Hybrid and electric vehicle sales in Hawaii have hit a record high this year, trending in the same positive direction as the market’s overall growth.
A new analysis by Edmunds.com of Polk’s new car registration data found that Hawaii ranked 10th in the nation for electric vehicle registrations, with 2.9 percent of all new electric vehicles sold to date this year in the United States registered in Hawaii.
That rate was nearly eight times the state’s share of all new car registrations, Edmunds.com said in a statement.
As PBN reported last week, new vehicle registrations in Hawaii are on the rise. In the first nine months of this year, Hawaii’s market saw a 22.3 percent increase, surpassing the nation’s 13 percent increase in new-vehicle registrations, according to a report from the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association.
Of that growth, there were 2,061 hybrid and electric vehicle registrations as of September, already exceeding the record-high sales of 1,749 hybrids and electrics in 2006.
That all-time high was somewhat predictable since Hawaii has been gaining popularity as an ideal market for hybrid and electric models. PBN reported in February that the state’s short driving distances, warm weather and high gas prices create a perfect market for the battery-dependent vehicles – which do better in a warm climate.
In that article, Dave Rolf, executive director of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, gave an analogy summing up the market’s relationship: “Hawaii is to the electric car what Napa is to the grape.”
Based on those positive trends, the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association is anticipating consecutive increases. But, the report also predicted that market growth will slow down for the next several years due to “sluggish economic growth,” among other reasons.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
Chances look very slim that the $20 million, 2.7-megawatt wave-energy system to be built by Oceanlinx Ltd. off Maui will ever happen.
An official with the Australian-based company told PBN in an email that, “as time has passed, it has become clear that the local utility company [Maui Electric Co.] cannot or is not in a position to deliver their promises to Oceanlinx.”
Amani Shariff of Oceanlinx also pointed out that while it is a disappointment, the company is still keen to pursue another opportunity in Hawaii, which will demonstrate its wave-energy technology.
The project, which was announced in 2008 and was planned to be operational a year later, was delayed until mid-2014.
State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-Kailua-Kaneohe Bay, a wave-energy advocate, previously told PBN that the project’s main obstacle is financing construction of the cable linking the device to the shore.
Shariff says that Oceanlinx has spent a significant amount of time and money for the development of the wave-energy system.
“Despite the setbacks, we have currently encountered, we are still in discussions with stakeholders in Hawaii and will try our utmost to demonstrate our capabilities in that region,” Shariff said.
In response, Darren Pai, a spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) subsidiary Maui Electric Co., told PBN in an email that the utility remains very interested in negotiating a power purchase agreement with Oceanlinx, since wave energy would be a welcome addition to its renewable energy portfolio.
“Any agreement must have long-term benefits and be cost effective for MECO customers,” he said. “We look forward to meeting with Oceanlinx and resuming discussions to address these issues.”
Wave energy has yet to be commercialized in Hawaii.
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy showed that it has the potential to provide the state with up to 130 terawatt hours of electricity per year, more than 10 times Hawaii’s current needs.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
Final preparations began Monday in Lahaina as County workers installed temporary lighting in areas around Front Street where suspicious activity could take place tonight. Additional non-uniformed police officers will be patrolling the expected throngs tonight as Halloween On Front Street 2012 takes over the ancient capitol of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
For last minute reference, here is a list of scheduled events.
And here is parking and transportation information. Maui Police say any vehicles left along closed roads will be towed and stored at the expense of the owners.
HONOLULU — Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, has appointed a 10-member judging panel for its statewide “Paint the Plane” contest. The contest invites school-aged children in Hawaii to create artwork honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State that may adorn a Boeing 737-800.
The 10-member panel, comprised of Hawaii government, business, arts, education, tourism and community members, will select the top three designs as well as honorable mentions. Hawaii residents will then vote on the top three designs and provide Alaska Airlines with their recommendation in an online public vote slated for Dec. 11-18.
“Some incredible designs are already coming in and I know judging these entries will be a challenging and difficult task,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’
vice president of marketing. “We’re pleased to involve such an esteemed group of Hawaii community members, representing a broad cross-section of the Islands, in this process. Their varied background and experiences will assist us in selecting the designs that best capture the ‘Spirit of the Islands’ and we look forward to working with the panel on this very unique and exciting opportunity for Hawaii’s keiki.”
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from public, private and home schools in Hawaii have until Nov. 30 to submit designs for the judges’
consideration. The plane is scheduled to be revealed at a public event in Hawaii in the spring of 2013.
Spirit of the Islands “Paint the Plane” contest judges:
The student with the winning submission will get his or her design painted on an Alaska Airlines aircraft, a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship. Second- and third-place winners will receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination, and 12 honorable mentions will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each, except for the grade of the grand prize winner.
Complete contest details and judges’ biographies are available at [ http://www.alaskaair.com/hawaii ]www.alaskaair.com/hawaii, as well as contest rules, instructions, and entry forms required to participate. Randomly selected design entries are also on display under the “Art Gallery” tab.
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com.
Maui TV News received the following email from former Maui County Communications Co-director Lois Bisquera, whose daughter was about to perform with the Baldwin High School marching band Saturday night when the tsunami warning was issued. She, and others have worked to reschedule that performance and are asking for the community to come out and watch:
“My older daughter Christiana Bisquera is a Senior at Baldwin High School, and this is her 4th and last marching season with the Baldwin Band.
“As you may be aware, Baldwin’s Homecoming Game was interrupted at halftime due to the tsunami warning- juuuust as the marching band was ready to enter the field to present their Halftime Show!
“The previously-scheduled marching exhibition by four of Maui’s high school marching bands suddenly became the Bears’ ONLY opportunity to present the show they worked so diligently on, for so many weeks!
“Please come help cheer for this year’s Seniors, and for all the awesome and hard-working student musicians from Baldwin, Maui High, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna!
Here’s the scoop:
High School Marching Exhibition
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 6-8 P.M.
War Memorial Stadium
“Please bring your family, friends and neighbors for this exciting exhibition, and help spread the word by making a Facebook post or by forwarding this email.
Mahalo, and see you there– let’s fill the stadium!”
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– The County of Maui Solid Waste Division announced a route was missed in the Kula service area today due to manpower shortage.
KULALANI CR AND DR
L. KIMO DR
L. KULA RD
AND ALL SURROUNDING STREETS.
The Department apologizes for the inconvenience and will be picking-up the route on Wednesday October 31, 2012.
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