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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy said Thursday she would not consider bills about Hawaiian Electric Co. if the utility was not included in the process. During an informational briefing about the Sustainable Hawaii Initiative, Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, Waikoloa-Waimea-North Hilo) said she would not consider a bill proposed […]

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(The Maui News)  Maui Electric Co. produced 35.4 percent of its power from renewable energy in 2015, up slightly from the previous year but the second highest percentage in the state behind the Big Island’s 48.7 percent, according to the state Energy Office in its annual Hawaii report. Shayna Decker, director of communications for MECO, […]

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(Utility Dive) Dive Brief: Hawaii is making progress towards a 100% renewable portfolio standard, and currently gets about a quarter of its energy from carbon-free sources, according to a new report from the State Energy Office. The state is also pushing the adoption of electric vehicles, and last year saw a 26% jump in registrations. […]

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(The Garden Island)  The Aloha State got a little greener in 2015, according to the 2016 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawaii State Energy Office on Tuesday. According to the 91-page report, the state saw a jump in clean energy use in its renewable energy […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Hawaii has made progress toward its goal of lowering its dependence on oil, cutting the number of barrels imported by 41 percent since 2006. Hawaii’s annual petroleum use has declined by 20.2 million barrels over a 10-year period, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. […]

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(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii currently gets 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to a new state report. The 91-page state of Hawaii Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report for 2016 noted that there are 65 renewable energy projects across the state, having the capacity to generate an estimated 156.1 million kilowatt-hours per […]

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(Pacific Business News)  The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority is looking for a retail company to lease a 1.3-acre vacant parcel of land at its Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, Pacific Business News has learned. The property is located on a key intersection of several important roads […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Luis Salaveria recalls working on the State of Hawaii Data Book as an intern in 1992 at the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). Nearly a quarter-century later, he’s running the department. With 11 attached agencies — from the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to the Hawaii Tourism Authority — […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The Navy held a lease-signing ceremony Thursday with Hawaiian Electric Co. for a 20-megawatt alternating-current solar farm at Pearl Harbor’s West Loch Annex that HECO said would be the second largest for photovoltaics in the state. HECO plans to build, own and operate the solar facility, which could begin generating electricity in 2018. […]

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(Pacific Business News)  The U.S. Navy will sign a lease with Hawaiian Electric Co. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in West Oahu for the Honolulu-based utility to develop a 28-megawatt solar energy system, the Navy said. Navy leaders, Gov. David Ige, Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Alan Oshima and Luis Salaveria, director of the state […]

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