With the planned closure of the coal-burning AES Hawaii power plant on Oahu and retirement of Maui's oldest oil-fired plant within the next five years, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are beginning the second phase of an ambitious renewable resource procurement to continue the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy.
Hawaii Electric Light announces the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at its office in Hilo from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or while supplies last. The event was postponed last month due to the unavailability of plants.
A new line on electric bills starting this month will finance the State of Hawaii Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program. However, a corresponding reduction of the monthly Public Benefits Fund surcharge, collected to pay for the State's conservation and energy efficiency programs, means most customers will likely see little net change on their electric bills.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies are looking for information on private companies that can join in promoting demand response, programs for businesses and individuals to collaborate with utilities to manage their electricity demand.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies have announced a plan to clear the backlog of customers awaiting approval to interconnect their rooftop solar systems in neighborhoods with high amounts of solar already installed.
The June 27 lava flow is spurring innovation and promoting collaboration despite its threat to the Puna community and the utility infrastructure that lies in its path."
With the approach of Tropical Storm Ana to Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Companies want to remind customers that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted, especially during an emergency situation.
A respected business leader with almost 40 years of energy, regulated utility, legal and community relations experience in Hawaii, Alan Oshima has been named president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, effective Oct. 1, 2014. Oshima will succeed Dick Rosenblum, who has served in the position since 2009.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies today proposed plans for Hawaii’s energy future that will lower electric bills and give customers more service options, nearly triple the amount of distributed solar while achieving the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030.
Hawaii Electric Light, Hawaiian Electric and Maui Electric have collectively contributed $25,000 to the Hawaii Island United Way. In addition, contributions from employees of the three utilities will be matched by the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, up to a total of $10,000. All funds will be used to support Hawaii Island residents impacted by Tropical Storm Iselle.
Hawaii Electric Light urges the public to remember these important safety tips: