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Utilities and alternative energy providers have felt the economic effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Demand has fallen, but both groups also hope to be part of Hawaii’s eventual recovery.

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WAILUKU — Hawaii has experienced a significant reduction in the use of electricity because of the coronavirus, with Maui's use dropping the most among the three largest islands.

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HONOLULU — Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu's power grid.

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WAILUKU — Hawaiian Electric has proposed the construction of a battery storage system on Maui that will lead to the closure of a power plant there.

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Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said.

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A company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison is in negotiations to purchase the power plant and electric grid on Lanai, officials said.

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Call in show discussing solar energy in Hawaii. Guests include:

  • Melissa Miyashiro, managing director of strategy and policy at Blue Planet Foundation and who serves on the state’s Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force. 
  • William Giese, executive director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. Giese’s work focuses on policy analysis, creation, and advocacy of clean energy policies.
  • Peter Rosegg, senior spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Companies.
  • Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. He has been in the solar energy and renewable energy field since 1978. 

Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc. has been awarded a contract to own and  operate the electrical system for the U.S. Army's Oahu installations, a deal valued at $638.5 million over 50 years, the company said in a release Thursday.

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One of the biggest recent deals between utilities in Hawaiʻi simplifies ownership of a ubiquitous feature in the landscape. 

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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Long View; DHT’s Mamma Mia; What’s Next for HECO?; 14-Nation Tour

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