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High-profile failures of local government technology often make headlines in Hawai‘i. But there’s an everyday cost to those failures that are paid by businesses and citizens around the state. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on the community price of old technology.

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It’s been ten years since Hawai‘i launched its “Clean Energy Initiative” to reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.  According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, renewable energy now accounts for about 27 percent of utility electricity sales across the state. So far, off shore wind energy has not played a role in those figures, but it’s a different story elsewhere. And in Japan, government officials are taking steps to increase its use. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change was one topic where President Trump had significant differences with his counterparts at this weekend’s Group of Seven meetings in Europe. Trump has previously said he wants to push ahead with coal as an energy source—while economies in many parts of the world, including Asia, are heading in the other direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Chinese authorities are reporting a potential breakthrough in the world of energy. It relates to an energy source that comes from under the ocean, but many questions and challenges remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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ThinkGeoEnergy / Flickr

Vice President Mike Pence is stopping in Hawai‘i as he wraps up a 10 day visit to the Asia Pacific. As part of that trip, U.S. firms signed a number of business deals—including at least one with links to Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thanks to a new battery storage system, Molokai may be the first Hawaiian island to go entirely off the grid. We get more on that story from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

Do Hawaii's Clean Energy Initiatives Make The Grade?

Oct 14, 2016
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When it comes to clean energy use, Hawai‘i is in a bit of a rut. That’s according to the Blue Planet Foundation, who released their 4th annual energy report card. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The nonprofit gave the Aloha State a grade of a B-minus, the same as last year. The report card presents a big picture assessment of Hawaii’s progress toward 100 percent clean energy. It focuses on five categories, including transportation, efficiency, economics, renewables, and smart grid.

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Government and industry officials are considering what energy investments will be required over the next several decades.  It’s a discussion that’s going on in Hawai‘i as regulators consider NextEra’s bid for Hawaiian Electric Industries.  But it’s also a conversation that’s happening right now in Australia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Solar Plane Lands Safely in Hawaii

Jul 3, 2015
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Solar Impulse

A plane attempting to fly around the world, powered only by the sun, has landed safely in Hawai‘i. The 4,000 mile flight over the Pacific Ocean was the plane’s longest and most challenging leg. 

The Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg emerged from the cockpit, as the sun began to rise over Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu. Borschberg had spent the last 118 hours alone in the air, nearly five full days flying from Japan.

Hawaiian Electric Shareholders Approve Sale to NextEra

Jun 10, 2015
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Molly Solomon

The sale of Hawaiian Electric to the Florida-based company NextEra Energy passed a key vote Wednesday. Shareholders approved the deal with 76% of outstanding shares voting ‘yes.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was at the meeting and has this report.

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Shareholders of Hawaiian Electric today approved the $4.3 billion sale of the company to Florida-based NextEra Energy. There are still many steps remaining before the deal becomes final, including approval by Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor signed four energy-related bills into law today, establishing the state as a leader in renewable sources for power.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

Hawai’i is now the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy requirement for electricity generation by 2045. Governor David Ige signed the measure into law and said it raises the renewable percentage levels for all utilities going forward.

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More than half of the state’s residents live in Honolulu, O’ahu’s urban core.  State lawmakers are attempting to address the needs of a growing population living in condominiums.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HECO Proposal Would Allow More Rooftop Solar

Jan 21, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawaiian Electric has announced a proposal that would greatly increase the amount of rooftop solar.  It's all part of a plan that would help the utilities on Oahu, The Big Island, and Maui County triple the amount of solar power by 2030. But critics warn this could come at a price. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Ice Rink Turns to Solar Power

Jan 7, 2015
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Distributed Energy Partners

A local ice rink is tapping into the sun to keep its facilities cool. Ice Palace Hawai‘i announced the completion of a rooftop solar power project that could cut down their energy bill by 25%. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Molly Solomon

It’s a business deal that will change the face of business in the state. Florida-based NextEra Energy is buying Hawaiian Electric Industries in a $4.3 billion deal. As part of the agreement, American Savings Bank would become a separate publicly-traded company. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more.

Kahuku Wind Project Faces Blowback

Feb 19, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

On the North Shore of Oahu, where sugar cane once grew, a different type of crop has sprouted up in recent years: wind turbines.

29% of Hawaii’s renewable energy now comes from wind power. A California company is moving forward with a plan to build more than a dozen turbines. It’s a deal that could save the state millions and significantly lower electricity bills. But it’s causing concern among some residents. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Flickr / Brent | Marketing

Hawaiian Electric and the Army are one step closer to a biofuel power plant at Schofield Barracks. The proposed 50-megawatt plant would be a source of renewable energy for Oahu residents, while also providing backup power for the military. The Army is preparing to study environmental impacts. But first, it wants to hear input from the community. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Public meetings will be held:

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Flickr / Akamai Solar Hawaii

Energy could play a big role in this year’s legislative session. Introduced bills range from increases in renewables to modernizing the state’s electrical grid. And while clean energy in Hawaii is on the rise, some say it’s still difficult for many to gain access. A proposed project hopes to fix that. HPR’s Molly Solomon report.

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According to a number of national reports, Hawaii ranks number three for solar photovoltaic generation for electricity, behind Arizona and Nevada. The entire PV industry has grown exponentially throughout the state over the last few years, but the question is will that growth continue into the future? That was the focus of a ThinkTech - Venture Capital Association discussion panel today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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You have heard these figures before: Hawai’i burns five billion dollars worth of fossil fuel each year for 85% of the state’s energy needs. But, the Blue Planet Foundation has set a goal of transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2030, more than double the state’s clean energy objective. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit today to look at an old but promising technology that could lead Hawai’i to true energy independence.

The pursuit of new energy sources is a focus for many countries right now. In Hawaii, that search is centered on renewable energy. But in some parts of Asia, they’re exploring for a different kind of fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / SimplyInfo

It’s been nearly two and a half years since an earthquake and tsunami led to disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. This week, Japan’s government announced highly radioactive water has been leaking from the facility. It’s the latest indication the plant’s troubles are far from over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawai’i Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to produce 40% of the state’s energy from renewable sources is the most ambitious plan in the nation.  But, disputes over limited land and environmental impacts continue to hamper the state’s ability to fully develop wind power in the islands.

HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a renewable energy workshop and learned the situation could change in the future.  

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Despite progress with renewable energy, Hawaii still depends on imported oil. So does the United States. In fact, the U.S. imports more oil than anyone else in the world. But that ranking may soon belong to an Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This fuel can power a motor vehicle, produce energy without combustion, and release pure water vapor through the exhaust pipe. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s the cleanest alternative fuel technology ever---and it’s being demonstrated in Hawai’i.

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Flickr / Steve's Web Hosting

The use of solar power continues to rise in Hawaii. But there’s another practice that’s also on the increase---trade disputes involving solar energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / IAEA Imagebank

Nuclear power is slowly making a comeback in Japan. It’s been more than two years since an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in the north of the country. This week, several utilities are taking initial steps to return to operation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Molokai's Soaring Electric Rates

Jun 3, 2013

As the state moves forward with its goals of reduced dependence on fossil fuels, Molokai is already on target with the lowest energy consumption in the state and an active discussion of the island’s energy needs and future. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

Asian Arctic Ambitions

May 15, 2013
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Flickr / gordontour

If you look out the window anywhere across the islands, the Arctic Circle may feel like a long way away. But at a meeting in Sweden this week, a number of Asian countries are trying to get a bit closer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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