Articles from Hawaii

PUC Votes to Not Approve the HECO Companies and NextEra Energy’s Joint Application for Change of Control

In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) today dismissed without prejudice the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”)1 and NextEra Energy’s (“NextEra”) (collectively, the HECO Companies and NextEra are referred to as the “Applicants”) Joint Application for the Change of Control (“Application” or “Change of Control”). Commissioner Thomas C. Gorak abstained from signing the Decision and Order.
15 Jul 2016

$30 billion estimate burdens consumers, NextEra critics say

Eric Gleason, president of NextEra Energy Hawaii LLC, said at a Waikiki business luncheon this week that getting the state off its dependence on oil would cost $30 billion over the next three decades. ...divided among Hawaiian Electric's 455,000 ratepayers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, each customer would pay an additional $183 per month for 30 years.
11 Nov 2015

Hawaii's renewable plan: Is it just a pipe dream?

Hawaii's goal was to have 15 percent of its power be renewable this year, and it will beat that easily. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., which provides electricity to five Hawaiian islands, said that in 2014, 21 percent of its power was renewable. ...But getting to 100-percent will take much more than merely doing more of the same.
6 Oct 2015

Utility-scale offshore wind proposal floated for Hawaii

The company also acknowledged several potential development hurdles justifying the project’s $1.9 billion price tag. For example, the company stated there are no manufacturing or harbor facilities yet available in Hawaii that are suitable for assembling an offshore wind project at this scale. However, the company also believes it is possible to not exceed a cost of $5 million per megawatt installed. 
24 Mar 2015

Battery Fires: The alternative energy problem we need to talk about

Green energy represents a key investment in the globe’s future but, as this and other issues reveal, it can come with hidden problems the energy suppliers need to tackle head-on. Accidents are a risk in any industry, and firefighters always take their lives into their hands on the job, but improving safety records–Kahuku had multiple battery fires before the devastating 2012 incident–should be a priority if we are to achieve our green energy goals.
9 Mar 2015

SEC Filing: Defective turbines and batteries, secret golden parachutes at Hawaii windfarms

Hawaii’s largest windfarm developer is selling its windfarms to a “dividend growth-oriented” holding company, Terra Form Power, Inc.  Fortunately for Hawai’i Free Press readers, TerraForm’s S-1 report filed with the SEC December 9, 2014 is very revealing about problems with turbines, batteries, tax credits, golden parachutes, and dead birds and bats at First Wind’s Kahuku, Oahu, and Kaheawa, Maui, windfarms. 
9 Feb 2015

Hawaii windmills take a toll on endangered animals

Most concerning is the number of endangered birds and bats killed by wind turbines over a period of six years and seven months. According to statistics examined by KITV4, 25 Hawaiian hoary bats, 20 nene and four Hawaiian petrels have fallen victim to wind turbines. For a complete list of birds and animals killed by wind turbines in Hawaii, click here .
5 May 2014

Kahuku wind project online after 2012 fire

First Wind announced Thursday that the Kahuku Wind project on the North Shore of Oahu is back online at full capacity. Following a battery facility fire that suspended operations in August of 2012, First Wind worked with Hawaiian Electric Company and other experts to bring the Kahuku project back to its full capacity of 30 megawatts.
14 Feb 2014

Xtreme Power bankruptcy raises warranty questions

Xtreme Power’s bankruptcy filings indicate that the company has more than $10 million in debts owed to more than 50 parties. Creditors include Arnel Investments, which is owed $3.7 million, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, which gave the company a grant under its Section 1603 renewable energy program. The energy department is owed $372,631.
29 Jan 2014
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