Hawaiian Electric Company has been named “Utility of the Year” by Utility Dive, a leading energy industry publication. The 2019 Dive Awards recognize the industry’s top disruptors and innovators, including executives, companies, trends and breakthroughs transforming the industry.
The nonprofit Ka Ahahui o Ka Nahelehele, which works to protect Hawaii’s dryland forests, has received a $27,500 grant from Hawaiian Electric for its Rapid Ohia Death Seed Banking Initiative, an effort to preserve seeds from the native ohia tree for future forest reforestation.
The completion of large grid-scale projects and thousands of residential solar systems provided the largest-ever annual increase in solar capacity on Hawaiian Electric’s five island systems.
Seven high school and three middle school robotics teams earned top honors among 37 teams from Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu at Hawaiian Electric’s Hawaii State VEX Robotics Championships held Jan. 11 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) have reached agreement on an amended contract that will significantly lower electric bills on Hawaii Island, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the island’s renewable portfolio standard to nearly 70 percent.