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.
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?
January 28th, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli
We focus often on high-tech solutions to climate change, however, some of the easiest and cheapest ways to fix climate change are right under our feet.
December 10th, 2019 | by John Farrell
A cooperative utility in Hawaii has reduced its electricity prices, multiplied its renewable energy capacity, and increased its grid resiliency — all without relying on neighboring utilities, because there are none
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
November 16th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli
The Mayors of Maui County and Honolulu County have announced lawsuits against the fossil fuel companies. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced Maui's plans on October 29 and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Honolulu's plans on November
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
November 7th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli
Bill 40, an ambitious plastics reduction bill, is moving swiftly through Honolulu City Council, with wide bi-partisan support. Local activist groups, concerned citizens and tourists are excited to move this bill forward. Learn more about the bill and why it's such an important opportunity for Oahu.
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
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
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.
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
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
July 28th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart
Forgive the last few weeks of relative silence as we gather a storm of news and press releases regarding the world of electric aviation. One of the big biggest air shows in the world, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, just wrapped up. As with any major air shows, companies use that time to reveal plans and purchases
June 22nd, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart
The air service provider Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) wants to expand its on-demand charter service and has just placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter airplanes, with the option to order another 50 electrified planes
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
May 20th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney
Energy efficiency. It's the bomb. It IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY reduces carbon, often requires zero utility input or approval, and saves people money.
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
May 2nd, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart
It's time for another CleanTechnica news roundup of electric air mobility news — news about electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft and electric airplanes
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