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HI could ditch fossil-fuel powered cars in the next 30 yearsPosted on January 25, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Transportation
(Utility Dive) Dive Brief: Already committed to generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, Hawaii will consider a State Legislature bill for all ground transportation energy to be renewable by the 2045 deadline, according to ABC News. Hawaii, which counts just 5,000 electric vehicles among its one million cars on the road, […]
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Hawaii’s largest solar farm now operationalPosted on January 25, 2017 in Headlines, Oahu, Pacific Business News, Solar
(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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Coal-fired plant wants to go greenPosted on January 25, 2017 in Biofuel, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(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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Hawaii energy company to export biofuel to South KoreaPosted on January 24, 2017 in Biofuel, Headlines, KITV
(KITV)  A Hawaii renewable energy company is planning to export biofuels to a South Korean company that supplies electricity to the island nation. Lamplighter Energy in Hawaii is announcing an agreement with Hanbo Energy Korea at the state Capitol Tuesday. Lamplighter CEO Andre De Rosa says the company will export biofuel in pellet form. He […]
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Chevy electric car bolts to Big IslandPosted on January 24, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Hawaii Island, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(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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Trump’s victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar powerPosted on January 22, 2017 in Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), Headlines, State of Hawaii
(Yahoo Finance)  President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance […]
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Hawaii Bill Aims for 100 Percent Renewable TransportationPosted on January 19, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, Transportation
(ABC News) Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. […]
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Third time’s the charm? Inside Hawaiian Electric’s new, new plan to get to 100% renewablesPosted on January 18, 2017 in Headlines, UtilitiesThird time’s the charm? Inside Hawaiian Electric’s new, new plan to get to 100% renewables post thumbnail
(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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Individuals key for renewable-energy goalsPosted on January 16, 2017 in Energy Efficiency, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
(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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New interim chief named to head Hawaii’s state Energy OfficePosted on January 12, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, State Energy Office
(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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