Will the Lights Go Out At GEMS?

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NEWS FLASH: We’ve posted an update to our GEMS articles, reflecting the close of the legislative session. Check out the EH-xtra item below to read the latest.

For a program that has been charged with such an important task as democratizing rooftop photovoltaic and other energy efficiency technologies, the Hawai`i Green Infrastructure Authority has largely operated in the dark.

As our cover story reveals, a bill that made it to conference committee in this year’s Legislature would have allowed even that little bit of light to grow dimmer by removing Public Utilities Commission oversight over the HGIA and its Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) fund.

That bill did not make it over the finish line, but another that would allow the Department of Education to borrow a third of the entire GEMS fund, with no interest payments, was set for passage on the final day of the session.

Also in this issue, we cover a recent Hawai`i Supreme Court hearing on a case involving the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ aquarium fish collection permits, a mediated agreement regarding stream diversions in West Kaua`i, and report on the status of the DLNR’s effort to condemn land in Ma`alaea, as well as some of the Land Board’s recent actions.

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New EIS To Be Prepared for Longline Fishery

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The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced its intention to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Hawai`i- and American Samoa-based deep-set longline tuna fishery and will be holding a series of public... READ MORE

Excerpts from Questioning Of Witnesses for the TMT

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  On Gravitational Waves and GPS  On October 27, Brannon Kamahana Kealoha cross-examined Günter Hasinger, director of the University of Hawai`i’s Institute for Astronomy, for nearly two hours, covering a vast range of... READ MORE