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HONOLULU — Residents in Hawaii are expected to see shrinking utility costs and growing renewable energy after the state changed the way Hawaiian Electric makes money.

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WAILUKU — Hawaii has experienced a significant reduction in the use of electricity because of the coronavirus, with Maui's use dropping the most among the three largest islands.

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Oahu customers are asked to reduce their electricity use between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday to help keep the lights on.

Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc. has been awarded a contract to own and  operate the electrical system for the U.S. Army's Oahu installations, a deal valued at $638.5 million over 50 years, the company said in a release Thursday.

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We talk renewable energy with studio guests Peter Rosegg and Shannon Tangonan of Hawaiian Electric Co., and Ulupono Initiative President Murray Clay.

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Power poles. A thorn in your side? Had double and triple poles in your neighborhood for years? Tired of staring at them? We sat down with Hawaiian Electric to understand what’s involved in a recent agreement with Hawaiian Tel.

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Before the end of the year expect to hear more about a list of large utility scale solar farms proposed for across the state. Hawaiian Electric says it is close to signing agreements for seven projects that would double its renewable  energy production.

ReNew Hawai'i Panel: Resilient Electrical Grid

Mar 1, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Renew-Rebuild Hawai’i hosted a panel discussion today on energy resilience and development. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Town Square: Hawaii's Energy Future

Aug 10, 2017

Hawaii’s path to a clean energy future has been decades in the making and it continues to takes turns and twists. By now you probably know that in 2015,  the state became the first in the nation to require a 100% renewable energy standard. Today on Town Square, we’ll look at the road to Hawaii’s renewable energy future and what portfolio may comprise it.    

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More than 5,000 electric vehicles are now registered in Hawai‘I, and 8 of Hawai‘i’s leading energy organizations are marking the occasion by launching an initiative called Drive Electric Hawai‘i.

Now that the Public Utilities Commission has rejected the NextEra acquisition of HECO, what’s next for our electric utilities? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Last Friday, the PUC gave its long-awaited answer to whether or not Florida-based NextEra Energy could buy the three utilities currently owned by Hawaiian Electric Industries.

PUC: NextEra-HECO Sale/Merger Disapproved

Jul 17, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

Update: NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric have announced termination of plans to merge. In a statement form NextEra, Chairman Jim Robo said “As a result of the PUC’s order, we have terminated our merger agreement”.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, NextEra Energy will pay Hawaiian Electric Industries a $90 million break-up fee and up to $5 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with the transaction.  

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

May 11, 2016

The Future of Geothermal in Hawaii; Mililani Middle School Beekeeping Club; Grid Defection from HECO; Public Private Partnerships in Hawai‘i Schools

What's Next for Geothermal Oversight? Sen Russell Ruderman

Public Utilities Commission Merger Hearings Continue

Dec 10, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Public Utilities Commission concluded 8 days of testimony and cross-examination relating to the merger of the state’s largest electrical utility.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has a summary of this week’s proceedings.

Solar PV Industry Opposes PUC October Ruling

Dec 2, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

Installing residential solar-energy systems is at its peak this time of year as homeowners try to cash in on end of year tax incentives.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the industry has taken a number of hits recently that have already reduced demand.  

HECO-NextEra Merger Takes Center Stage

Aug 24, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Public Utilities Commission will be conducting public listening sessions next month on the proposed merger of Hawai’i’s major electricity provider.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports the issues are evolving rapidly and state leaders are weighing in.

State Opposes Electrical Utility Merger

Jul 21, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor conducted a news conference today to outline the state’s position in opposing the proposed merger of Hawaiian Electric Industries with NextEra Energy, Incorporated.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Lawmakers Want Public Hearings for HECO Sale

Feb 10, 2015
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State lawmakers want to strengthen the rules for approving the planned sale of Hawai’i’s major electrical utility.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HECO’s New Deal

Dec 12, 2014
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Many questions remain about the proposed 4.3 billion dollar buyout of Hawaiian Electric.  A lot of those questions center on the Florida company that wants to buy the local utility. So who is NextEra?  Some answers from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief, A. Kam Napier.

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The Hawaiian Electric Company is reminding people that if the state is struck by a powerful storm, electrical safety should not be taken for granted.

HECO is urging people to unplug all unnecessary electric equipment to protect against power surges. High winds can down power lines and people should stay away and assume that they are live.  If you see someone injured from a downed line, do not touch the victim, call 911 instead.

Solar Flares with China

Feb 17, 2014
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  Many players in Hawaii’s solar installation business are struggling. Last fall, Hawaii Electric established a rule that homeowners on Oahu must get HECO’s approval before installing rooftop photovoltaic systems. On a broader scale, a trade dispute with China is having an impact elsewhere in the solar business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.