Nikki Motson

News stories by HPR's Nikki Motson

More Power for More Trash

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The taxpayers of the city and county of Honolulu are now the owners of three incinerators turning the island’s trash into energy. The Kapolei plant is completing expansion of a new third boiler and HECO has agreed to purchase the energy for a rate lower than the cost of oil.

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Massive Wind Turbines Transported Across O`ahu

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If you travel anywhere between the Ewa Plain and O`ahu’s North Shore, you may be in for a new traffic hurdle starting today. The largest wind farm in the state is coming to the hills just above Haliewa town and the first delivery of turbines departs from Barbers Point tonight.

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The Solar Power Battle with China and Hawaii's Market

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When it comes to solar power, the battle is heating up in between the U.S. and China. Chinese companies have been accused of flooding the market with below cost solar cells. The U.S. Commerce Department has responded with stiff tariffs designed to even the playing field. HPR takes a look at what this may mean for the growth of solar in Hawai`i.

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Mini Spy Planes Will Track Endangered Wildlife and Ocean Trash

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Small unmanned planes are used as military spies elsewhere but NOAA has bought half a dozen for use over the remote Northwestern Hawai`i Islands. They’ll help researchers track endangered wildlife and marine debris. 

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Volunteers Battle Underwater Aliens... Again

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The waters of Waikiki are starting the week a little bit cleaner thanks to the efforts of a few dozen people. Several times a year volunteers get in the water to remove hundreds of pounds of invasive algae or seaweed. The latest underwater cleanup in Waikiki adds a new twist.

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