Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL | December 4th, 2014
First at 6:30, new insight on the future of Hawaiian Electric under the ownership of Nextera. Despite some criticism of the deal, industry experts say the acquisition could benefit Hawaii’s customers. Tim Sakahara has our top story. nextera energy is a $15 billion company and one of the largest clean energy companies in the country it has deep pockets.
REVOLUSUN’S Colin Yost: “nextera will have qualified technicians, engineers and folks who will be able to solve problems probably faster than heco can solve problems. Hawaiian electric makes energy by burning oil which is not the way of the future next era would have the capability to modernize that system but what does that mean for customers?
University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Natural Energy Institute’s Leon Roose: “Customers will ultimately get benefits in the form of their ability to manage their electric bill more effectively. Which is a key thing. We all pay a lot of money for electricity. Then there are the concerns over solar of 4.7 Million nextera customers in Florida only a few thousand have solar systems but some say you shouldn’t read too much into that floridians pay much less for electricity so there isn’t as much need to go PHOTOVOLTAIC .
Yost: “from an economic standpoint solar makes much more sense in Hawaii than it does in Florida right now. As for heco’s recently announced plans to sign more people up for solar that’s still supposed to happen. Yost: “I got a call this morning from one of heco’s executives and they assured me nothing is changing in terms of the plans heco has put forth for clearing the backlog of solar approvals. How the deal shakes out will depend on the state’s public utilities commission which has the power to ensure Hawaii customers have a brighter future.
Read more online at Hawaii News Now