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August 24, 2015

Ige Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas for HECO

An analysis unveiled by the Ulupono Initiative later in the conference’s opening session looked at costs associated with various forms and mixes of energy – oil, diesel and LNG. The analysis also included scenarios in which renewables are used in limited or great quantities. The analysis suggested that maximization of low-cost renewable energy sources with possible inclusion of LNG might present the most economically attractive way forward for Hawaii’s energy economy.


July 25, 2015

Electric car charger startup Scott Mercer on charging ahead

Scott Mercer has taken the electric vehicle charging startup Volta Industries from the back of a Kakaako auto repair shop, where the first charging units were built by hand, to a multi-state network that recently secured $7.5 million in venture capital financing that will allow it to nearly quadruple the number of stations in new markets on the Mainland, from 110 today to more than 400.


July 13, 2015

Homegrown and healthy: Farm to school bill passes

SB 376, a bill creating a statewide farm to school program, was signed into law this week by Gov. David Ige after unanimously passing both legislative chambers in May. The bill also funds a one-year program coordinator position in the Department of Agriculture.


June 24, 2015

Growing Strong

Malama Kauai’s KSGN program received the grants from the Ulupono Initiative and the Johnson Ohana Foundation to provide support for the KSGN Program. The funds will go toward their school garden and food efforts, their gardening certificate training course, and the organization’s installation of the school garden at Kawaikini Public Charter School.