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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. said Wednesday it opened an electric vehicle fast charger at Waianae Mall. The charging station at 86-120 Farrington Highway is the seventh EV charger HECO has installed on Oahu. HECO said a fast charger can recharge an EV battery to 80 percent capacity in less than a half-hour. Among benefits […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Three utility-scale solar farms that Hawaiian Electric Co. terminated last year are going to be revived. In February, HECO backed out of its contract with Maryland Heights, Mo.-based SunEdison Inc. for three utility-scale solar facilities on Oahu that were approved by state regulators in July. HECO terminated the contracts for the three projects […]

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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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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The developer of Hawaii’s largest solar farm said it has begun pumping power into the grid. San Diego-based, Eurus Energy America Corp. said today its 27.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility – with the potential capacity to power more than 4,000 homes — called EE Waianae Solar Project LLC has begun commercial operation. Eurus will […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  AES Hawaii Inc., Oahu’s only coal-fired power plant, said it is looking to get out of the fossil fuel business eventually. Jeff Vaughan, manager of AES Hawaii, said he wants to convert the plant to burn organic matter, such as wood. Vaughan made the comment at a BioEconomy Forum at the state capitol […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The first Chevy Bolt all-electric car in Hawaii has hit the streets. Hawaii island residents Robert Smith and Karla McDermid Smith said they bought one of the first Chevy Bolts in California and shipped it to their home. “We live in a rural area on the Big Island, and this Chevy Bolt is […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  A top Hawaii energy regulator said the first steps to get the state to 100 percent renewable energy dependence begin at Hawaii residents’ homes. Public Utilities Commission member Lorraine Akiba, one of three commissioners on the panel that oversees the energy future of the state, said energy efficiency is one of the most […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Kauai Island Utility Cooperative said Tuesday it signed a contract to build the largest utility-scale solar and battery system in the state. KIUC and AES Distributed Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Arlington, Va.-based The AES Corp., said the project includes a 28-megawatt solar photovoltaic and 20-megawatt, five-hour-duration energy storage system. KIUC said the […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. was sent back to the drawing board on its $340 million smart-grid plan by state regulators. The Public Utilities Commission dismissed Hawaiian Electric Co.’s smart-grid application Wednesday, ordering the electrical utility to submit a more detailed plan in June. The panel had concerns about the cost of the plan and […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Co submitted requests today with state regulators to begin the process of finding developers for renewable energy projects on Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Hawaii island. The electric utilities requested the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission open the formal review process of request for proposals so MECO and […]

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