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Plenty of green powerPosted on June 8, 2017 in Headlines, Hydroelectric Power, Kauai, The Garden Island
(The Garden Island)  An integrated energy project on Kauai’s Westside could push the island past the newly set goal of 70 percent energy generation from renewable resources by 2030. The anticipated $80 million to $100 million Kauai Island Utility Cooperative pumped storage hydro project would use Kokee Ditch, Puu Lua and Puu Opae reservoirs, as […]
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Hawaii aligns with goals of Paris climate accordPosted on June 7, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Policy, State of Hawaii
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaii became the first state in the nation to enact portions of the Paris climate agreement into law Tuesday with Gov. David Ige signing Senate Bill 559. “Our island communities lead the way when it comes to climate change impacts and policies,” Ige said at a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol, […]
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Hawaii becomes first state to enact law that aligns with Paris agreementPosted on June 6, 2017 in Headlines, Policy, State of Hawaii
(ABC News)  Hawaii has become the first state to enact a law that aligns with the Paris agreement after its governor signed two bills into law Tuesday that “support the commitments and goals” of the accord, Gov. David Ige’s office announced Tuesday. The governor, as well as the state’s county mayors and state representatives gathered […]
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Trump’s budget proposal could affect Hawaii’s renewable energy goalsPosted on May 26, 2017 in Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), Headlines, Pacific Business News, State Energy Office
(Pacific Business News)  President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 could impact Hawaii’s energy sector as cuts may hamper energy innovation efforts, according to industry leaders in the state. The president’s budget would cut $3.1 billion from energy research programs at the Energy Department, which represents an 18 percent reduction from last year, according to […]
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Ige picks researcher for Public Utilities Commission seatPosted on May 23, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Gov. David Ige appointed Jay Griffin to serve as the third member of a state panel responsible for regulating utilities. Ige announced Friday that Griffin was his choice for interim member of the Public Utilities Commission. Griffin works as a researcher and faculty member at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University […]
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Ige names University of Hawaii researcher to PUC postPosted on May 19, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
(Pacific Business News)  Gov. David Ige on Friday appointed James “Jay” Griffin, a natural energy researcher at the University of Hawaii Manoa, to an interim seat on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. “We are excited to find a talented individual in Jay Griffin, who has demonstrated expertise and is aligned with our commitment to a […]
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21 win state awards for green practicesPosted on May 18, 2017 in Energy Efficiency, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, State Energy Office
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Gov. David Ige honored 13 businesses and eight events for their energy-efficient and conservation practices at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The 21 honorees received awards from the Hawaii Green Business Program for their efforts to reduce their water and electricity use and their production of waste. Since Hawaii Green Business’ inception in […]
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State recognizes Hawaii businesses, events for green practicesPosted on May 18, 2017 in Energy Efficiency, Headlines, Pacific Business News, State Energy Office
(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii on Wednesday honored 13 businesses and eight events for pursuing energy efficiency and sustainable business practices with this year’s Hawaii Green Business awards. One of the recipients is a hotel that diverts up to 30 percent of its wast from the landfill and saves more than 10 million gallons of water […]
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JUMPSmartMaui project comes to ‘successful’ endPosted on May 16, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, Maui
(The Maui News)  The JUMPSmartMaui renewable energy demonstration project that helped set up electric vehicle charging station infrastructure and smart-grid EV technology on the island came to a “successful” conclusion in February after a nearly six-year run, the project announced this month. Japan’s largest public research and development management organization, New Energy and Industrial Technology […]
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Luis Salaveria, from intern to bossPosted on May 10, 2017 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Luis Salaveria has been the director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism since 2014, a place where he once interned. “When you’re an intern, plugging numbers in the Hawaii State Data Book in 1992, you never know what organization you’re going to be involved with,” he said, recalling […]
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