• 28th Hawaii State Legislature opens with fanfare, focus on issues

    KHON - January 21, 2015

    The state House and Senate celebrated the opening day of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature with fanfare Wednesday.

    Festivities in the Senate chamber included performances by Danny Kaleikini, Robert Cazimero, Marlene Sai, Debbie Nakanelua, Jeff Auhoy, Na Leo Pilimehana, Keauhou and Halau ka Liko pua o Kalaniakea.

    Then it was time to get down to business.

  • Outage impact brief, but big for businesses

    KHON - January 13, 2015

    Many businesses, including those in Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi and Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, were affected by rolling blackouts Monday night.

    At both centers, affected businesses say the outage lasted for no more than half an hour.

    While power was expected to remain on Tuesday night, companies made adjustments, just in case.

    At The Shack Hawaii Kai, customers enjoyed their food and drinks, but that wasn’t the case Monday night. With the blackout, the kitchen had to be closed for safety reasons.
    The menu was limited to chips and cold sandwiches.

  • Will 2015 be brighter for solar in Hawaii?

    KITV - January 7, 2014

    Clouds of uncertainty have been hanging over Hawaii's residential solar industry. But will 2015 be brighter?
    Installations of residential solar systems have been dropping over the past two years.

    In 2014, the numbers were down by 50 percent from the year before, going from 13,303 to 6,554 permits issued.

    Fewer homeowners may be signing up to go green because Hawaii's solar energy future is up in the air.

    Part of the uncertainty comes from the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to Nextera.

  • PVT dedicates $4M recycling machine

    Hawai News Now - November 19, 2014

    NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new $4 million recycling machine at the PVT landfill in Nanakuli will not only recycle tons of construction debris but could help produce enough electricity to light 12,000 homes.

    PVT Land Co. held a dedication ceremony for the massive recycling equipment at its Nanakuli landfill. The new machine will help break down demolished buildings and other construction material into smaller pieces that can be recycled.

    It also sorts out wood, paper and plastic which can be burned by energy companies to generate electricity.

  • Final stretch of Kapolei Parkway to open next week

    KHON - September 29, 2014

    Nearly two years after construction began, a main road in Kapolei will soon be fully open.

    KHON2 received inquiries via Report It asking when Kapolei Parkway would be done.

    “It seems like a long time,” said Makakilo resident Steven Martin.

    “Longer than it should have been,” said Ewa Beach resident Caroline Tumpap.

    The project has faced delays and an increase in cost.

    When KHON2 talked to city officials in June, they said the road would be open this month. Now they’re saying it will be ready for drivers in October.

  • Power plant woes prompt HECO conservation request

    Hawaii News Now - September 17, 2014

    KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Continued problems at the state's largest independent power producer are prompting calls by Hawaiian Electric Co. for more energy conservation over the next several days.

    Kalaeloa Partner's 208-MW plant in Campbell Industrial Park remained idle for the second straight day after a hole was discovered in one of its two boilers. The other boiler went offline due to problems in the transmission system connecting it to Oahu's grid.

  • HECO says its trying to connect more customers to the grid

    KITV - September 19, 2014

    HONOLULU, Hawaii —Wannabe solar customers in Hawaii said they are running into one big obstacle, a long waiting game to connect to the grid. Dozens showed up on Friday to hear how Hawaiian Electric is planning to move the process along.

    About 4,500 people are waiting to connect to the grid. Some are homeowners others like Greg Malick said it's for their church.

    "Our church put photovoltaics on the roof and it's been waiting months. I know the switch is on the off position and they have to wait for HECO to approve everything," said Malick.