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HONOLULU — Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu's power grid.

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Hawaii will need an additional 65,000 housing units statewide by 2025. Getting there will require more public infrastructure, like water, sewage, and electricity.


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Residents of 31 cities in Southern California now have the option of getting 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. That feat was made possible by a California state law allowing municipalities to compete with public utilities.

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  Over Thanksgiving week Hawaiian Electric announced it reached an agreement to purchase power from Eurus Energy America. The company will build and operate a windfarm on Palehua Ridge above the existing fossil fuel powerplant.

Lava, Loss of PGV Capacity Create Electricity Challenges

May 24, 2018
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The Big Island's electric utility, Hawaii Electric Light Company, has been working around the clock to react to the on going Kilauea eruption. Utility crews were recently pulled out of Leilani Estates due to unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide. Additionally, the loss of capacity from the Puna Geothermal Venture has reduced to overall supply of electricity on the island.

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When trade winds slow, it’s a time for air conditioning for many people in the islands.  While demand for air conditioning rises along with temperatures, that demand is growing around the world — including in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Monday, April 9th, 2018

Apr 9, 2018
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Electric Transportation Plan; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum; Kennedy Theatre’s Nora

Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience

Mar 28, 2018

Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. Home to a permanent population of 1.4 million and tens of thousands of visitors on any given day, Hawaii and its inhabitants are highly dependent on imports of food and fuel from elsewhere in the world. With help potentially days or weeks away and minimal redundancy, Hawaii's systems and people are highly vulnerable to a major disaster. This series explores those vulnerabilities and how the community can become more resilient.

The Conversation: Monday, March 26th, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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Disaster Vulnerability; Cesspool Task Force; Challenges of Low Unemployment; Emotional Learning

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It was six months ago today that Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Today, there are still communities on the islands that either have no power or only intermittent electricity. One question for the state of Hawai‘i: how would our islands fare if we faced a similar situation? HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken took that question to power company officials on the Big Island to learn more.

The Conversation: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Dec 26, 2017
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Agriculture Travel Restrictions; Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid; Humpback Whale Season Begins; Cesspool Hot Spots

The Conversation: Monday, November 6th, 2017

Nov 6, 2017
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Shortage of Certified Dialysis Centers; Electricity Rates Compared to Oil Rates; Pono Politics; Maui Brewing Co.

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Utility companies around the world are trying to manage a transition to more use of renewable energy. But they are moving at different speeds, and sometimes with different goals. Under a law passed a couple of years ago, the state of Hawai‘i is committed to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2045. In Australia, the policy debate has taken a different turn. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Oct 12, 2017
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Electric America; Clean Power Plan in Hawaii; Combating Little Fire Ants

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Many island communities are particularly vulnerable to power outages. They often come from storms, or downed electricity poles. But a massive power outage on Taiwan this week was different. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change was one topic where President Trump had significant differences with his counterparts at this weekend’s Group of Seven meetings in Europe. Trump has previously said he wants to push ahead with coal as an energy source—while economies in many parts of the world, including Asia, are heading in the other direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Vice President Mike Pence is stopping in Hawai‘i as he wraps up a 10 day visit to the Asia Pacific. As part of that trip, U.S. firms signed a number of business deals—including at least one with links to Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Lawmakers Propose Bills to Help Condo Owners

Mar 17, 2015
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More than half of the state’s residents live in Honolulu, O’ahu’s urban core.  State lawmakers are attempting to address the needs of a growing population living in condominiums.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Molokai's Soaring Electric Rates

Jun 3, 2013

As the state moves forward with its goals of reduced dependence on fossil fuels, Molokai is already on target with the lowest energy consumption in the state and an active discussion of the island’s energy needs and future. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.