News Releases

Many customers installing new rooftop solar systems will get to see their monthly electricity costs reduced faster under Quick Connect, a new Hawaiian Electric program that will accelerate the process for turning on new systems. The innovative new program aims to support customers and Hawaii’s solar industry during the COVID-19 economic downturn. For the next ...
Read More News Release: Hawaiian Electric speeds up rooftop solar interconnections

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the application of Launiupoko Irrigation Co., LLC, for approval of a temporary rate increase for non-potable (irrigation) water services in the Launiupoko area (Docket No. 2020-0089). The PUC will host the virtual hearing through WebEx for online and telephonic participation by all interested ...
Read More January 7 – Public Hearing for Application of Launiupoko Irrigation Co., LLC for a Temporary Rate Increase (Docket No. 2020-0089)

The University of Hawai‘i and Hawaiian Electric have agreed to collaborate on an innovative renewable energy initiative to help the university achieve its netzero energy goal and bring online more cost-effective, renewable energy resources to benefit the entire state. Key elements of the proposed program include: The university will provide a project location at no ...
Read More News Release: University of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian Electric agree on ‘green tariff’ to benefit campuses and community (Docket No. 2020-0204)

Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) have reached agreement on an amended contract that will significantly lower electric bills on Hawaii Island, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the island’s renewable portfolio standard to nearly 70 percent. The amended power purchase agreement was filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Dec. 31, 2019 ...
Read More News Release: Hawaiian Electric, Puna Geothermal Venture reach new agreement to reduce cost, expand output (Docket No. 2019-0333)

Hawaiian Electric’s walk-in payment centers in Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo, Kona and Molokaʽi, closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, will permanently shut their doors due to declining use and customers adapting to other payment options.   The Division of Consumer Advocacy encourages the public to file comments on the matter. Specifically, whether it is ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Hawaiian Electric Permanently Closes Walk-In Payment Centers

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/dbedt-news-release-hawaii-business-and-events-recognized-for-green-practices/ A resort on Hawaii Island that converted its gasoline-powered canal boats to electric propulsion, a Maui resort that increased its photovoltaic rooftop array to 2,138 panels to produce clean power, and another that switched to using municipally treated greywater to irrigate 14 acres of its property grounds are among the recipients of this year’s ...
Read More DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: HAWAII BUSINESS AND EVENTS RECOGNIZED FOR GREEN PRACTICES

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR CATHERINE P. AWAKUNI COLÓN DIRECTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2017 Dean Nishina Named State’s Consumer Advocate HONOLULU – Dean Nishina has been named executive director for Department of Commerce and Consumer Affair’s Division of Consumer Advocacy (DCA), effective January 1. He has been serving ...
Read More RELEASE: Dean Nishina Named State’s Consumer Advocate

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR CATHERINE P. AWAKUNI COLÓN DIRECTOR JEFFREY ONO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2016 State Consumer Advocate Supports the Commission’s Denial of the NextEra-HECO Merger Affirms Failure to Demonstrate Adequate Customer Benefits HONOLULU – The Division of Consumer Advocacy (Consumer Advocate) ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: State Consumer Advocate Supports the Commission’s Denial of the NextEra-HECO Merger