It’s a familiar story: A large merger is proposed that puts an important piece of Hawaii’s future at stake. Questions are asked about the details of the merger and we’re told, “trust us, we’ve got this handled.” Ask yourself, how many of those promises became reality once that company had control? For the Hawaiian Electric/NextEra merger, now is the time to ensure real commitments for residents and ratepayers, before we lose our chance to do so. Time and again, we’ve learned there is a big difference between firm commitments and empty promises
Over the past three years Ulupono Initiative has proudly sponsored the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo (APRISE) at the Hawaii Convention Center. APRISE brings together hundreds of local, national and international stakeholders in the energy industry, government, US military and private sector.
It’s an often repeated mantra: reduce, reuse and recycle. Many people are pretty good about that in the short term, but when it comes to building or remodeling, the lure of the new is often compelling.
Ulupono General Partner Kyle Datta presented on the Natural Gas and LNG - Opportunities and Challenges panel at the 2015 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo. This panel discussed the opportunities and challenges of natural gas and its densified version, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), in Hawaii and its potential impacts on the state’s power and transportation requirements.
Hawaii Gas and Hawaiian Electric Co. executives stood firm Tuesday in their support of liquefied natural gas as the transitional fuel the state needs to achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045, touting its financial efficiency and environmental attributes.
Ulupono Managing Partner Murray Clay was a featured keynote at the 2015 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo where he discussed the importance of an in-depth discussion on electric utility fuel costs.
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.
Bikeshare Hawaii has selected four potential systems for the state's first bicycle sharing program, and wants your feedback.
Bikeshare Hawaii, a nonprofit created through public and private interests, has set up a demonstration area at the Honolulu Design Center to get the public’s take on which technology it should use ahead of next year’s expected launch.
The city is extending its electronic bus sign pilot project.
The project got under way last November and was supposed to end in May.
The start up company that’s in charge of the signs is asking for an extension so it can continue to improve its signs.