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PUC policy should favor consumers


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

~~<p>The Public Utilities Commission, always in a position to affect consumers, has in recent years seemed more attuned to the first word of its name. The public interest in proposals for utility initiatives and rates has figured prominently in some of its recent decisions.</p>
<p>The commission's work on a range of prominent issues &mdash; from the accommodation of photovoltaic power on the electric grid to the development of biofuels and the advent of liquefied natural gas as an alternative source &mdash; is the product of all three commissioners and the staff. However, former lawmaker Hermina Morita has chaired the commission since her appointment in 2011, so much of the credit for a clearer consumer focus should go to her.</p>
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The Public Utilities Commission, always in a position to affect consumers, has in recent years seemed more attuned to the first word of its name. The public interest in proposals for utility initiatives and rates has figured prominently in some of its recent decisions.

The commission's work on a range of prominent issues — from the accommodation of photovoltaic power on the electric grid to the development of biofuels and the advent of liquefied natural gas as an alternative source — is the product of all three commissioners and the staff. However, former lawmaker Hermina Morita has chaired the commission since her appointment in 2011, so much of the credit for a clearer consumer focus should go to her. Login for more...



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