VIDEO SERIES: Hundreds Pack HEI-NextEra Hearing In Hilo


HILO: Hundreds packed the Hilo High School cafeteria Tuesday night for the Hawaii Public Utility Commission’s public listening session for the Hawaiian Electric Companies and NextEra Energy docket, a multi-billion dollar deal said to be one of the biggest economic transactions in state history. The PUC is tasked with approving or disapproving of the proposed merger.

Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative Testifies To PUC

Marco Mangelsdorf

The Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative has entered its first testimony into the HEI-NextEra merger docket. Marco Mangelsdorf provided the statements to the Hawaii Public Utility Commission. He spoke about his hopes for a Big Island energy cooperative, as he did during a recent public forum in Kona.

Aina Koa Pono proposal rejected by Hawaii PUC, again

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

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: Public supports Hu Honua at PUC hearing

Testifiers support Hu Honua Biomass plan

Opponents of Pepeekeo biomass project mostly absent from Hilo testimony [FMP poster=”” width=”320″ height=”175″][/FMP] HILO, Hawaii: The public expressed widespread support for the Hu Honua Bioenergy project at Wednesday night’s Public Utlities Commission hearing in Hilo. Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC is converting the former Hilo Coast Power Company plant at Pepeekeo into a modern biomass energy […]

PUC to hold Hu Honua Bioenergy hearing, Nov. 28

Hu Honua hearing tonight in Hilo

Company plans 24-megawatt facility at site of old Pepeekeo power plant HILO, Hawaii: Tonight, a public hearing will be held before the state Public Utilities Commission at a special meeting in Hilo, for the Hu Honua Bioenergy plant planned for Pepeekeo. Hu Honua has negotiated a power purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Company, which […]

HELCO files draft RFP for another 50 MW of geothermal


HAWAII ISLAND: The Hawaii Electric Light Company is officially looking to add up to 50 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power, now that a draft Geothermal Request for Proposals has been filed with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The move to bring more geothermal energy to the island comes after a HELCO Request for Information in June […]

Hawaii PUC denies HECO, Aina Koa Pono application

HONOLULU, Hawaii: In a decision that was handed down today, the Hawaii Public Utility Commission voted to deny the HECO companies’ application for approval of the biodiesel supply contract with Aina Koa Pono, rendering moot the application to establish a biofuel surcharge to help cover costs. In its decision, the PUC wrote: By this Decision and Order, […]

VIDEO: Geothermal push heats up in Hilo forum

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: The public courtship concerning the future use of Geothermal Energy continued with this forum in Hilo on Saturday. A large and varied panel of specialists discussed the sustainable energy that is abundant on Hawaii Island, a growing candidate to lead the Hawaii towards energy […]