine Inouye, D-Hilo-Kona, chairwoman of this committee, also was one of the introducers of the […]
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Alternate utility proposed for West OahuPosted on March 17, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Utilities
(Pacific Business News)  The creation of an alternate electric utility, such as a cooperative or public utility, could be in the works to help solve the major power issues hindering the redevelopment of 3,700 acres of former Navy land in West Oahu, Pacific Business News has learned. Dozens of businesses in Kalaeloa have suffered from […]
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Hawaii Electric Light opens third EV fast charger on the island in WaimeaPosted on March 11, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Hawaii Island, Headlines
(Hawaii 24/7)  Hawaii Electric Light announces the opening of a new utility-owned and operated electric vehicle DC fast charger accessible to the Hawaii Island community. The company held a dedication ceremony for the unit located at KTA Super Stores in Waimea Center Friday (March 10). This is the first DC fast charger, also known as […]
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Nearly 26 percent of HECO’s power is now coming from green sources, the utility saysPosted on March 9, 2017 in Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Utilities
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. says it’s ahead of schedule in reaching the state’s renewable energy goal, largely due to the popularity of rooftop solar systems. The state’s dominant electric utility said Wednesday that 25.8 percent of its electricity came from renewable energy resources last year, up from 23.2 percent in 2015. HECO submitted its […]
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Tesla batteries boost Kauai solar facilityPosted on March 9, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Kauai, Solar
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, whose grid has maxed out on the amount of solar it can take, has connected Tesla Powerpacks to get the island’s largest solar system online. KIUC and Tesla representatives held a blessing ceremony Wednesday for a 13-megawatt solar system located on 50 acres of Grove Farm property north of […]
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