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(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator’s latest cohort of clean energy companies includes two Hawaii-based startups as well as the program’s first international company. The accelerator program, which is one of the nation’s largest clean technology startup incubators, accepted 12 new companies into its fifth cohort on Wednesday. Energy Excelerator invests around $5 million total […]

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(Pacific Business News)  A bill looks to change the way Hawaii’s main utility company — Hawaiian Electric Co. — recoups costs. State Rep. Chris Lee, D-Kailua-Waimanalo, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, has proposed House Bill 1283, which would require state regulators to establish framework that would tie […]

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(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii’s largest solar energy farm is now operational, Hawaiian Electric Co. and the developer said Wednesday. The Waianae Solar project in West Oahu broke ground in March 2016 and went into service in mid-January. It is the largest of its kind to be operational in the state today, generating electricity equivalent to […]

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(Pacific Business News)  Terry Surles, who was a top executive for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii Manoa, has been named interim administrator of the state Energy Office, industry sources confirmed to Pacific Business News Thursday. Surles replaces Mark Glick, who left the top post last month to take a position […]

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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)  Eight organizations, including eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s investment firm Ulupono Initiative and Hawaii serial entrepreneur Henk Roger’s renewable energy nonprofit Blue Planet Foundation, have inked an agreement to work with each other to grow the number of electric vehicles being used in Hawaii. On Tuesday, Hawaiian Electric Co., Ulupono, Blue Planet, Rocky […]

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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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(Pacific Business News)  The University of Hawaii is looking into projects that would save it $110 million over the first two years on energy savings at the buildings at its flagship Manoa campus in Honolulu, Pacific Business News has learned. Energy saving performance contracting is a process being explored by the state’s largest public university. […]

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(Pacific Business News)  Hawaiian Electric Co. is now offering customers the option of enrolling in a program that will charge residential customers less for power used during the day — when solar energy production is highest — and more at night. The time-of-use rate program, developed under the direction of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, […]

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(Pacific Business News) Norway-based Statoil, one of largest oil and gas companies in the world, plans to develop a major wind energy project in federal waters off the coast of Hawaii, Pacific Business News has learned. Statoil, which has several offshore wind energy projects in the works around the world including off England’s coast, joins […]

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