Court Rebukes PUC Over Approval Of Rate Hike Tied to Liquefied Natural Gas

posted in: Climate Change, Energy, July 2020 | 0

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has issued a ruling that makes clear what it thinks of the Public Utilities Commission’s effort to push the companies it regulates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

And that is: Not much.

In a decision issued June 9, the four justices who heard the case found unanimously in favor of the two groups who had appealed a PUC decision allowing The Gas Company, LLC, to raise its rates. The rate increase was needed, the company said, to allow it to recoup costs associated with construction of infrastructure required to . . .

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