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53 Million Gallons Of Wastewater Flushes Daily Into Hawaii’s Waters — How One Local Non-Profit Is Working To Fix This

February 8th, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and yet there are serious water quality issues to content with, primarily due to the large quantity of cesspools in the State. This is a huge issue for all of the islands, and impacts the health of humans, animals, and our ocean ecology. Here's the story of a local non-profit that's working to fix this crappy situation.


Hawaiian Electric Co. Gets New CEO & Voted Utility Of The Year

January 31st, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) just named a new CEO and was voted as 'Best Utility' in the US by Utility Dive. What policies and progress has the utility made in recent years to grab this honor, what's the new CEO going to do going forward, and what does this really look like for residents of the islands?


Honolulu Makes History With Comprehensive Plastic Bill!

December 5th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli

Last night in Honolulu, we made history: Bill 40, a comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council. Activists from across the island have been working for nearly a decade to get smart plastic legislation passed in the city and state. The vote last night was nothing short of victorious: this is the strongest plastic phase-out bill in the country, and likely in the world


3 Tesla Powerwalls + SunPower Solar = 33 Days “Off Grid” — CleanTechnica Interview

November 10th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

New York state resident Anthony Sicari has a home solar power and energy storage system that he used to power his home “off- grid” for 33 days. That's a bit more than one month of electricity self-generation, Tesla Powerwall battery storage, and consumption. To be extra clear, the home only used electricity from the solar panel & battery combination during that period, none from the utility


Utility Adds 2.5 MW Of Demand Response Capabilities With Very Unusual “Batteries”

November 2nd, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) recently added 2.5MW of grid services to its grid, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods, and did so without any traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro. Even better, the hardware required is very minimal, and in fact, most of it already exists in every residential grid in the world


The Span Panel Makes Adding Solar & Storage A Plug & Play Affair

September 19th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Span.IO is bringing intelligence to the home base of a home's electrical system with a new smart electrical panel that was designed from the ground up with home solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and smart home tech in mind. The product was envisioned, designed, and engineered by a team of former Tesla engineers that brought the Powerwall to market, led by Tesla's former Head of Product, Arch Rao


Sunrun Promises Innovative Solar + Storage Virtual Power Plant For Hawaii

September 9th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Sunrun, the United States' leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, announced last week it intends to participate in Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market by delivering electricity from a virtual power plant made up of home solar and batteries. 


Clean Energy At 1 Cent Per Kilowatt-Hour

August 18th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

We need clean energy, and we need it ASAP. There are barriers to getting it done, including permitting, price, land-use issues, energy-water nexus issues, lobbying efforts by the fossil industries and the puppets they install in our government, and more. Capital projects can take years to develop as a result of these obstacles


Why Renewable Companies Should Be Paying Attention To Mauna Kea

August 4th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli

There is a monumental political and cultural uprising happening in Hawaii at this very moment. While this particular issue is focused on a telescope (more on that below), it has really clear indications for other types of development in the future, including renewables. Solar companies, wind companies, and other renewable industry people would do well to learn from what's happening on the mountain. There are big lessons to be learned here


State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 | by NRDC

The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet


On Climate, Washington State Back In The Lead

May 12th, 2019 | by NRDC

Washington State closed out its 2019 legislative session with some big wins for the climate. The legislature passed a 100% clean electricity standard, new efficiency policies, and regulation of super-pollutants, but there is more to do in coming years


Republican States Have The Loneliest (& Dirties) Commutes — Infographic

May 2nd, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

The emerging popularity of electric vehicles has helped to alleviate the burden of vehicular carbon dioxide emissions. Nevertheless, American states still have an outsized carbon footprint. With gas-powered vehicles responsible for troubling carbon dioxide emissions in the US, a small difference, such as driving with a coworker and/or driving electric, can help create change



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