With the planned closure of the coal-burning AES Hawaii power plant on Oahu and retirement of Maui's oldest oil-fired plant within the next five years, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are beginning the second phase of an ambitious renewable resource procurement to continue the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has awarded a grant to the Hawaiian Electric Companies and partners to develop enhanced energy management systems (EMS) to help utility system operators manage system impacts from increasing amounts of variable renewable energy on electric grids.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies are now sharing “Renewable Watch” for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, online displays that show the daily contribution of solar and wind generation on each island and how energy from these resources changes throughout the day.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies – Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light – today launched their Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/HawaiianElectric.
Hawaiian Electric Company’s path to a clean energy future reached a significant milestone today with the deactivation of the Honolulu Power Plant, nearly a century after the generating station first started providing electricity to the people of Oahu.
Solar photovoltaic installations in Hawai‘i continued growing at a strong pace in 2013. A total of 17,609 solar installations with more than 129 megawatts capacity were added to the Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Company grids in 2013. This is 39 percent more than was added in 2012.
A year-long fundraising effort by employees of the Hawaiian Electric Companies and donations from employees of American Savings Bank are part of a more than $100,000 contribution from Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) to the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific.