Since 2009, customers of the Hawaiian Electric companies have been charged a Public Benefits Fee. Calculated as a percentage of usage, the fee pays a contractor to the state Public Utilities Commission who manages a program that is intended to push the state onto the path of renewable energy and conservation in a more aggressive manner than the utilities themselves might do. Since its inception, the program, called Hawai`i Energy, has been run by Leidos Engineering (formerly known as SAIC), and, among other things, it subsidizes the purchase of solar water heaters, gives out compact fluorescent light bulbs . . .
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