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Kaheawa Wind Farm, aerial file photo by Wendy Osher.
MECO Helps Parent Company Hit New Renewable Record
April 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

HECO officials attributed the progress to added rooftop and utility-scale solar photovoltaic facilities on all islands; more wind energy on Oahu and Maui; and increased geothermal energy production on Hawaii Island.

Solar panels. Photo by Wendy Osher.
MECO Gets National Honors for Solar Energy Adoption
April 18th, 2013 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

MECO was ranked sixth in the nation in 2012 for adding new solar power on a per customer basis, according to the educational non-profit Solar Electric Power Association.

Roz Baker, file photo courtesy Senate Communications.
Maui Senators Appointed to PUC’s Energy Planning Advisory Group
July 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui Business

The Public Utilities Commission has appointed Senators Roz Baker and J. Kalani English as members to the newly created Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Advisory Group.

MACC Solar panel project. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Ranked 7th in US for Solar
April 17th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

Maui Electric Company is ranked seventh in the nation in a list of top utilities for solar power. In 2011, Maui Electric Company reported a 100.2 watts-per-customer rate, an increase from its 22.8 rate a year before.

Kihei/Wailea Site of Japan-U.S. Electric Vehicle Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Kihei/Wailea Site of Japan-U.S. Electric Vehicle Smart Grid Demonstration Project
May 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui Business

Beginning in 2012, energy partners from the United States and Japan will collaborate on a multimillion dollar smart grid demonstration project in neighborhoods in the Kihei and Wailea areas.

MECO workers file photo by Wendy Osher.
Hawaiian Electric Now Providing All Customers with Lower Rates for Conservation
March 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Maui Business

Oahu customers are the last of Hawaiian Electric’s customers to receive the new tiered electric rate structure already in place for Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Company customers.

File Photo by Wendy Osher.  Governor Linda Lingle and Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, toured the Kaheawa Wind Power facility in Maalaea in February of 2008.
State Moves Closer in its Plan to Ship Wind Energy From Maui to Oahu
October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Featured, Maui News

The state is seeking bids from companies interested in linking Maui County to Oahu using a system of undersea cables. The proposed project was unveiled a year ago when the state entered into an agreement with Hawaiian Electric companies to connect the islands into one electrical grid, allowing renewable wind power generated in Maui County […]

July 15th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui Business, Maui News

Hawaiian Electric Company is the recipient of $750,000 in federal funds for the development of new wind energy projects in Hawaii. The award, from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), funded primarily by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will support HECO’s Hawaii Utility Integration Initiatives. Currently, HECO operates the Kaheawa Wind Power Farm on […]

Governor Linda Lingle (left) during a 2008 visit to the Kaheawa Windfarm on Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.
HECO Agrees to Buy Energy from First Wind’s Molokai Wind Farms
March 17th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News

The governor joined officials with Castle & Cooke, First Wind Hawaii and Hawaiian Electric Company today in announcing an agreement that could lead to the construction of large wind farms on both Lanai and Molokai. The farms would feed into an inter-island cable system currently being discussed with plans to provide the clean energy via […]

January 5th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News

Lawmakers will discuss the cause of Oahu’s islandwide power outage that knocked out power on the day after Christmas to more than 282,000 customers.  The Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment will meet on January 14th for an informational briefing to go over reasons behind the extended outage and plans to prevent future incidents. […]