HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Electric Companies today proposed a Community-Based Renewable Energy program and tariff to the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission that would allow customers who cannot or chose not to take advantage of rooftop solar to receive the benefits of renewable energy to help offset their monthly electric bills and support clean energy for Hawai‘i.
Their proposal comes late in the eleventh hour of a deadline to propose such a program under Act 100 of the 2015 Legislature. The proposal does not address the earlier “grid limit saturation” problem HEI claimed would overload infrastructure by applying alternative energy to the islands’ wiring systems.
Until now, only customers who own a suitably sized and located residential or commercial roof have been able to take advantage of distributed solar generation. More than 40 percent of Hawai’i households rent their homes and 37 percent live in multi-unit dwellings making it difficult or impossible for them to benefit from rooftop solar. If approved, this program will allow Hawai’i residents and Hawai’i based businesses and organizations with an electric utility account to receive the benefits of renewable energy.
At present, individually owned rooftop solar systems comprise almost all customer based renewable energy. This program is designed to allow a variety of sizes and kinds of projects — including wind — to give customers and developers many ways to participate. Projects will be considered in different-sized tiers to allow both small and large community renewable projects to participate. If the proposed program is accepted, the first small solar projects under one megawatt will be qualified on a “first-ready” basis. Community-based solar projects greater than one megawatt or community-based wind projects will be selected through a competitive process. This is intended to provide fairness and ensure the lowest cost of electricity for all customers and the lowest upfront and ongoing costs for community-based renewable participants.
In asking the PUC to approve the program, the Hawaiian Electric Companies hope to start with selection of developers for new community-based renewable energy projects in 2016. Only after projects are selected, approved and built will customers have the opportunity to participate. The community renewable energy program will be available on all islands the Hawaiian Electric Companies serve, once developers undertake community projects on those islands. “Expanding options is part of our efforts to deliver value for our customers,” said Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric vice president for corporate planning and business development. “Encouraging more customer participation in renewable energy supports our vision to integrate more low-cost renewables that benefit all of our customers and to lower customer bills by 20 percent by 2030 as we work to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.”
The program, once approved, will allow customers to buy an interest in electricity generated by community renewable projects in diverse locations on their home islands without installing anything on their own roofs or property. These community-based projects will be able to provide cost-effective renewable energy for all customers and help support their island grid to deliver reliable service. The goal is that all customers share in the benefits of low-cost power while not placing an undue cost burden on those who do not participate. As proposed:
The Hawaiian Electric Companies developed the proposal in collaboration with the stakeholders from the renewable energy industry; environment advocacy organizations; the Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; and organizations representing customers who may benefit from such a program.
A series of meetings and other exchanges provided an opportunity for suggestions and questions and while agreement was not reached on all issues, the dialogue did contribute to changes and compromises to the proposal the Hawaiian Electric Companies are submitting today.
The filing complies with Act 100 called for filing of a community-based renewable energy tariff by yesterday, October 1, that was passed in the last legislative session and signed into law by Governor David Ige.
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(ON CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS – PLUS – A SIGNIFICANT TRAFFIC HEADACHE COULD BE BREWING IN KIEHI…BUT IT’S NOT LIKE MOTORISTS HAVEN;’T BEEN WARNED. AND…GAMBLING? AT THE AIRPORT? COULD HAPPEN. IN SPORTS – IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN SOCCER MOMS – AND DADS – ARE ALL OVER THE ISLAND. YOU KNOW WHY. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN VISITED THE ANNUAL SCHAEFER PORTRAIT CHALLENGE AT THE MACC…AND SAYS SOME PIECES DEFY BELIEF. ONE OF THE BEST EVER. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, RUNNING FOR THE WHALES…WATCHING THE WHALES…CELEBRATING THE WHALES…AND JAMMIN AT THE CORRON CLUB. ALL THAT – AND MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS – MAUI’S EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY ONLINE AND TELEVISION N EWSCAST – DEVOTING COVERAGE TO STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY – AND WE’RE IN HIGH DEFINITION, BOTH ONLINE AND ON TV. I’M JEFF KING. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
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J: PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY. WE’VE BEEN COVERING THE TOPIC ON MAUI SINCE Y-2-K. YES, THAT LONG…AND IT’S BEEN AROUND EVEN LONGER. NOW THE TREND HAS SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE. THERE ARE 10 TIMES MORE PV-POWERED HOMES IN HAWAII THAN THERE ARE IN FLORIDA. BUT THE PATH HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT SMOOTH. NOW – HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC, THE PARENT POWER COMPANY FOR THE STATE – EXCEPT KAUAI – IS PROPOSING A NEW PROGRAM. ONE THAT SOUNDS A LITTLE LIKE “LET’S MAKE A DEAL.”
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(ON-CAM) WE’VE ALSO FOLLOWED THE PROGRESS AND GROWTH OF PERENNIAL STALWART HALEAKALA SOLAR FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IN THE INTEREST OF DISCLOSURE – YES – HALEAKALA SOLAR IS A SPONSOR OF MAUI TV NEWS – BUT IT’S BECAUSE OF THE INSIGHTS WE HAVE ALL GAINED BY LISTENING TO SOLAR PIONEER JIM WHITCOMB OVER THE YEARS THAT – WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THE HECO PROPOSAL POS UP, WE GET HIS TAKE.
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(ON-CAM) IT WAS A FASCINATING CONVERSATION AND THERE’S LOTS MORE OF IT. FOR THE EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH HALEAKALA SOLAR’S JIM WHITCOMB, GOT TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK’S STORIES.
J: HAIRY. SICK. AWESOME.TERRIFYING. MACKIN.’ INSANE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THOSE ARE ALL POSITIVE TERMS…BUT FOR ABOUT A DOZEN SURFERS, FOR A FEW MINUTES OFF PEAHI ON MAUI’S NORTH SHORE THIS WEEK…THERE WAS NOTHING POSITIVE. AMAZING VIDEO – CAPTURED BY MAUI VIDEOGRAPHER AND ROUGH SURF WATERMAN GIORA KOREN. HERE’S 35 SECONDS OF AWESOME…THIRTY-FIVE SECONDS OF TERROR.
(CON’T VO) WATCHING IT AGAIN…YOU SEE HOW PHYSICS AND HYDRO-DYNAMICS ARE NOT ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND. I’M SURE SOME WATCHING ARE THINKING, “OH MAN I WISH I WAS THERE.” NOT ME…IF I WAS OUT THERE ON THAT DAY AT THAT MOMENT…THE ONLY ONE I WOULD WANT TO BE ME…IS THIS GUY (ARROW)
(CON’T VO-FF-CG) THESE IMAGES OF THE MONSTER SWELL OF 20-15 WERE CAPTURED BY JOHN PATAO – ANOTHER AMAZING MAUI PHOTOGRAPHER WHO – OBVIOUSLY – OFTEN GETS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT TO GET IMAGES LIKE THESE. THE HUGE WAVES WERE BIG ENOUGH TO GREEN-LIGHT THE ANNUAL “PEAHI CHALLENGE.” THAT WAS MONDAY. BY TUESDAY THE EVENT HAD BEEN CALLED OFF. AS THESE PICTURES ATTEST, IT WASN’T DUE TO WAVE SIZE.
(ON-CAM) NO. IN FACT, EVENT ORGANIZERS USED SATELLITE IMAGERY AND CALCULUS TO DETERMINE THE SWELL HAD TOO MUCH OF A WESTERLY COMPONENT MEANING THAT – MAUI WAS IN THE SHADOW – LITERALLY, KAUA’I AND O’AHU GOT IN THE WAY OF WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AN EVEN MORE “EPIC” WEEK.
J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IF YOU DRIVE IN SOUTH MAUI – AS THOUSANDS DO EVERY DAY – THOSE ROAD CLOSURE SIGNS READY TO GO UP IN KIHEI MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE CONFUSING. THEY CONFUSED ME. SO WE CALLED PUBLIC WORKS, AND WE’LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY TOLD US. AND, GAMBLING ON MAUI? IT COULD HAPPEN IF A BIG ISLAND LAWMAKER GETS HER WAY. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS. KIHEI IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE. ON TOP OF THAT, COMMUTER TRAFFIC THROUGH KIHEI BY THE HUNDREDS OF SERVICE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK AT WAILEA RESORTS ADDS A FEW THOUSAND MILES OF WEAR ON THE ROADS EVERY DAY. WELL NEXT WEEK…FOR FOUR DAYS…A CHUNK OF A MAIN ARTERY WILL BE CLOSED.
(VO) THE SIGNS FACING NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC HAVE LEFT A LITTLE BIT OUT. OK, KULANI-HAKOI STREET WILL BE CLOSED? OR IS IT SOUTH KIHEI ROAD THAT WILL BE CLOSED? THEN, SOUTHGBOUND TRAFFIC HAVE BEEN GREETED BY A GROWING PILE OF SIGNS AND CONES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE CLOSURE – BUT – STILL THEY DON’T MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT WILL BE CLOSED AND FOR HOW LONG.
(ON-CAM) WELL, IT TOOK THREE PHONE CALLS AND SEVEN TRANSFERS – BUT WE GOT THE SCOOP. BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH SOUTH KIHEI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED 24/7 BETWEEN KULANIHAKOI STREET AND KA ONO ULU STREET. A DETOUR WILL ROUTE MOTORISTS AROUND THE CLOSURE – BUT THAT MEANS SLOWDOWNS SO IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO AVOID THAT STRETCH OF ROAD UNTIL AROUND 3-30 P.M. NEXT FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH. THAT IS – UNLESS YOU CAN’T AVOID THAT SECTION OF ROAD. THERE ARE THREE RESORTS INSIDE THE CLOSED SECTION AND ONLY SO-CALLED “LOCAL” TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED. POLICE POINT OUT THAT “LOCAL” DOESN’T MEAN JUST BECAUSE YOU LIVE MAUI YOU GET TO CUT THROUGH. NO, LOCAL MEANS YOU MUST HAVE A VERY GOOD REASON FOR DRIVING IN THE CLOSED ARE…LIKE LIVING OR WORKING THERE. AND POLICE MAY ASK YOU TO PROVE IT.
J: THE HAWAII LEGISLATURE BEGAN THEIR 20-15 SESSION THIS WEEK IN HONOLULU. AND – ONCE AGAIN – AS IT SEEMS TO EVERY YEAR – SOME FORM OF GAMBLING IS BEING CONSIDERED BY LAWMAKERS. A STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE BIG ISLAND HAS INTRODUCED HOUSE BILL 91 – RELATING TO AMUSEMENT CONCESSIONS.
(FF-CG-VO) REPRESENTATIVE CINDY EVANS, FROM THE KOHALA DISTRICT OF THE BIG ISLAND, SAYS THERE’S A WAY TO GET THE OBVIOUSLY LARGE PROFITS FROM GAMBLING – USE THEM TO BENEFIT THE STATE’S AIRPORT REVENUE FUND – AND DO ALL THAT WHILE NOT CORRUPTING LOCAL RESIDENTS.
(ON-CAM) HER IDEA: SLOT MACHINES AT THE AIRPORT…AND THE CATCH? THEY CAN ONLY BE USED BY DEPARTING PASSENGERS ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. THE PROPOSED SLOT MACHINES WOULD BE PLACED IN SECURED AREAS OF THE STATE’S FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS. POTENTIAL GAMERS WOULD HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF THEIR TICKET INDICATING THEY ARE LEAVING THE UNITED STATES. MS. EVANS SAID – QUOTE – “THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET MORE OF THE TOURISTS DOLLAR BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE STATE.-UNQUOTE. IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ THE TEXT OF REPRESENTATIVE EVANS’ PROPOSAL AND HB 91, FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK’S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.
J: ALSO THIS WEEK, MAUI REPRESENTATIVE AND HOUSE SPEAKER JOE SOUKI USED THE GAVEL AND PULPIT THIS WEEK TO URGE THE LEGISLATURE TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS IN HAWAII. HAWAII IS ONE OF 23 STATES THAT ALLOW MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA. IN 2000, HAWAII BECAME THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE THE GROWTH, POSSESSION AND USE OF MARIJUANA FOR PRESCRIBED MEDICAL PURPOSES – BUT SINCE THEN HAS NEVER PROVIDED FOR A LEGAL AND PRACTICAL WAY TO ACQUIRE IT. SOUKI SUMMED UP HIS POINT IN A MODICUM OF WORDS, SAYING “Yes, it is legal in Hawaii. But there is no legal access to it. The time has come to fix this contradiction.” HE’S BEHIND A PLAN TO CREATE A STATEWIDE SYSTEM TO DISPENSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
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J: IT’S BEEN THREE MONTHS SINCE THEN-GOVERNOR NEIL ABERCROMBIE SIGNED INTO LAW A NEW SET OF FEES AND PERMITS THAT REQUIRE ALL COMMERCIAL RECREATION OPERATORS TO FOLLOW RULES AND GUIDELINES IF THEY WANT TO KEEP DOING BUSINESS IN STATE SMALL BOAT HARBORS, FACILITIES AND NEAR-SHORE WATERS.
(VO) THIS INCLUDES AMAZING EXPERIENCES LIKE NIGHT-DIVING WITH MANTA RAYS, SNORKEL AND SCUBA EXCURSIONS, KAYAKING…EVEN STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD RENTALS. THE RULES USED TO APPLY TO OPERATORS IN STATE HARBORS. NOW IT APPLIES TO ANYONE MAKING A LIVING IN WATER SPORTS RECREATION.
(ON-CAM) DIVISION OF BOATING AND OCEAN RECREATION ADMINISTRATOR ED UNDERWOOD SAYS IT’S NOT JUST A WAY FOR THE STATE TO MAKE A FEW MORE BUCKS – NOR TO DRIVE OUT MOM AND POP BUSINESS. INSTEAD, HE SAYS, THE NEW LAWS WILL HELP ALLEVIATE OPVERCROWDING AT POPULAR PLACES WHERE LOCAL FAMILIES ARE EDGED OUT OF THE LINEUP BY COMMERCIAL SURF SCHOOLS. THE RULES ARE THE RESULT OF PUBLIC MEETINGS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. UNDERWOOD UNDERSCORED THE FACT THAT DOBOR AND DLNR ENFORCEMENT OFFICRS WILL BE CHECKING. COMPANIES OPERATING WITHOUT PERMITS COULD BE CITED, FINED AND POTENTIALLY HAVE THEIR EQUIPMENT CONFISCATED. WE HAVE ALL THE DETAILS ON THE WHAT AND THE HOW-TO ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM ASND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK’S STORIES.
J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN MULTI-SPORT CARPOOL DRIVES OF MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE ATHLETES GET MORE OF A WORKOUT THAN THEIR KIDS. IN CURTAIN CALL…PAUL JANES-BROWN SAYS THE SCHAEFER PORTRAIT CHALLENGE AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER MAY BE THE BEST HE’S EVER SEEN. . IN COMING ATTRACTIONS -WE’RE ALL ABOUT THOSE WHALES…BUT THERE’S ALSO AMAZING MUSIC AND CULTURAL HISTORY TO TAKE IN ON MAUI AS WELL. THAT’S ALL AHEAD WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS. CHECKING SPORTS – WE WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT AND A BIG E HO’OMAIKA’I TO THE LADY LUNAS. THEY MADE HISTORY LAST SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER BY WINNING THEIR 100TH CONSECUTIVE VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME! WOW. MEANWHILE – FOR MOMS AND DAD OF MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES, THIS IS THE BIG SPRINT. CURRENTLY IN THE M-I-L, SEASONS ARE UNDERWAY IN BASKETBALL, SWIMMING AND DIVING, WRESTLING, PADDLING, SOCCER AND COMING SOON, TENNIS AND BOWLING. IF YOU’RE THE DESIGNATED DRIVER OF AN ATHLETICALLY DIVERSE FAMILY, MAY GOD’S PEACE BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.
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J: THE TRIENNIAL SCHAEFER PORTRAIT CHALLENGE OPENED LAST WEEK AT THE SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF THE MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER. PAUL JANES-BROWN WAS THERE AND HAS THIS REVIEW FOR CURTAIN CALL.
PJB: THE SCHAEFER PORTRAIT CHALLENGE?S $15,000 TOP PRIZE IS THE HIGHEST CASH PRIZE FOR A JURIED ART SHOW IN AMERICA, MAYBE THE WORLD. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY, AS HAPPENED IN THE FOURTH CHALLENGE IN THE 2012 SHOW, FOR ONE ARTIST TO GET BOTH THE $15,000 JUROR?S CHOICE AWARD AND THE $5,000 MARION FREEMAN PEOPLE?S CHOICE AWARD SPONSORED BY GAGE SHUBERT AND IT IS ONLY OPEN TO PERMANENT YEAR ROUND RESIDENTS.
THE PROCESS OF JURYING THE SHOW IS EXTRAORDINARY AS WELL. INSTEAD OF SENDING WORK INTO A CENTRAL LOCATION
THE JUROR?S WENT TO EVERY ISLAND TO RECEIVE AND JUDGE WORK. THE JURORS WERE SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE STATE AS WELL. THEY INCLUDED REKNOWNED OAHU SCULPTOR ESTHER SHIMIZU, BIG ISLAND BOARD SHAPER , TATOO ARTIST AND CULTURAL PRACTITIONER, KEITH TALLETT AND MAUI?S OWN SUPER STAR PAINTER SYDNEY YEE, WHOSE WORK WAS CHOSEN AS THE IMAGE FOR ART MAUI 2015. THE JURORS SELECTED 66 PIECES, WHICH WERE OVERWHELMINGLY TWO DIMENSIONAL. ONLY 9 WERE THREE DIMENSIONAL. TWO ARTISTS, CHRIS CAMPBELL AND ROGER B. STEPHENS HAD TWO WORKS SELECTED.
THE TOP PRIZE WAS AWARDED TO ALLYN BROMLEY, FOR HER PORTRAIT OF RICHARD A SCREEN PRINT DRAWING. SEEMS TO HAVE WON THE PRIZE BECAUSE OF THE JUROR?S APPRECIATION OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROCESS TO CREATE THE WORK, THE EXCELLENCE OF THE RESULT AND THE EPHEMERAL ALMOST SPIRITUAL QUALITY OF THE SUBJECT. ALSO, THE ARTIST, ALLYN BROMLEY IS A LIVING LEGEND IN THE HAWAII ART WORLD.
THE WORKS CAN BE GROUPED INTO CLASSICAL PORTRAITURE AS REPRESENTED BY ARTISTS SUCH AS DAVID WILLIAM TERRY, WILLIAM ZWICK AND DEB LYNCH. THEN THERE ARE THE PHOTO REALISTS, WHO HAVE TAKEN PORTRAITURE TO ANOTHER LEVEL AMONG THEM IS KIRK KURAKOWA, WHO I IN THE PASSED LIKENED TO ANDREW WEYETH FOR THE MYSTERY HE DEMONSTRATED IN WHAT WERE, ON THE SURFACE, MUNDANE IMAGES. WITH THIS WORK, WHICH IS A PORTRAIT OF HIS FAMILY AND A SELF PORTRAIT, MR. KURAKOWA HAS CLAIMED THE TITLE OF THE NORMAN ROCKWELL OF THE PACIFIC. IN ME AND MY HOMIES YOU CAN ALMOST SEE IT ON THE COVER OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST. THE BOOKEND DOGS, ONE WHO CANNOT WAIT TO GO AND THE OTHER WHO ISN?T AS ENTHUSIASTIC, THE BOY IN THE RED BOOTS IS SO EXCITED TO GET TO THE BEACH, MRS. KURAKOWA FASHIONABLY ATTIRED IN WHITE , THE LITTLE GIRL HAPPILY KICKING THE BEACH BALL AND THEN MR KURAKOWA LADEN WITH AND DETERMINED TO FACE, ANY AND EVERY POSSIBILITY.
THE WINNER OF THE PEOPLE?S CHOICE AWARD IN THE THIRD PORTRAIT CHALLENGE, NOBLE RICHARDSON IS BACK AND BY INCLUDING THREE SELF PORTRAITS DEMONSTRATING HIS PERSONAL GROWTH FROM GANGBANGER TO RESPONSIBLE ADULT, THIS REMBRANDTESQUE, LARGER THAN LIFE PAINTING MAKES A POWERFUL STATEMENT.
ALSO IN THIS CATEGORY IS GINI LAWSON?S SELF PORTRAIT, WITH OXYGEN. IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A PORTRAIT. THE VIEWER LOOKS AT HER AS IF AT THE HEAD OF HER BED EXCEPT THERE IS NO BED. CLOTHED IN A HOSPITAL GOWN SHE SEEMS TO FLOAT IN NOTHING SPACE. THE SAND ANGEL, WE CAN ONLY ASSUME IT?S SAND BECAUSE OF IT?S COLOR, HEIGHTENS THE FEELING OF HER BEING SUSPENDED BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. HER OUTSTRETCHED ARMS ARE REMINSCENT OF THE SURRENDER ENSHRINED IN THE IMAGES OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS. MS LAWSON HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE UNFORGETTABLE IMAGES.
THEN THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE EXPRESSIONISTIC AND IMPRESSIONISTIC IMAGES. CASEY MCLAIN IS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WHO EARNS HIS LIVING BEING AN ACCOUNTANT. HE?S KIND OF LIKE THE WALLACE STEVENS OF VISUAL ART. HE HAS A KEEN EYE AND DIFFUSE IS A MARVELOUS IMPRESSIONISTIC MOMENT. HIS WIFE IS THOUROUGHLY ENGAGED IN SEARCHING THE PAPER AS THE MORNING LIGHT POURS IN. IT IS A HIGHLY ENGAGING IMAGE AND I FOUND , DESPITE IT?S REALATIVELY SMALL SIZE 12X11 IT GRABBED ME AND DEMANDED MY ATTENTION. ALBERT MATICHEV?S DAYBREAK IS AN EXPRESSIONISTIC WORK THAT DRIPS LIKE A CANDLE OR AN ACID HALLUCINATION. IT IS THOROUGHLY UNIQUE. ROBERT LOBER?S COLORED PENCIL WORK IROBERT IS REMINISCENT OF CHUCK CLOSE?S PORTRAITURE ONLY MR. CLOSE DOES ROUND PIXELS AND MR. LOBER DOES SQUARE ONES, BUT THE IMPACT AND EFFECT ARE SIMILAR. THEN THERE IS MICHAEL TAKEMOTO?S DECONTRUCTED SELF PORTRAIT HAH?! WHICH DEMONSTRATES THE THREE I?S OF WABI SABI, IMPERFECT, INCOMPLETE AND IMPERMANENT.
IN SCULPTURE, CHRISTINE TURNBULL?S OLD HAT IS A CERAMIC THAT LOOKS LIKE WOOD. YOU ALMOST EXPECT TO TALK TO NONAGENARIAN SAMMY, THE UNOFFICIAL MAYOR OF LAHAINA, IT IS HYPER REALISTIC. IT?S AS IF ONE HAD 20/5 VISION. DARRELL ORWIG?S FROM CHAUVET TO STYRO IS A WORK CELEBRATING HIS LOVE FOR HORSES AS WELL AS PUTS HIM BACK IN THE GALLERY THAT HE DIRECTED FOR SO MANY YEARS. MADE OF STYROFOAM, IT APPEARS MUCH STURDIER THAN IT IS.
ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING WORKS IN THIS SHOW IS THE BIG ISLAND?S JOE OKONEK?S BEATIFIC CHARCOAL, CONTE AND PASTEL PORTRAIT OF JIMMY. THE STATEMENT REINFORCES WHAT ONE SEES; A HOLY MAN, WHO IS FULLY PRESENT AND GLOWING.
WITH A TOTAL OF 66 WORKS, IT WOULD TAKE MUCH MORE SPACE THAN I AM ALLOTED TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THEM. BE SURE TO GET TO THE SCHAEFFER INTERNATIONAL GALLEY BEFORE MARCH 22 OR YOU?LL HAVE TO GO TO OAHU TO SEE IT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE SCHAEFER PORTRAIT CHALLENGE WILL BE ON EXHIBIT AT THE HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART?S FIRST HAWAIIAN BACK CENTER FROM JUNE 10 TO SEPTEMBER 22. TUESDAY – SUNDAY 10AM – 5 PM FREE ADMISSION! DON?T MISS IT!
THAT?S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I?M PAUL JANES-BROWN, A HUI HOU, NEXT WEEK I?LL HAVE A REVIEW OF THE HUI NO?EAU?S JURIED MEMBERS SHOW. STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUITVNEWS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES!
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS – A CHECK OF SOME OF THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON MAUI.
THEY ARE THREE OF HAWAII’S MOST STELLAR MUSICIANS, SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS. AND THEY’RE COMING TOGETHER FOR YOU NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 30TH FOR ONE SHOW AT THE CASTLE THEATER. HENRY KAPONO, JOHN CRUZ AND BROTHER NOLAND HAVE COLLABORATED THEIR AMAZING TALENT INTO A NEW GROUP CALLED “THE ROUGH RIDERS.” IMAGINE THE BLENDING OF THESE TALENTS AS – TOGETHER – THEY RECREATE HITS THAT MADE THEM STARS INDIVIDUALLY – HITS LIKE “FRIENDS,” “COCONUT GRILL” AND “ISLAND STYLE.” YEAH. IT WILL BE THAT GOOD. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM 12 TO 55 DOLLARS.
WE’RE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM THE ANNUAL “RUN AND WALK WITH THE WHALES.” THE EVENTS START AND END AT THE MA’ALAEA HARBOR SHOPS NEXT SATURDAY, JANUARY 31ST. THE ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION FEATURES A 10K, A 5K AND A TWO-POINT-FIVER MILE WALK. IF YOU REGISTER EARLY, YOU’LL SAVE IF YOU REGISTER EARLY, AND YOU HAVE TO REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY. THERE ARE NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATIONS. THE HALF-A-THON STARTS AT 6-30 SATURDAY MORNING AND THE OTHER EVENTS BEGIN AFTER THAT. ARE THERE PRIZES? GLAD YOU ASKED. THE TOP THREE MALE AND FEMALE FINISHERS IN EACH EVENT RECEIVE MEDALS AND WHALE WATCH TICKETS. AND THERE ARE TONS OF DRWAINGS AND PRIZES…PLUS MUSIC FROM MARTY DREAD. AND IT’S ALL TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR THE 35TH ANNUAL WORLD WHALE DAY…THAT’S COMING UP FEBRUARY 14TH.
THEN GO HOME, CLEAN UP AND HEAD BACK OUT AGAIN – TO WAILUKU AND THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER. HOWEVER, THAT NIGHT, THE VENERABLE OLD HALL WILL BE RECREATED AS “THE COTTON CLUB.” SATURDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 31ST, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS OF MAUI ASSOCIATION PRESENT “A NIGHT AT THE COTTON CLUB.” MUSIC, SONG, DANCE – ALL DESIGNED TO REVISIT THE HISTORY OF THE PHENOMENUN KNOWN AS “THE COTTON CLUB.” IT’S ONE NIGHT ONLY. NEXT SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. AT THE IAO THEATER. TICKETS ARE 40 AND 50 DOLLARS. FOR MORE INFO CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM.
OR – FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAT SAME EVENING – IT’S THE ART-MIX MASQUERADE. THIS ANNUAL EVENT HAS EXPLODED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS INTO A WILD, MATURE AND AMAZINGLY CLEVER WAY TO INVOLVE MORE FOLKS IN THE ARTS BY JUST HAVING FUN. IT’S A 21 AND OVER EVENT…AS WELL AS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART. LIVE MUSIC, DJ SETS WITH D-J BOOGIEMEISTER. THE ZANINESS RUNS FROM 7 UNTIL 11 NEXT SATURDAY IN THE YOKOUCHI PAVILLION OF THE MACC. ADMISSION IS AS FREE AS THE FREE SPIRITS YOU’LL ENCOUNTER AT ART-MIXX 2015 – MASQUERADE.
IF YOU ARE AMONG THOSE OF US WHO LOVE THE LOCALS WHO SPEND WINTER HERE, THEN HERE’S A FUN THING TO DO. PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IS CONDUCTING A PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WHALE SEASON. IT’S CALLED “TRAIL OF THE WHALE.” FOUNDATION NATURALISTS ARE STATIONED – ALMOST EVERY DAY – AT KEY POINTS ALONG MAUI’S COAST. THEY SHOW YOU HOW TO SPOT A WHALE, WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND MORE FUN FACTS. THEY’LL ALSO ANSWER ANY QUESTION, TALK ABOUT THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MAUI, THE REEFS, THE FISH, TURTLES AND MORE. THOSE FOUR PLACES, BY THE WAY ARE THE PALI LOOKOUT ON HONOAPI’ILANI HIGHWAY; THE WALIEA MARRIOTT, MARRIOTT’S OCEAN CLUB IN KA’ANAPALI AND ULUA BEACH IN WAILEA. GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THERE YOU’LL FIND ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT “TRAIL OF THE WHALE.”
FOR DETAILS ON EVERYTHING WE’VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND WE’LL BE BACK TO WRAP US THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.
J: THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO MAUI’S MOST-WATCHED NEWS PROGRAM. MAUI TV NEWS, IN HIGH DEFINITION ONLINE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, AND STATEWIDE ON NEWS ON DEMAND ON DIGITAL CABLE CHANNEL 953 – NOW IN HIGH DEFINITION AS WELL. YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND US ON TWITTER AND ON FACEBOOK. AND IF YOU LIKE US PLEASE CLICK LIKE.
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HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing a portfolio of programs to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled generation and relieving stress on the electric grid.
The programs are outlined in the utilities’ Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday.
The plan lays out new and enhanced “demand response” programs for residential, commercial, industrial and water pumping customers. Under the programs, customers receive financial incentives for shifting energy use to certain times of the day or voluntarily allowing the output of certain appliances or equipment to be adjusted if necessary to help maintain reliable service for our island grids.
Traditionally, when demand for electricity fluctuates throughout the day, utilities have focused on meeting that demand by dispatching generating units – that is, adjusting the supply of power. This becomes more challenging as variable renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, continue to increase. The possibility of power outages increases when these resources suddenly stop producing power. Demand response programs allow utilities to adjust demand to help maintain the balance between customer use (demand) and generation (supply).
Further, demand response programs can be a more cost-effective option than using energy storage or oil-fired generation to balance demand and supply.
In addition, by offering lower or higher prices during certain times of the day, some demand response programs encourage customers to shift energy use to specific times, such as when solar and wind systems are producing the most power. This can maximize the use of wind and solar power that might otherwise be wasted.
“Demand response programs are a win-win for our customers and the environment,” said Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric vice president for corporate planning and business development. “With demand response, customers get financial rewards that lower their monthly bills. We reduce the use of more expensive generators to meet electricity needs. And together we can unlock the potential for more low-cost renewable energy.”
In most cases, customers participating in demand response programs agree to allow the utility to adjust the energy use of pre-determined appliances remotely, like residential and commercial hot water heaters or air conditioners. Larger commercial and industrial customers may also include equipment that they will not miss for short periods. A signal sent from the utility to a customer’s electrical equipment or energy management system adjusts the equipment.
To help enroll customers, the Hawaiian Electric Companies plan to work with independent companies that also have experience implementing demand response. This includes coordinating with Hawai‘i Energy, the PUC-appointed public benefits fund administrator that manages energy efficiency programs, including rebates for solar water heating and energy efficient appliances.
The utilities also plan to build on their partnership with Energy Excelerator, a resource provider for clean-energy startups, to enhance the demand response portfolio continuously by using emerging technologies.
Hawaiian Electric currently offers five demand response programs on O‘ahu. Among them is “Energy Scout” which provides 32,000 participating residential and small business customers a credit on their electric bills to allow the utility to turn off their hot water heaters remotely for brief periods. “Fast DR” is a pilot program that pays participating large commercial and industrial customers several thousand dollars in incentives each month to allow the utility to reduce their electricity use briefly when necessary to stabilize the grid.
Subject to review and approval by the PUC, existing programs will be revised and new ones developed and rolled out in 2015 for customers on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island, and later for Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.
The new demand response portfolio complements the use of large-scale energy storage as another way to as another way to support clean energy while maintaining reliable service. Hawaiian Electric recently issued a request for proposals for large-scale energy storage and is
currently reviewing bids.
Kahului – Maui County Energy Commissioner Doug McLeod announced Thursday that Hawaiian Electric Companies—which includes Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light—will be the Title Sponsor of the upcoming conference, “Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.”
The event scheduled for March 26-28 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center comes at a time when Hawaii is experiencing an unprecedented wave of growth in solar and wind generation. Leaders here and across the country will be gathering to talk about the rapidly changing energy landscape and its implications for power utilities, policy makers and consumers. Colton Ching, vice president of energy delivery at Hawaiian Electric, is looking forward to exchanging ideas with leading power and utility experts this year at the Conference.
Conference partners include the Maui Economic Development Board, Hawaiian Electric, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Calling Hawaii “ground zero” for renewable energy development, Ching said the event will be a very valuable forum for some of the brightest minds in the country to meet and seek new ideas. Although Mainland utility operators don’t face the same problems with isolated power grids as utilities are confronted with in the islands, “there are a lot of smart people out there in the industry, and they can bring to the table very good technical ideas, very good regulatory ideas, very good customer ideas that we can benefit from,” he said. Conference attendees should come willing to listen and exchange ideas, Ching said. “We need everyone to come with an open mind,” he said. “Everyone put your biases and beliefs aside and have a very frank and open dialogue about what a utility will be like in the future.
Ching said Hawaii’s unique power grid environment and the challenges it imposes ensure that utilities in the islands will experience operational and technical challenges first with integrating renewable energy. “Because Hawaii will see these issues first, I think Hawaii is the perfect place to have these discussions about what the utility needs to do to integrate high levels of renewable energy and high levels of distributed generation.”
Conference registration costs $395. Organizers are offering limited sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $25,000. To learn more, go to www.hightechmaui.com/energyconference.
(HONOLULU) – The Hawaiian Electric Companies today introduced a new logo that represents the companies’ roots in the islands as well as their commitment to developing a better energy future for Hawai‘i.
“We’re proud of our long history of service to our islands. At the same time, we know we need to continue to change and do better,” said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “We’re working hard to lower bills for our customers, improve our service, and develop more low-cost clean energy. The logo is a symbol of those commitments.”
Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company have initiated ambitious projects to deliver on these commitments. Some of the latest actions include:
In the coming weeks, the companies will be announcing more projects to lower bills, improve service and develop more low-cost renewable energy.
“With oil prices driving up electric bills, we know how tough it is for our customers. Through projects like these, we’re working to bring customers some relief,” Rosenblum said. “This won’t happen overnight, but these are steps to help get us there.”
An estimated 18 percent of the electricity currently used by customers on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island and in Maui County comes from renewable resources, already ahead of the state’s goal of 15 percent by 2015. So far this year, this use of clean energy has saved customers an estimated $243 million by reducing oil use by 1.9 million barrels.
The new logo was developed by respected designer Sig Zane of Hilo and combines traditional Hawaiian design elements with a modern look. Zane worked on the design with his wife, cultural expert Nalani Kanaka‘ole, and their son Kuha‘o. They drew upon Hawaiian Electric’s 122-year history for their inspiration.
“From the very beginning, when King Kalākaua pioneered electricity at ‘Iolani Palace and chartered Hawaiian Electric, the company has played a key role in Hawai‘i’s growth. We wanted to create a design that captures that history and reflects the way the company connects our communities,” Zane said.
More information and a video on the development of the logo can be found at www.hawaiianelectric.com.
The cost of designing and introducing the logo will not be included in customers’ electric rates.
In the coming months, customers will begin to see the logo on company websites, signs, vehicles, uniforms, ID badges, and mailings. To save on costs, the logo will be phased in gradually through the normal course of business. For example, existing inventories of materials will be used up before replacement items that carry the new logo are ordered.
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