A New Way Forward for Packaging and “Transitional EPR”

Kristine Kubat from Recycle Hawaii is a front line Zero Waste activist in the state. In this article from Resource Recycling Magazine, she presents her thoughts on EPR legislation and introduces the concept of “transitional EPR.… Read More

Greetings From Hawaii, Where Utility Profit Depends on Performance — Episode 130 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 May 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Isaac Moriwake discuss how Hawaii’s new performance-based utility regulation will adjust utility incentives, ultimately saving customer dollars and propelling the transition to clean energy.… Read More

Island Utility Aims for Two-Thirds Renewable Energy by 2020 — Episode 92 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 4 Dec 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with David Bissell, CEO of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The two talk about the utility’s renewable energy achievement, the challenges of operating a utility on an island, and how Kauai provides a “postcard from the future” for other U.S. utilities.… Read More

Anti-Garbage Incineration Around the Globe, A Review

Date: 25 Apr 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The pattern is the same throughout the world. People do not want garbage incinerators which pollute, need enormous amounts of capital and cap comprehensive job-intensive recycling, reuse and composting efforts. The staying power of anti incineration and pro Zero Waste campaigns prove this. In most cases a mobilized citizenry and small business sector and democratic institutions assure eventual victories over garbage incineration.… Read More

Distributed Generation Under Fire (2015)

Date: 16 May 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’ve been keeping a running tally of where distributed generation has come under attack, usually from incumbent utility companies, and displayed it in map format every few months. But the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of October 19, 2015

Date: 23 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Hawai’i ends its Net Metering program, approves new rooftop solar programs. Ohio has permanently frozen clean energy implementation in the state, to the ire of most Ohioans. Socio-economic divides persist in solar energy, but the … Read More

Hawaii’s Net Metering Alternative Comes Up (Way) Short

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii approved the proposal of the islands’ largest utility to end net metering for solar customers. It’s the culmination of a years-long battle and a proxy in the national fight between utilities … Read More

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