Tag Archives: HELCO


Parker Ranch: We can beat HELCO’s rates

Parker Ranch: We can beat HELCO’s rates

Video by David Corrigan WAIMEA, Hawaii – Parker Ranch CEO Neil “Dutch” Kuyper presented a highly anticipated energy plan to a packed crowd at the Waimea Middle School cafeteria Thursday evening. Parker Ranch chose the Waimea Community Association’s monthly town meeting to present the preliminary findings from their “utility-grade” integrated resource plan, developed by Siemens


VIDEO: Geothermal health studies on agenda

PUNA, Hawaii – Its been nearly five months since hundreds gathered outside the Hawaii Electric Light Company’s headquarters in Hilo, shouting to the power utility executives inside to “Save Pohoiki” from geothermal development. In August, those opposed to the industry’s expansion in Puna marched all the way into town from Pahoa over the course of

image of the proposed Wood Valley plant layout, courtesy Aina Koa Pono

Aina Koa Pono proposal rejected by Hawaii PUC, again

WOOD VALLEY, Hawaii – The Hawaii Public Utility Commission has once again denied a proposed Aina Koa Pono biodiesel supply contract with the Hawaii Electric Light Company. A proposed surcharge to cover the additional costs to produce the biodiesel was also denied.. In the final decision and order, the commission stated that “HELCO and HECO


VIDEO: Hundreds hit HELCO in Hilo, Ignacio accepts petition

HILO, Hawaii – On Monday, a three day journey to “Save Pohoiki” came to an end in Hilo. The “March on HELCO” led these activists – who are in opposition to the expansion of the geothermal energy industry in Puna – to the doorstep of the Hawaii Electric Light Company headquarters. Organizers planned to deliver

March on HELCO

VIDEO: Puna’s geothermal resistance “March on HELCO”

UPDATE – 12:53 a.m. Sunday – Day one – The March on HELCO began on Saturday. Close to a hundred marchers began the three day journey to Hilo from Pahoa High School shortly after 10 a.m. With “Save Pohoiki” signs and T-shirts, opponents of geothermal expansion hit Highway 130 (no parade through Pahoa town) headed

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park fire crew members Andrew Lee (left) and Al Aviles (right) dismantle and remove a large fallen koa tree on Mauna Loa Road Tuesday morning.  (NPS Photo: J. Ferracane)

Parks re-open after Flossie, HELCO power restored

HAWAII ISLAND – Two days later and still the state is working to tie up a few Tropical Storm Flossie-related loose ends. The State Department of Land and Natural Resources says the following parks have reopened Tuesday: Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area (including Hapuna and Waialea sections) Kiholo State Park Reserve Kekaha Kai State Park

Robin Danner

OHA’s geothermal investment questioned by Native Hawaiian Policy Center

HAWAII – The Native Hawaiian Policy Center is questioning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ recent $1.25 million investment into a private corporation for a potential geothermal project in Hawaii. The center – administered by the nonprofit, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) – notified OHA of its concern recently. In April, the OHA Board of


VIDEO: PGV steam release subject of Puna Pono Alliance meeting

PAHOA, Hawaii – A crowd gathered at Pahoa’s Akebono Theater for a Puna Pono Alliance meeting, a few days after an alarming incident at the nearby geothermal energy facility. The Puna Pono organization has been busy over the past year fighting the further development of geothermal in the area. The hot topic of discussion was

PUC hearing held in Hilo

VIDEO: Aina Koa Pono, HELCO rate hikes blasted at PUC hearing

Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: Residents of East Hawaii packed the Hilo High School cafeteria, to tell the Public Utilities Commission what they think about a proposed electricity rate hike and and biofuel surcharge. This was the first of two meetings scheduled on the Big Island. The second will be


VIDEO: HELCO urged to re-negotiate power agreements

Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: Growing consumer dissatisfaction over energy rates on Hawaii Island – the highest in the nation – led to a headline grabbing resolution at the county council’s Agriculture, Water & Energy Sustainability Committee on Wednesday. Resolution 297-12, introduced by Hilo councilman and committee chair J Yoshimoto,

HELCO responds to Hawaii PUC decision on rate request

Utility says decision may result in a small rate reduction for the Big Island Media release by Hawaiian Electric Light Company HILO, Hawaii: The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday issued a final decision for Hawaii Electric Light Company’s (HELCO) 2010 rate case. The decision may result in a small reduction in electric rates for