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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

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Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Feb. 4, 2024. ______________ Hawaii’s rolling blackouts on Jan. 8 gave residents a lot of time to wonder whether this could become a regular occurrence on the state’s journey to reach 100% renewable energy by the year 2045.

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SB2525: Carbon tax would be toxic for Hawaii economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism and Agriculture and Environment on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Energy,

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State ‘decarbonization’ report includes comments from Kent

The state Energy Office is committed to Hawaii’s current goals, but it acknowledges concerns raised by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii State Energy Office has released its “decarbonization” report as requested by the 2022 state Legislature, and it includes concerns raised by Joe Kent, executive vice president of

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West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice

The best way to deal with the clashing preferences about reopening West Maui to tourism is to leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent. Speaking last week with host Rick Hamada on KHVH NewsRadio 830, Kent

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Concern builds that Hawaii energy goals not realistic

Hawaii’s plans to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2045 might cause more harm than good, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Kent expressed concern that the attempted shift towards a new

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Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?

Implementing 100% renewable energy in Hawaii is official state policy, but can Hawaii residents afford it?  That was the question posed by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, in a conversation earlier this month with host Howard Wiig on the “ThinkTech Hawaii” program “Code Green.” 

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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

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Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Feb. 4, 2024. ______________ Hawaii’s rolling blackouts on Jan. 8 gave residents a lot of time to wonder whether this could become a regular occurrence on the state’s journey to reach 100% renewable energy by the year 2045.

Read More →

SB2525: Carbon tax would be toxic for Hawaii economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism and Agriculture and Environment on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Energy,

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State ‘decarbonization’ report includes comments from Kent

The state Energy Office is committed to Hawaii’s current goals, but it acknowledges concerns raised by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii State Energy Office has released its “decarbonization” report as requested by the 2022 state Legislature, and it includes concerns raised by Joe Kent, executive vice president of

Read More →

West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice

The best way to deal with the clashing preferences about reopening West Maui to tourism is to leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent. Speaking last week with host Rick Hamada on KHVH NewsRadio 830, Kent

Read More →

Concern builds that Hawaii energy goals not realistic

Hawaii’s plans to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2045 might cause more harm than good, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Kent expressed concern that the attempted shift towards a new

Read More →

Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?

Implementing 100% renewable energy in Hawaii is official state policy, but can Hawaii residents afford it?  That was the question posed by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, in a conversation earlier this month with host Howard Wiig on the “ThinkTech Hawaii” program “Code Green.” 

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