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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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(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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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Two state Senate committees voted Friday to defer a bill that would fix a flaw in the state’s “100 percent renewable energy goal” that allows Hawaii electrical utilities to continue using fossil fuel beyond 2045. The 100 percent renewable law is based on a calculation that can be broken down to the amount […]

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(Hawaii News Now)  Driven by high fuel prices and a goal to use only renewable energy in Hawaii by 2045, state lawmakers are pushing a bill to help a local business produce clean fuel. State lawmakers considered a bill Thursday to allow the state to issue $30 million in bonds to a company to produce […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The House is expected to pass a bill today that would close a loophole in the definition of the state’s “100 percent renewable energy goal” and prevent Hawaii electric utilities from using any fossil fuel beyond 2045. The often-touted 100 percent renewable goal that Gov. David Ige signed into law last year is […]

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(Pacific Business News)  A proposed bill would make Hawaii’s current 100 percent renewable energy goal more clear and make sure that all resources being fed to the grid are by renewable resources, the head of the state’s Energy Office told PBN. Senate Bill 2820, introduced by Senate President Ron Kouchi, is intended to correct the […]

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(Maui Now)  Today, Gov. David Ige became a member of a bipartisan coalition of 17 governors—the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future—a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices and a modern electrical grid. The accord, which represents 127 million Americans—provides participating governors with a platform through which their states will collaborate, […]

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(Pacific Business News)  As expected, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed four bills related to renewable energy on Monday, including one that sets the goal of the state reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The standing-room-only Governor’s Ceremonial Room on the fifth floor of the State Capitol witnessed a bit of history, as Hawaii became […]

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(Pacific Business News) If Gov. David Ige can take a break from trying to save the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island, he can sign a bill on his desk that will have long-range benefits for business owners, tenants and up to half of Hawaii residents across the state. This measure is much less […]

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(GOOD Magazine)  The green energy revolution is in full swing. Look around and you’ll see entire cities—and even countries—committing themselves to renewable power in the coming decades. Advances in wind, solar, and even wave power technology have inspired communities to explore the process of weaning themselves off fossil fuels in favor of more ecologically sound […]

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