In a 2-0 vote (one commissioner abstained) this afternoon, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted to reject the proposed NextEra/Hawaiian Electric merger, numerous news outlets are reporting. "The PUC concluded that while the companies demonstrated that NextEra is fit, willing and able to perform the services currently offered by HECO, they did not demonstrate … [Read more...] about Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Rejects NextEra/Hawaiian Electric Merger
Though state Senator Gil Keith-Agaran, D–Kahului, Waihee and Wailuku, is running for reelection this year, he has no challengers. Still, he'll be on the ballot and we wanted to know his thoughts on some of what we think are the biggest state issues of the year. And he obliged. In fact, pay close attention to his answer on the question involving police misconduct (Keith-Agaran … [Read more...] about Know Your 2016 Maui County Election Candidate: Gil Keith-Agaran
1. On Sept. 3, more than 40 state and county leaders gathered in Honolulu to call for true publicly owned utilities in Hawaii. According to the news release the state House of Representatives’ press office sent out that day, which Maui County Councilmember was there? A. Riki Hokama B. Gladys Baisa C. Don Guzman D. Don Couch E. Stacy Crivello 2. According to the Sept. … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know the future of the vacant land next to the Honua Kai Resort?
Hawaii Governor David Ige isn't a fan. Neither is Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. Same with Sierra Club Hawaii Director Marti Townshend. And now we know that state Consumer Advocate Jeffrey Ono isn't on board, either. I'm talking about the proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and Florida-based NextEra Energy, which (if approved) would be worth about $4.3 billion. For … [Read more...] about Hawaii Consumer Advocate denounces proposed Hawaiian Electric/NextEra merger
Something really weird is going on with House Speaker Joe Souki's Financial Disclosure Statements in regards to his investment in Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI). It all started on June 13, when Honolulu reporter/blogger Ian Lind put up this post on how his reading of the longtime Wailuku state Representative and Speaker of the House's financial disclosure statements … [Read more...] about The strange case of House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Disclosure Statements