Monthly Archives: January 2011

Unemployment Data and Visitor Numbers

Unemployment Data DBEDT announced January 7 that Maui’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 8.1% (down by almost 1% from Nov 2009). State unemployment is 6.5% (Oahu: 5.4%, Kauai 8.7%, Big Island 9.7%). Source: Pacific Business News Visitor Numbers December … Continue reading

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Public Scoping Meetings Regarding the Hawai‘i Interisland Renewable Energy Program

Public Comment Sought for Renewable Energy Program The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) will host public meetings on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and O‘ahu to receive comments on the scope of the … Continue reading

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Kuokoa Attempts to Buy Hawaiian Electric Industries

Ted Peck, former State Energy administrator (DBEDT), and advocate of renewable energy, is one of partners of Kuokoa Inc., an eco-friendly company formed to purchase all the shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), the parent company of MECO and the … Continue reading

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New County Energy Commissioner

Mayor Alan Arakawa has appointed Douglas “Doug” P. McLeod as County Energy Commissioner (replacing Victor Reyes). The Energy Commissioner is based in the Office of Economic Development in the Office of the Mayor. McLeod is an advocate of “green” principles, … Continue reading

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Big Wind on Lanai

Last week, HECO (Hawaiian Electric Co.) and Castle & Cooke reached an agreement on electricity pricing and a community benefits package relating to future installation of a 200 MW wind farm on Lanai that will supply Oahu via undersea cable. … Continue reading

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