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Hawaii’s Modern Grid – progress toward 100% renewable energy

The Hawaiian Electric grid modernization strategy will meet the state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard, the most ambitious clean energy goal in the U.S. The Hawaiian Electric Companies supply electricity using a transmission system and distribution network originally designed to deliver electrical energy in one direction, from several large power plants to all customers. The utilities…

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Calculating and planning for distributed energy resources in the grid

The electric power industry is increasingly having to evaluate the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER). New sets of challenges exist for planning and operating the grid, especially with the distribution systems in which these new resources must be integrated. Now electric utilities across the world are looking at new analytical methods to assess…

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Battery boom is expected to attract $1.2 trillion in investment by 2040

The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 gigawatts by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published Tuesday, and that growth will necessitate $1.2 trillion in investment. Sharply falling battery costs is a key driver of the boom. BNEF sees the capital cost of a utility-scale lithium-ion storage system falling…

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Hawaii Oil Dependence to Cause Electricity Prices to Rise

According to a recent article on Bloomberg, energy prices are expected to rise as much as 20% by 2020 due to new regulations for low sulfur fuel for oceangoing ships. Currently, Hawaii generates about 70% of its energy with low-sulfur oil. In 2020, maritime regulations will require ships worldwide to lower the amount of sulfur…

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Big Island Electric Rates Approaching 40 cents kilowatt-hour

In light of a base rate increase implemented earlier this year and the cost of oil in the $60-$70/barrel range, the cost of HELCO power is closing in on the 40 cents/kWh range. The small commercial G effective rate is 39.56 cents/kWh, which represents an 11 percent increase since November 2017 and 24 percent increase…

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Hawaiian Electric announces new NEM Plus program

The Hawaiian Electric Cos. have launched a new solar program this week called NEM Plus that allows net energy metering customers to add energy storage as well as extra panels to their rooftop solar systems — as long as the new equipment doesn’t export power to the grid. Customers may install new panels, battery storage…

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Solar and wind account for 10% of US electrical generation

Renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 20% of net domestic electrical generation during the first half of 2018 — narrowly surpassing that provided by nuclear power, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Each accounted for almost one-fifth of the nation’s electrical generation: renewables (including…

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Think Tech Hawaii: The Future of Energy in Hawaii

This week on Energy 808: The Cutting Edge, Marco, Jay, and Mina, discuss some to the top new energy developments in Hawaii. They’ll take a closer look at the potential for CBRE, the status of some projects on the horizon, as well as a discussion on the future of PGV. The hosts for this episode…

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WCA August town meeting to focus on residential photo voltaic: Possible way to reduce costs and carbon footprint

WAIMEA — The high cost of residential electricity continues to consume many throughout North Hawaii and the state. The current status of residential alternative energy opportunities, how they work, what the process includes, what individuals, families and businesses can do to minimize their electric bills or hedge future electric bills and ultimately reduce their carbon…

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Slight increase in Hawaii County solar PV permits for June

A July 5 Pacific Business News article discuses the month to month trend in solar sales. Solar PV permits are up slightly for June 2018 vs the same time last year. County of Hawaii’s planning department issued building permits for 83 solar photovoltaic systems last month, compared to 78 in June 2017. Overall, Hawaii County…

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