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
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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
In early December 2014, Florida-based NextEra Energy announced that Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) had agreed to merge with it. A joint statement put out by the companies contained repeated assertions that the merger–valued at $4.3 billion–would be outstanding for everyone concerned. It would help modernize Hawaii's grid, increase the use of renewable energy resources, … [Read more...] about Gov. Ige, Mayor Arakawa and environmentalists oppose NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger
1. Last week, Hawaii Governor David Ige named former state Senator Randy Iwase the new Public Utilities Commission Chairman. The last time Iwase ran for office was 2006, when he tried to unseat then-Governor Linda Lingle. What was Iwase’s vote percentage in that race? A. 47.9 percent B. 44.9 percent C. 37.9 percent D. 34.9 percent E. 27.9 percent 2. On Jan. 16, U.S. … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know new Hawaii PUC Chairman Randy Iwase?