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HECO boosts share of electricity from renewable sources

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:34 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

Hawaiian Electric Co. said renewable energy sources accounted for 13.9 percent of all the electricity on its grids in 2012, up from 12 percent in 2011.

The sources included rooftop and utility-scale solar photovoltaic, wind on Maui and Oahu, and geothermal on Hawaii island.

“Our communities’ strong progress in renewable energy is the result of the collective efforts of customers, energy suppliers and our companies,” said  Scott Seu, HECO vice president for energy resources and operations.

The increase means HECO is on track to meet a target of generating 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015. The target increases to 40 percent by 2030.

HECO presented the update in its annual Renewable Portfolio Standard Report filed with the state Public Utilities Commission. The report covers HECO’s service area, which includes Oahu, Maui and Hawaii counties.

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sailfish1 wrote:
When are electricity prices going to come down - way down?
on April 29,2013 | 07:14PM
toobn wrote:
Are you ready for a good laugh? How much renewable energy is produced by HECO/HELCO/MECO? Virtually NONE! Yet they like to take the credit. The truth of the matter is that have actually resisted and impeded the growth of renewable energy on the grid, and continue to do so. All this renewable energy equipment is paid for and installed by consumers, business, and the government, not the utility.
on April 29,2013 | 07:19PM
Kealii wrote:
You neglect to mention the fact that HECO had to spend millions to upgrade the system to accept the volatile nature of PV and wind energy production without causing excessive frequency deviation. Without that, there simply wouldn't be as many PV systems in use because the grid would become unstable and we'd have blacks out every day.
on April 29,2013 | 11:11PM
engineersoldier wrote:
I went PV and am now convinced that the contractor intentionally oversized my system to give free electricity to HECO. This net metering system needs to be challenged in courts, as HECO derives benefit at no cost.
on April 29,2013 | 09:25PM
Kealii wrote:
Doubtful. Your contractor oversized your system because he took advantage of your lack of research and sold you more than you needed for HIS benefit. He could care less of the free electricity you're giving to HECO. This is why you never trust these contractors and accept the numbers that are given to you because they do have an agenda. Research them yourself or get someone else you trust to help you.
on April 29,2013 | 10:53PM
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