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NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member?

PUC commissioner Mike Champley could be off the board on June 30. That puts a new card in Gov. David Ige’s hand.

HECO Willing To Discuss Possibility of Reviving Canceled Solar Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HECO Willing To Discuss Possibility of Reviving Canceled Solar Projects

Hawaiian Electric Co. tells a new solar suitor it’s open to talking about the three SunEdison projects, but wants bankruptcy risks addressed.

Is Hawaii Hampering Efforts To Reach Renewable Energy Goal?

Is Hawaii Hampering Efforts To Reach Renewable Energy Goal?

Hawaiian Electric should not stand in the way of SunEdison solar farms being constructed on Oahu, investment firm manager says.

Kauai Utility CEO: Renewable Energy Goal Not Cheap Or Easy To Meet Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Kauai Utility CEO: Renewable Energy Goal Not Cheap Or Easy To Meet

The Maui Energy Conference kicked off with discussions of how Hawaii will achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goal.

Governor: 100% Renewable Energy Formula ‘Flawed’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor: 100% Renewable Energy Formula ‘Flawed’

House lawmakers reconsidered a bill that the governor says more accurately calculates how much electricity comes from renewable sources.

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid?

The lengthy hearing process ended Tuesday and regulators are expected to begin weighing whether the $4.3 billion deal to buy Hawaiian Electric is in Hawaii’s best interest.

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger?

Many organizations have spoken out against the purchase of Hawaiian Electric, but not much has been heard from certain supporters.

Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators? Doug Murray/FPL

Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators?

Utility regulators who rejected a massive rate hike six years ago for a NextEra subsidiary soon found themselves out of a job.

UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What?

The University of Hawaii is hoping a new focus on renewables will finally help it meet energy consumption goals it set years ago.

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions

A risk analysis by the sustainable investment firm Ulupono projects that switching to LNG could save Hawaii at least $7.3 billion over 15 years.

Hawaii Gas Promises To Save Us $1.3 Billion — If Only We Let Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gas Promises To Save Us $1.3 Billion — If Only We Let Them

As the gas company prepares to announce a possible liquefied natural gas partner, it touts an analysis claiming big savings if Hawaii switches from oil to LNG to fuel power plants.

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator Ormat Technologies Inc.

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

The operator of Hawaii’s sole geothermal power plant is fined more than $76,000 for accidental chemical releases in 2013.

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

NextEra Energy’s proposed takeover of Hawaii’s century-old utility has sparked a renewed effort to establish an electric utility co-op on Hawaii Island.

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

The substantial drop in oil prices has complicated NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric, and could make it harder for Hawaii to accept the company.

NextEra Energy Merger: The Real Action Is In The Politicking Courtesy of TASC

NextEra Energy Merger: The Real Action Is In The Politicking

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission will ultimately decide if the $4.3 billion deal should be approved, but that hasn’t stopped polling, press conferences and news releases.

March 2016

Monday, March 28

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member?

Thursday, March 24

HECO Willing To Discuss Possibility of Reviving Canceled Solar Projects

Thursday, March 17

Is Hawaii Hampering Efforts To Reach Renewable Energy Goal?

Wednesday, March 16

Kauai Utility CEO: Renewable Energy Goal Not Cheap Or Easy To Meet

Thursday, March 3

Governor: 100% Renewable Energy Formula ‘Flawed’

Tuesday, March 1

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid?

February 2016

Thursday, February 25

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger?

Friday, February 19

Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators?

Thursday, February 18

UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What?

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions

Tuesday, January 19

Hawaii Gas Promises To Save Us $1.3 Billion — If Only We Let Them

Tuesday, January 12

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

Monday, January 4

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

December 2015

Friday, December 18

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

Wednesday, December 2

NextEra Energy Merger: The Real Action Is In The Politicking

November 2015

Friday, November 27

NextEra Deal: Critical Hearings Set To Begin In $4.3B Merger Case

Wednesday, November 25

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

Friday, November 20

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Wednesday, November 11

Bring On The Merger Case: Hawaii Energy Regulators Get Reinforcements

October 2015

Monday, October 26

Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out?

Monday, October 19

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

Tuesday, October 13

Utility Merger or Election Campaign? Debate Over NextEra Deal Blurs the Line

Thursday, October 1

NextEra Merger Takes Back Seat to Co-op Talk on Big Island

September 2015

Monday, September 21

Iwase Pushes the PUC: ‘I’m Not Here to Make Everyone Happy’

Friday, September 18

NextEra, Hawaiian Electric Revise List of Paid Consultants

Thursday, September 17

Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion

Tuesday, September 15

Does a New Law Really Require 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045?

Tuesday, September 8

Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers

Friday, September 4

Maui Gives State Utility Regulators an Earful on NextEra Dealma

Thursday, September 3

State, County Lawmakers Want to Explore Public Utility Option for Hawaii

What Would a Nuclear Disaster in Florida Mean for Hawaiian Electric?

August 2015

Monday, August 31

NextEra, Hawaiian Electric Make New Commitments in Merger Deal

Tuesday, August 25

Crutch or Bridge? Panel Debates Using Liquefied Natural Gas in Hawaii

Thursday, August 20

Partners in Proposed Power Merger Pressed to Release LNG Emails

July 2015

Tuesday, July 21

Ige Rebuffs Merger Deal Between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric

June 2015

Thursday, June 11

Achieving the Impossible: A Renewable Energy Future

Wednesday, June 10

Hawaiian Electric Shareholders Approve Takeover By NextEra

Hawaii’s Bold New Approach to Energy Policy

April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

Geothermal Developer Denies Fraud in Response to Whistleblower Lawsuit

Friday, April 24

Battle Over Geothermal Contract Plays Out in Court and at PUC

Thursday, April 23

New Tesla Batteries May Answer Hawaii Energy Problem

Monday, April 20

Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant

Monday, April 13

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public?

Monday, April 6

State Tracking Sustainability Progress Via New Online Dashboard

Wednesday, April 1

Blue Planet Foundation Blasts Hawaii PUC Ruling

March 2015

Thursday, March 26

Hawaiian Electric CEO: We Will Continue to Pursue LNG

Tuesday, March 24

Geothermal Study Planned for Hualalai Volcano

Care to Weigh in on the Deal Between NextEra and Hawaiian Electric?

Thursday, March 5

Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

February 2015

Wednesday, February 18

Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works

Tuesday, February 17

Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale

December 2014

Monday, December 29

Are Hawaiian Electric and NextEra Energy ‘Getting Married?’

February 2014

Friday, February 7

Harris: Hawaii Electric Rates Are Up 50 Percent Since 2009

September 2013

Friday, September 27

Going Off the Grid and the Solar Industry’s Holy Grail

July 2013

Saturday, July 13

Hawaii Regulators Stop Plans for Lanai Wind Farm, Undersea Cable

Thursday, July 11

HECO Says Residents With Solar Aren’t Paying Their Fair Share of Costs

June 2013

Wednesday, June 26

A Very Special Fund Keeps Hawaii’s Electric Bills High

Thursday, June 20

The Public Utilities Commission Finally Generates Some Sparks

Sunday, June 16

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission: Big Issues Mark 100th Birthday

Saturday, June 15

Judge Tosses Sierra Club’s Solar Tax Credit Lawsuit

Thursday, June 13

HECO’s New Five-Year Energy Plan Calls For Lowering Electric Bills

Wednesday, June 5

Did Hawaii’s Energy Reform Leave Consumers Vulnerable?

February 2013

Wednesday, February 13

Hawaii Economists: Residential Solar Could Cost State $1.4 Billion

Thursday, February 7

Molokai Big Wind Deal Falls Apart

January 2013

Sunday, January 27

Maui’s Hopes to Turn Its Trash Into Energy Could Be Dashed by HECO

Thursday, January 24

Will Hawaii Have a Solar System on Every Rooftop? Gov Hopes So

Wednesday, January 23

Delay In HECO’s Energy Plan Is Driving Up Costs For Developers

Thursday, January 17

Hawaii Gas Gets Green Light From Feds To Begin LNG Shipments

Friday, January 11

Solar Tax Controversy Expected To Heat Up 2013 Legislative Session

Wednesday, January 9

Hawaii and Japan: Imagining The Future of Renewable Energy

Monday, January 7

Report Says Natural Gas Will Bring Major Cost Savings to Hawaii

Saturday, January 5

Does Japan’s Nuclear Showdown Mean A Slow Down For Renewables?

Friday, January 4

Gene Ward: Solar Only A Tiny Portion of Oahu’s Grid

December 2012

Thursday, December 13

State Exempts Some Solar Projects From Tax Credit Crackdown

Tuesday, December 11

Bombs Away: Undersea Cable May Run Afoul Of WWII Munitions Dump

Wednesday, December 5

After Fire, Kahuku Wind Farm Fends Off Safety Concerns

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Hawaii Gas CEO Looks To Washington For Political Support For LNG

Wednesday, November 14

Hawaii’s Booming Solar Industry In Uproar Over New Tax Credit Rules

Tuesday, November 6

Hawaii Tax Department Poised to Crack Down on Solar Tax Credits

October 2012

Tuesday, October 16

Vivint Dominates Hawaii Solar Market, Sparks Consumer Fears

Friday, October 12

Kauai Utility Blazes Ahead on Renewable Energy

August 2012

Tuesday, August 21

Idle Kahuku Wind Farm Still Costing Ratepayers

Tuesday, August 14

Hawaii Energy Confab: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Scooters Are Here

Thursday, August 9

Change Is In The Wind For Big Wind Project

Friday, August 3

Aina Koa Pono Biofuel Contract Gets Second Look

July 2012

Friday, July 20

Oahu Heating Up? New Geothermal Testing Could Change Energy Plan

June 2012

Tuesday, June 26

Billionaire One Step Closer to Clinching Lanai Deal

Thursday, June 14

Report: Envisioning The Demise Of HECO

Wednesday, June 6

Can Natural Gas Solve Hawaii’s Energy Woes?

May 2012

Thursday, May 31

Hawaii Auditor Critical of Natural Energy Lab

Wednesday, May 9

New Electric Meters Spark Privacy, Health Fears

April 2012

Friday, April 27

Civil Beat Poll – Hawaii Wants Undersea Cable

Tuesday, April 24

I Aloha Molokai: Arizona Utility Abandoning Wind Power

Thursday, April 19

Report Says Solar Tax Credits Have Been Good For the State

Tuesday, April 17

Seawater Air Conditioning Project Still Struggling

March 2012

Tuesday, March 20

Hawaii Could Be First in Nation to Establish ‘Clean Economy Bank’ For Energy

Hawaii ‘Ambassador of Energy’ Pushing State Renewable Policy Forward

Tuesday, March 13

Offshore Energy Projects Run Up Against Feds

Thursday, March 8

State: No Data On Cost Of Solar System Tax Credits

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

U.S. Energy Secretary Touts Lasers for Hawaii Geothermal Development

Tuesday, February 28

Hawaii Solar Energy Leader Voted Out

Wednesday, February 1

Want Solar Panels? You May Have to Pay HECO Thousands in Studies

January 2012

Tuesday, January 24

Abercrombie: Hawaii In The Hands of Singapore Oil Speculators

Tuesday, January 17

Spirited Debate in Store for Energy in 2012 Legislature

Saturday, January 14

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 16-22

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 9 – 13

Wednesday, January 11

Renewable Energy Push Could Hurt Refineries

Tuesday, January 10

HECO: Japan Tsunami Keeping Hawaii Electric Rates High

Saturday, January 7

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 2-8

Wednesday, December 28

Abercrombie: The State Saved $20 Million Through Energy Efficiency Efforts

Abercrombie: Hawaii Second In Nation for Energy Savings Per Capita

Tuesday, December 27

Abercrombie: Hawaii Second In Nation for Solar

Friday, December 23

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Friday, December 16

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Tuesday, December 13

Oahu’s North Shore To Host Hawaii’s Largest Wind Farm

Thursday, December 8

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Sunday, December 4

Hawaii Should Show Way to Better Energy Future

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Hawaii Utility Regulators’ Lack Of Data Is ‘Troubling’

PUC Eases Rules For Small Solar Projects

Time Running Out For Hawaii Wind Farm Grant

Wednesday, November 23

Japan-U.S. Smart Grid Project To Be Sited on Maui

Tuesday, November 22

Sempra’s Giant Solar Farm Unlikely Replacement for Molokai Big Wind

Tuesday, November 15

VIDEO — Newsmaker: Hawaii and Energy with Mark Glick

Hawaii, China Agree to Clean Energy Projects at APEC Forum

Monday, November 14

Energy Crisis Looming For Asia-Pacific Region

Wednesday, November 9

Up In The Air: Will Molokai’s Resistance Save It From Big Wind?

October 2011

Saturday, October 29

A Masterpiece of Corporate Chicanery

Wednesday, October 26

What Happens to Wind Turbines When They Die?

Thursday, October 20

Hawaii has the Highest Electricity Rates in the Nation

Wednesday, October 19

Residential Audits Threaten Future of Hawaii Solar Industry

Sunday, October 16

Geothermal Push Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Saturday, October 15

Hawaiian Electric Seeks New Energy Supply

Thursday, October 13

SunPower Gains Approval for Kalaeloa Solar Project

Tuesday, October 11

Aina Koa Pono Slams State Regulators for Rejecting Biofuels Contract

Thursday, October 6

New Commissioner Brings Deep Resume, Distinct Ideas to Energy Debate

September 2011

Friday, September 30

Aina Koa Pono Contract Rejected

Biofuels Company Wins Hawaii Contract

Wednesday, September 28

Capitol Watch: Sept. 28

Tuesday, September 27

We in Hawaii Are the Canary in the Coal Mine

Friday, September 23

Hawaii’s Clean Energy Policy is the Nation’s Most Aggressive

Sunday, September 18

VIDEO: TJ Glauthier Says Kuokoa Plan Feasible

Friday, September 16

Energy and Oil: Hawaii’s Faustian Bargain

Wednesday, September 14

James Woolsey on Kuokoa, Hawaii’s Energy Options

Tuesday, September 13

LIVE BLOG: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

Monday, September 5

Expensive Electricity Threatens Hawaii’s Food Security

Trying to be Safe by Doing Nothing is No Longer Safe 

Thursday, September 1

Local ‘Ag’ Strives to Meet Hawaii’s Energy Needs

August 2011

Thursday, August 25

Hawaii Regulators Shoot Down HECO Request to Reconsider ‘Big Wind’

Hawaii Biofuels Plant Passes Hurdle

Tuesday, August 23

Kuokoa Board Members Headline Hawaii Energy Conference

Saturday, August 20

Hawaii PUC Lags Far Behind Other States

Tuesday, August 16

A Hawaii Carbon Tax?

Thursday, August 11

Hawaii Biofuels Option Could Prove Costly

Friday, August 5

Proposed Big Island Biofuel Plant Attracts Strong Supporters, Vocal Skeptics

Tuesday, August 2

Pacific Biodiesel Lands Second Biofuels Contract

Monday, August 1

Capitol Watch: Aug. 1

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

Warm Hawaii Government Offices Chill AC Sting

Friday, July 29

Abercrombie’s Energy Plan Is Nowhere in Sight

Wednesday, July 27

‘Big Wind’ Project Faces Mounting Uncertainty

Tuesday, July 19

The Solar Industry vs. HECO – Not So Hostile

Monday, July 18

Going Down to Electric Avenue

My Life, My Island, and the World

Thursday, July 14

Kauai Utility Averts Hydro Challenge — Again

Friday, July 8

Pele’s Potential

June 2011

Wednesday, June 29

Hawaii Gov’t Offices Vow to Go Green

Monday, June 27

 Abercrombie: Big Island Alternative Energy Potential Best on Earth

May 2011

Monday, May 30

Hawaii’s Electric Vehicle Rebates Off to Slow Start

Wednesday, May 18

Kauai Bird Plan OK With Feds, Not Yet With State

Thursday, May 5

Session Wrap: Energy Bills Pass, But Little Spark

April 2011

Thursday, April 28

Lanai Group Asks Hawaii To Void Big Wind Deal

On-Bill Financing Back From The Dead

Gas Breaks $6 Mark in Hawaii

Wednesday, April 27

AAA: Gas Prices in Hawaii Are Now at an All-Time High

Hawaii On-Bill Financing Not Happening This Year

Monday, April 25

‘Unanswered Questions’ Hold Up On-Bill Financing

On-bill Financing Would Make Clean Energy Accessible to Everyone

Monday, April 18

Capitol Watch: April 19

Friday, April 15

NYT: Company Wants Big Wind on Maui, not Molokai

Tuesday, April 5

Energy Expert to Hawaii: Expect $6-a-Gallon Gas

Friday, April 1

Molokai Missed Deadline, Lanai Could Get Big Wind

March 2011

Tuesday, March 29

Drawing the Line on How to Protect Hawaii Seabirds

Friday, March 18

Learning from Japan’s Nuclear Disaster: Lessons for Hawaii

Wednesday, March 16

Hawaii Lawmaker: Nuclear Energy Still ‘Viable Option’

Thursday, March 10

Bill Watch: No Steam for Energy Legislation

Monday, March 7

Solutions to Up-Front Costs for Energy Efficiency

Sunday, March 6

Lights On Across Oahu

Thursday, March 3

As Energy Targets Loom, Bill Shows Who Has Power

February 2011

Saturday, February 19

Barrel Tax Stuck Until Gov’s Budget Arrives

Thursday, February 10

Is Hawaii Expanding Solar Water Heater Loophole?

Wednesday, February 9

HECO Picks Mainland Company For Solar Farm

Big Wind To Go The way of the Super Ferry?

Friday, February 4

Morita Brings Energy to Hawaii Utility Regulators

January 2011

Friday, January 28

Mileage Tax Could Get Test Drive in Hawaii

Thursday, January 27

New Session, New Bills on Energy, Agriculture, Land

Wednesday, January 26

Environmental Groups Roll Out Legislative Agenda

HECO Plans Second Waste-to-Energy Plant

Tuesday, January 25

Abercrombie Backs Off Campaign Energy Plan

Wednesday, January 19

Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future

Tuesday, January 18

Hawaii Deserves Better Than Industrial Wind Power from ‘Big Wind’

Thursday, January 13

Kokubun Back in Senate, Pitching for Opposing Team

Wednesday, January 12

Senate’s Big Wind Hearing: Let the Negotiations Begin!

Sunday, January 9

Biofuel Solution?

Saturday, January 8

Hawaiian Electric Mum On Possible Buyout

Another Day, Another 20-Year Power Purchase Agreement

Hawaiian Electric Takeover Spurs Angry E-mails

Friday, January 7

Local Hui Aims to Buy Out Hawaiian Electric

HECO: We’re Serious About Biofuels

December 2010

Wednesday, December 29

Electric Plant a Sore Point on Big Island

November 2010

Wednesday, November 17

Building Company Honored for Energy Savings Got Solar Exemptions

Saturday, November 6

State Allows Developers to Flout Solar Mandate

Friday, November 5

Mandatory Solar Hot Water for New Homes: Don’t Believe It

October 2010

Thursday, October 28

A Night on ‘The Value of Hawaii’ – Energy and Water

Saturday, October 23

Join Us to Talk Energy and Water

Saturday, October 9

Aiona’s Shades of Blue: Energy and Sustainability

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29

Aiona Shines at Energy Expo

Sunday, September 26

The Value of Hawaii: Energy by Henry Curtis

Saturday, September 25

Another Energy Audit Criticizes ‘Lethargic’ Stimulus Spending

Saturday, September 11

Hawaii’s Stimulus Energy Funds Unspent, U.S. Auditor Says

Wednesday, September 1

Hawaii Shows Greatest U.S. Interest in Nissan Leaf

August 2010

Friday, August 27

Comments You Don’t Want to Miss: Aug. 28

Thursday, August 12

Nuclear Debate Bubbles Up, Then Quiets Down

Abercrombie: My Offshore Drilling Bill Would Have Helped With BP Oil Spill

Monday, August 2

Hannemann: I take ‘600,000 tons of stuff’ and power 40,000 homes with it

July 2010

Monday, July 19

Topic Pages On Big Wind, Energy, Climate Change

Thursday, July 15

Big Wind Fuels a Torrent of Big Questions — Part 2

Big Wind Fuels a Torrent of Big Questions — Part 1

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