Editorial: State must abide by solar mandate

EDITORIAL| OUR VIEW February 19, 2019 Updated February 19, 2019 12:27am Eleven years ago, when Hawaii became the first state in the nation to require installation of solar water heating systems in new single-family homes, the mandate to increase tapping one of the state’s most abundant renewable energy sources and thereby reduce dependence on imported oil was … Read more

BIG WIN in climate change fight in Hawaiʻi

Yesterday in a big victory for Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals, the Environmental Court ruled that the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism was wrong to grant nearly all requests for variances from the Solar Water Heater Mandate. By issuing thousands of variances, the agency has reinforced Hawaiʻi’s reliance on fossil fuels—to our collective … Read more

Climate change: Redraw policies to adapt

By Victoria Keener   |  December 2, 2018  |  Updated December 1, 2018 7:02pm EDITORIAL| INSIGHT| ISLAND VOICES As authors of the chapter covering Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands in the “Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment,” which was released by the federal government on Black Friday, my colleagues and I encountered a dire picture of climate impacts … Read more