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(Hawaii News Now)  The Honolulu Museum of Art displays its exhibits in temperature- and humidity-controlled settings. And those climate controls used to mean a sky high electricity bill — until Hawaiian Electric invited the museum to join a novel pilot project. As part the project, the utility supplied the museum with a battery storage system […]

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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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(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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(Utility Dive)  The new long-term energy plan for Hawaii is getting better reviews than its two predecessors, but it won’t be the last word on how the state will get to 100% renewables by 2045. Stakeholders have raised two main concerns about the 1,800-page Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP), filed with regulators last month. First, to […]

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(Clean Technica)  No US state is blessed with more potential for renewable energy than Hawaii. Abundant sunshine and strong trade winds are ideal for making electricity from photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines. HECO, the state’s dominant public utility, has a plan in place to achieve 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. […]

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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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(Utility Dive) Dive Brief: Hawaiian Electric Co. has filed its latest Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) with the state’s Public Utilities Commission, outlining how it intends to reach 100% renewables by 2040 — five years ahead of the state’s mandated goal. The plan calls for HECO to provide 48% renewable power by 2020, without the […]

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(Utility Dive)  Hawaii, often called a postcard from the future when it comes to integrating renewable resources, is entering the next phase of progression toward 100% renewable energy by 2045. After cancelling its net metering program in October 2015, the state’s Public Utilities Commission came up with two interim compensation options until a more permanent […]

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Hawaiian Electric Co. said Friday the state’s largest solar farm will begin pumping power into the grid Dec. 15. The 27.6-megawatt solar project in Waianae will triple the amount of utility-scale solar connected to Oahu’s grid. San Diego- based Eurus Energy America is developing the facility on approximately 200 acres of land in […]

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