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National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to increase awareness of the availability of electric vehicles (EV). This year, it is celebrated between September 14-22. It highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Locally, a handful of events were held statewide on Oahu, Kauai, and Kamuela and Hilo ...
Read More National Drive Electric Week rolls through September

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) filed an application for a rate increase with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The request is for a 4.1 percent, or about $77.5 million increase in revenues. HECO contends the increase on Oahu will help pay for operating and capital costs, including upgrades to strengthen the grid and integrate more renewable energy. ...
Read More HECO files request for approval of a rate increase – Docket No. 2019-0085

The Commission has asked the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (“HNEI”) to conduct a study on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from various energy products and technologies. The Commission expects to use the results from the study to support regulatory decisions for the State’s electric and gas utilities. View the PUC’s website for their letter to ...
Read More PUC Requests Hawaii Natural Energy Institute to Analyze Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy Projects

Governor David Ige recently signed a number of energy-related bills, enacting them into law. The Consumer Advocate testified in numerous bills advocating a position for consumers as a whole. The following is a short list of energy- and utility- related bills that are now acts in the State of Hawaii: Bill Relating to Act SB ...
Read More Governor signs energy-related bills into law

In a recent public notice, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter 2019 will be 24.4 percent, up from the previous quarter’s 18.8 percent. Learn more about the contribution factor, quarterly administrative filings, and archived public notices regarding the Universal Service Fund on the FCC website.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the National Verifier in 2016 to make Lifeline eligibility determinations and perform a variety of other functions necessary to enroll subscribers into the Lifeline Program. Hawaii soft launched with four other states and one territory back in October 2018 to join the National Verifier. The soft launch period will ...
Read More FCC Launches National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier in Hawaii

With natural disasters and severe weather events occurring with growing frequency and intensity, it is more critical than ever for consumers to be prepared for these emergencies. Three components to emergency preparedness involve being informed about the different types of emergencies to which your state and local area are vulnerable, making an emergency plan, and ...
Read More NARUC Launches Consumers and Catastrophes Guide

Held annually in mid March, Fix a Leak Week encourages you to check for leaks around your home, helping to prevent nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted nationwide from leaks. For more information on Fix a Leak Wee, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense webpage.

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