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Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

Originally posted at ilsr.org

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland utility conglomerate NextEra, parent company of another regulated utility, Florida Power and Light.

Should Hawaiians accede to the wishes of NextEra and sell their largest electric utility to off-islanders?

These postcards from Florida (inspired by a campaign by Vote Solar) shine a little light on what Hawaiians can expect from their proposed utility overlord.

For more on the takeover, check out ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy commentary during the Maui Energy Conference, ILSR’s 2012 report—Hawaiian Sunblock—on the unexpected barriers to low-cost solar on the islands, Vote Solar’s Postcards from Florida campaign, and the continuing coverage of the utility acquisition on Utility Dive.

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John directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.   Farrell also authored the landmark report Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States, detailing the state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States (energyselfreliantstates.org), and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World.   John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

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