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Storage to play key role in Hawaii grid reliability as coal plant nears retirement, experts say

By Kavya Balaraman Photo: Gregory Zamell , Getty Images

Both utility-scale energy storage and distributed storage resources will play a key role in helping Hawaii maintain the reliability of its grid as it prepares to shutter a 180 MW coal plant on the island of Oahu, experts said at the Hawaii Energy Conference on Tuesday.


A Hawaiian macadamia nut farm gets solar and storage, achieving 100% renewable power

By Michelle Lewis

Hawaii-based Mauna Loa, one of the world’s major macadamia nut brands, just got a 1.2-megawatt solar farm and 500 kW battery storage system. The new solar and storage join existing clean energy sources at the facility, which means it’s now powered by 100% clean energy.


People power: Hawaii utility wants to pay households to share clean energy

By Julian Spector Photo: Mel Melcon , Getty Images

Something unusual is happening in Hawaii: An electric utility and rooftop solar installers have agreed on a proposal to reward households for sharing clean energy with the grid at useful times.


On Hawaii 1-15-2022: Waikiki Beach could disappear by the end of the century. It’s not the only one.

By Christine Hitt Photo: Marco Garcia , AP Photo

For the past decade or so, I’ve seen the changes firsthand to Hawaii’s shoreline — and not just in Waikiki. My home beach on the west side of Oahu is wrecked, unrecognizable from the days I frequented it as a kid. The North Shore is battling erosion like I’ve never seen before; some homes are barely surviving, and they are not alone.


More than 1,000 MW of solar now online across Hawaiian Electric grids

By The Maui News

Hawaiian Electric has hit a milestone with more than 1,000 megawatts of solar on its grids as of Dec. 31, including 140 MW in Maui County, the company announced Thursday.


‘We Can’t Just Talk About It Anymore’: Hawaii’s Legislature Will Take On Climate Change

By Cassie Ordonio Photo: Cory Lum , Civil Beat

Hawaii became the first state to declare a climate emergency last year. This year, the Legislature will be called on to come up with concrete initiatives to tackle the problem.


Climate change plays factor in less humpback whale sightings in Hawaii, scientists find

By Mindy Pennybacker Photo: Courtsey Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary , NOAA

As Hawaii’s 2021-2022 humpback whale season gets underway, scientists say they hope to see population numbers continue to recover after an estimated 50% plunge in 2015-2016….


List names 2 Hawaii species ‘imperiled’ by climate change

By Mark Ladao Photo: Greg Koob , US Fish and Wildlife Services

Two nearly extinct species endemic to Hawaii — one a bird and the other a plant — made the Endangered Species Coalition’s top 10 list of U.S. species “already imperiled by climate change.


UH research: Hawaii could see more extreme weather as climate change worsens

By Samie Solina

Rising tides, more frequent fires, and extreme rainfall. Those are some of the predictions University of Hawaii scientists have as climate change worsens.


Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill

By Claire Caulfleld Photo: Ku'u Kauanoe , Civil Beat

In late 2010 and early 2011, heavy rains caused a Leeward reservoir to overflow above Oahu’s only municipal landfill, Waimanalo Gulch.