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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Kona-Kohala 50th Anniversary Gala

Join us to celebrate this significant milestone and honor the Chamber’s history and look ahead to the bright future of the West Hawai’i business community. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, and feature a delicious dinner, guest speakers, games, activities, dancing and more!

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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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Hilo Rotary 19th Annual Oktoberfest

Join us on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Sangha Hall (398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo). Please note it’s a Friday, this year, breaking from tradition. Enjoy an evening of food, music, auctions, costume contests and more with friends to raise funds that help Rotary International eradicate polio as well as fund community service projects in East Hawaii. The…

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Now Hiring: Hawaii licensed Electrician (EJ or ES)

TESLA, TESLA, TESLA, TESLA, TESLA, TESLA…Did we get your attention? We are one of relatively few electrical contractors in the state and the ONLY one based on the Big Island that’s a TESLA Certified Installer. Which means you could be working on a team that’s on the cutting edge with the coolest battery storage technology…

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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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