On May 20, the state Agribusiness Development Corporation’s board of directors approved a new water user agreement that will require anyone drawing from the agency’s Bott Well Pump Station to pay $0.89 per... READ MORE
The PUC’s Fuelish Decision
Time and again, the Public Utilities Commission has seemingly thumbed its nose at the law requiring it to consider the impact its regulated industries have on greenhouse gas emissions when deciding to approve power purchase agreements and rate hikes.
And now, time and again, the Supreme Court is knocking back those decisions. The most recent case involves the PUC’s approval of The Gas Company’s rate hike request that would let it recover costs associated with infrastructure allowing imports of liquefied natural gas, among other things.
This remand, the subject of our cover piece, comes in addition to another one, involving the power purchase agreement between Hawaiian Electric and Hu Honua. An update to that one is reported on our New & Noteworthy page.