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Burning Torch

Subject: Public Testimony; HB 550 – Just how does Hawaii get to a clean energy economy by 2045?

Renewable Portfolio Standard; Gas; Electricity; Study; Appropriation Description: Requires the Public Utilities Commission to study the feasibility of implementing renewable portfolio standards to encourage the use of renewable energy by gas utility companies. Amends the renewable portfolio standard interim goals for 2030 and 2040 to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. Appropriates funds. (HB550 HD1) […]

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TMT Construction – Mauna Kea Controversy Bulldozes the Law

The Thirty-Meter Telescope decision – Whatever views anyone may have on astronomy or Hawaiian culture on the Big Island, everyone should understand the importance of the Thirty-Meter Telescope legal decision and its application of Hawai‘i state law.  While the recent decision by the Hawai‘i Supreme Court affirming the state conservation land use permit for the Thirty-Meter […]

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Hawai`i Legislative and PUC Reforms Needed to Correct Power Plant Pollution, Climate & Community Impacts

The controversy surrounding the proposed Hu Honua biomass-to-electricity power plant in Pepeekeo and at the former site of Hilo Coast’s coal-fired electricity power plant could result in new laws linking power plants to their environmental, climate, and social consequences. The first issue to be decided is which law should be changed? There are two ways […]

Noel Morin

Big Island EV Ownership – as easy as plug and play

  On the Big Island, we’re seeing a consistent growth of electric vehicle adoption. They still represent less than 1% of the roughly 185,000 passenger vehicles on Hawaii Island’s roads, but also represent a 30% growth year-over-year for the past 3 years — we’re now at around 440 electric vehicles. EV growth is being inspired […]