Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Transparency vs. Something Else

By Henry Curtis

Imagine having ratepayers finance a utility program that the HECO Companies use to thwart community involvement.

HECO PDFs documents so they can't be searched or copied. When you try to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) you get numerous errors. One letter becomes two different letters, two letters become a single different letter. Spaces and symbols appear in the middle of words.

In 2008 HECO and the State signed the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) Energy Agreement.

This cornerstone document guiding state energy policy is now available for the very first time as a searchable  document that can be copied. It is located on the Life of the Land website.

The document contains numerous references to streamlining, giving the utility more power, strengthening the utility's financial picture, as well as inter-island cables, biofuels, Smart Grids and other energy issues.

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