Articles filed under General from Hawaii

Blowing in the wind: Maui Electric Co. saves money by using fossil fuels

Curtailing wind energy has resulted in savings of $769,000 in 2015, $1.3 million in 2016 and $930,000 through November of last year for MECO. But this unexpected change in production cost is putting MECO in a bind. Should the utility accept more wind energy but at a higher cost, or use fossil generation, which is cheaper but has a negative environmental impact?
19 Jan 2018

Public may get more say in wind farms

On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill that requires wind farm developers looking to build in agricultural or country zones on Oahu to host a public hearing, present details to the area neighborhood board or community association and notify nearby property owners of the pending permit application.
13 Aug 2017

NextEra subsidiary pulls out of Kahikinui wind project

Department Deputy Chairman William Aila Jr. said Thursday that the department was notified about two weeks ago that the NextEra subsidiary would be withdrawing from the project. That was a few weeks after the PUC rejected Next-Era's $2.63 billion bid to purchase Hawaiian Electric Co. NextEra had been collecting meteorological, archaeological and biological data to try to determine the best site for the wind power project, said Aila.
12 Aug 2016

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

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

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

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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