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The Hilo Geothermal Industrial Park (January 24, 2012)

What if the billions of dollars being planned for the inter-island cable went immediately into expanding geothermal generation, building a Hilo Industrial Park, building a Hilo Innovation Center (similar to the Manoa Business Incubator), and building a Hilo Energy Lab (similar to NELHA)? Tax credits could be used to spur job growth and innovation. Job creation would be immediate and lasting.

What's The Beef? (December 8, 2011) 
The national media focused on the World Trade Organization’s rejection of U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws. The truth is a little more complicated.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) returns to Honolulu (December 8, 2011)

Worrying About Green Energy (December 2, 2011)
The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has selected OTEC International LLC to build a 1 megawatt (MW) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) generator. So why am I worried.


Flip-Flop (November 21, 2011)
Representative Neil Abercrombie generally opposed U.S. free trade agreements: Peru (2007), Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) (2005), Australia (2004), and Singapore (2003). Governor Neil Abercrombie sees no down side to APEC.


Where are the voices of passion and justice? (November 17, 2011)
The financial meltdown was caused by the recklessness of large banks. The taxpayers bailed out the banks, saved them from financial ruin. These banks terminated millions of credit cards, used taxpayer funds to buy other companies, handed out lavish bonuses to their elite, worked the backrooms of Congress to rewrite tax codes to decrease their future taxes and put large numbers of people out of work. The number of homeless increased and became more visible on the streets. The homeless were blamed for their visibility. Where are the voices of passion and justice?


Six Years Ago Today (November 15, 2011)
Rep. Neil Abercrombie supported drilling for off-shore gas located on the Outer Continental Shelf to be used to convert corn into ethanol, the so-called green energy product.


Smokers and Drivers Beware (November 13, 2011)
On the 94th anniversary of the death of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last monarch of Hawai`i, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD)  evicted Native Hawaiians camping on the sidewalk adjacent to the Zoo.


APEC Day 3: Inside and Outside of the Barriers (November 10, 2011)
I had to navigate a number of processes to get a press pass and then to discover how to pick up my various press badges. There was no central clearing spot to discover which events were being added to the schedule. At the conference progressed,  physical barriers went up and the areas where the press could go decreased. APEC Shuttles are available for delegates, staff and media to go between the numerous events at the different Waikiki hotels sponsoring APEC events. There are at least three law enforcement divisions within the Honolulu Police Department and three federal law enforcement agencies, each with their own attitudes and approaches to dealing with civilians.


Public Private Partnership Doublespeak (November 09, 2011)

The Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and the East-West Center (EWC) is sponsoring meetings at the Marriott today and tomorrow.  In a panel on agriculture, a senior member of the USDA who has a Ph.D. in nutrition, worked for a candy company for five years and supports genetric engineering, noted that the world’s population just reached 7 billion and will reach 9 billion by 2050. The amount of food needed worldwide may double.


Two Competing Views of the Future: APEC & Global Capitalism v. Faith & Justice (November 08, 2011) Yesterday at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum I asked Governor Abercrombie: Are there any downsides to APEC? He replied: “Not for us.” He also said: “Hawai`i is right at the center of the Asia Pacific region” and “Hawai`i is going to be an anchor for all of this.” He added: “There are a whole bunch of people out there who don't believe were making this progress.  There are a whole lot of people, I'm sorry to say, a vested emotional interest in always seeing us on the losing side.”


APEC: Where's Labor? (November 07, 2011)
To produce something you need raw materials, labor and capital. But only capital is represented at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Labor is discussed, promises are made, jobs are outsourced.


Exploiting the Last Frontier: The World’s Oceans (November 07, 2011)
The world’s seabeds are ripe for exploitation and free trade agreements will maximize their use and minimize their regulation.

Uber Security, Civil Rights & APEC (November 07, 2011)

On the eve of APEC the newly hired Hawai`i Convention Center guards proved to be hyped up and ill trained to deal with protesters. Late last night there was a confrontation between a single person using chalk to write a message on the sidewalk in front of the Hawai`i Convention Center. Four security guards came out of the Convention Center to confront the writer. The guards aggressively surrounded the writer and prevented him from walking away on the sidewalk. The writer could have stepped into the street, but there was a lot of traffic.


Two Major Wind Updates (November 04, 2011)
First, State Legislators went to Molokai and found uniform opposition to Big Wind. Second, a federal appeals court ruled against Cape Wind.


Big Wind hits road blocks from State Procurement Office, Public Utilities Commission & the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (November 03, 2011)  On October 27, 2011, the State Procurement Office rejected the exemption. “It seems very short sighted and detached from the subject matter on DBEDT’s part that the public had to inform them they should consider solar/photovoltaic and geothermal technologies. DBEDT knew of these technologies at the time they issued the initial solicitation and had the opportunity to include it in the solicitation for proper disclosure and open competition. DBEDT chose the narrow scope of services.”

HECO releases confidential information (October 25, 2011)
On January 6, 2011 HECO asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve the HECO- Aina Koa Pono (AKP) biofuel contract, noting that HECO and HELCO ratepayers would pay AKP a subsidy of 0.31 cents/kWh for 20 years, but said that HECO’s and HELCO’s anticipated future sales were confidential and therefore the total subsidy was also confidential.


HECO's Approach to Uncertainty (October 22, 2011)
The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) involved many issues but was centered around two key principles: decoupling and Big Wind.


Trading Places (October 22, 2011)
A series of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conferences will meet  in Honolulu in November. A new Asia Free Trade Agreement called the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) will be signed by President Obama and some other world leaders.


FERC Ruling re Kauai Hydropower Permits (October 20, 2011)
Kaua'i Blogger Andy Parx has published an interesting article on the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling dismissing two Kaua`i hydroelectric projects in favor of State Regulation.


There's Something Going On Up There (Oct. 18, 2011)
Governor Neil Abercrombie replaced the Young Turks with the Old Guard and then there was a replacement at DBEDT. For some reason most efforts to cover the story missed the real story.   Governor Abercrombie’s New Day: “Hawaii’s most important economic enterprise right now is to pursue energy independence.”


The East West Center will host the APEC Climate Symposium  (October 17-20, 2011) and the ADB Conference (December 14-15, 2011)

APEC Hawaii 2011 Meetings & Protests Start Monday Oct. 17, 2011
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) will hold conferences at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa this fall.

Legislative Tourism (October 15, 2011)
With the great economic powers of Asia about to converge on Honolulu in November as part of APEC 2011, several members of the House fly to Taiwan to discuss economics.


Yesterday Returns (October 09, 2011)
New Day becomes Yesterday as old guard replace young turks. Four key young turks forced out by the old guard.


Blame Shifting (October 07, 2011)
The problem is that the Governor had a listening campaign and all of a sudden he became Governor and he stopped listening. Now people are saying it was his staff.  No, ... it was the Governor. He does not listen and he shoots at all of his allies.


Governor Abercrombie: The First 10 Months (October 06, 2011)
The Governor likes to shoot from the lip attacking people at random, but does not like anybody to take offense at him, or to show any independence.


Public Utilities Commission issues landmark biofuel ruling (October 01, 2011). The commission finds and concludes that the contract price for the AKP-produced biofuel is excessive, not cost-effective, and thus, is unreasonable and inconsistent with the public interest.


APEC Meeting at the East West Center, Honolulu, Hawai`i (September 25, 2011) Police, federal law enforcement and peaceful protesters are preparing for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) leadership meeting to be held in Honolulu, Hawai`i in early November.

Hawai`i: economic diversification opportunity squandered ... again !! (September 22, 2011)
Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTECorp) Reaches Written Understanding (MOU) Toward Building the World's First Ocean-Powered Clean Energy Plants.


We Need Everything   (September 20, 2011)
The issue of the HCEI Energy Agreement and Big Wind popped up at DBEDT’s 3rd Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo (APCE) held at the Hawai`i Convention Center this month.

Hawai`i Clean Energy Summit   (September 20, 2011)
With the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) coming to Hawai`i in November, the Hawai`i Convention Center played host to the 3rd Asia Pacific CleanEnergy Summit & Expo (APCE) this month, sponsored by the Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) in partnership with the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) and TechConnect. The conference had a lot of energy, great networking, and a number of cutting edge presentations.


Cutting Edge Energy Research   (September 20, 2011)
The Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) 3rd Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo (APCE) held in September at the Hawai`i Convention Center. In coordination with the military over a dozen cutting edge energy research projects were presented. Here are a few of them. California Energy & Power, Ener-G-Rotors, LaserMotive, Solazyme, LanzaTech
  (September 20, 2011)

Mike Champley appointed to the Public Utility Commission (September 16, 2011)
Former PUC Chair Carlito Caliboso has stepped down from the Hawai`i Public Utility Commission (PUC). Mike Champley has been appointed by Governor Abercrombie to finish his term.


Shootin' from the Lip (Sept. 15)
Governor Abercrombie gave the opening keynote address at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo held at the Hawaii Convention Center (September 13-15, 2011).


Is the Aloha Spirit a trade barrier? ( September 12, 2011)

Can Hawai`i Agriculture Survive? (September 08, 2011)

A Future based on which values?
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)  & Moana Nui 2011
Honolulu, Hawai`i Conferences scheduled for November 2011

Cheapest Energy: Curtailed Energy

Micro Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (μ-OTEC)

Mega Solar Project Proposed for O`ahu
Sempra proposes 350 MW of photovoltaic energy

World Class Spin ? Does Hawai`i really have the best wind regimes in the world?

Pele's Dilemma: The Future of Geothemal in Hawai`i
Hawai`i Geothermal Working Group

Geothermal Critic Embraces Geothermal
Small and Micro Geothermal, Heat Pumps, Moku Power

The Devil is in the Details: TheStructure and History of the PUC and the Consumer Advocate

The Death of the Pele Defense Fund

Hawaii's Utility Advocate: Overlooking alternatives, advocating gold plating the system

PUC Chair Hermina Morita

Ku`oko`a Bid to take over HEI

PUC “Superferrys” the Ulupalakua Windfarm

Should HECO ratepayers subsidize Black Gold?

Update of Ku`oko`a Bid to take over HEI

2010 IEEE Hawaii Solar Conference
Rhone Resch (Solar Energy Industries Association), Chris Cook (Interstate Renewable Energy Council), Kristin K. Mayes (Chairmanm Arizona Corporation Commission)

Greening the Military

Beyond Sustainability: Blue vs. Green
World Congress on Zero Emissions

2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

Big Wind panel discussion  


Holistic Agriculture
World Congress on Zero Emissions

Is There a Future for Hawai`i Agriculture?

Agriculture & Justice

The State of Agriculture in Hawai`i

Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Race

The Benefits of Being Politically Connected

Mauna Kea is under threat from industrialization

Historic Loko Ea Fishpond faces urbanization

Hawaii Supreme Court reverses ICA on burials

The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System

Princess Ka`iulani: A Movie Review

Hawai`i Board of Education  Candidates Forum

The Gospel According to Panos Prevedouros

Transparency and Accountability: Act 221, Athletic Fees, Embedded  Lobbyists, Executive Branch  Disclosure, A Solution

Pro & Con for Big Wind & Inter-Island High Voltage Transmission Line


Governor Abercrombie Talks About the issues

Justice and InJustice in Hawai`i
Prisons aren’t a sexy topic.  It’s not a subject matter many care about.
But on the other hand, 95% of all incarcerated individuals will be
released and in the community.  Hawai`i has the 5th worst parole
revocation  rate in the nation. Only four states have higher
failure rates than Hawai`i.

Hawaii DOH knew about Chromium 6

Rail Tales: Mapping the Landscape of the Proposed Rail System

Blue Planet Foundation

Hawaii’s Thousand Friends Celebrates the Big 30 in January

Life of the Land: A Brief History







Biological Capital (60 minutes)


Tomoyo Nonaka, Keynote Speaker at World
Congress on Zero Emissions (45 minutes)


Sustainable Agriculture & Biofuels with Senator Russ Kokubun (9 minutes)


Dr. Makena Coffman re Energy Independence (12 minutes)


Dreaming About Agriculture with Kyle Datta (25 minutes)


Dr. Stephen Schneider, Nobel Peace Prize (2007): A Global Citizen Lecture on Climate Change (61 minutes)


Windpower returns to Kahuku (26 minutes)


Hawaii Sea Water Air Conditioning: Interview with Dr. David Rezachek  (27 minutes)


Representative Mina Morita discusses Hawaii's Hydrogen Future (Life of the Land's 2000 Energy for the Millenium II Conference) (9 minutes)


Representative Hermina Morita (1999): Energy Solutions for Hawai`i (Life of the Land's 1999 Energy for the Millenium Conference)  (8 minutes)


Donald Aitken (Union of Concerned Scientists) (1999): Energy Efficiency in Buildings (Life of the Land's 1999 Energy for the Millenium Conference)
(13 minutes)


Interstate Renewable Electrons. IEEE questions/answers with Kris Mayes, Chris Cook and Rhone Resch  (9 minutes)


Hawaii Panel at IEEE discusses Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative  (84 minutes)


Hawaii's Energy Efficiency Utility wants to reduce your energy bill !!! (25 minutes)


Kristan Mayes advocates firing PUC Commissioners who do not aggressively support renewables. Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission. 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, Hawaiian Convention Center (June 20-25, 2010).   (21 minutes)


Energy Efficiency Utility: separate companies should seek to increase & decrease sale of electricity (31minutes)


Hawaii Experts discuss ocean-based baseload renewable energy: Interviews with

Dr. Luis Vega, Reb Bellinger and David Robichaux. (18 minutes)


Abbas Akhil: Grid-Connected Batteries for Lana`i and Kaua`i. Hawaii Energy Storage Seminar (June 16, 2010) (41minutes)


Interview with Dr. Ted Johnson: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. Director, Alternative Energy Programs Development for MS2 Undersea Systems, Lockheed Martin   (28 minutes)


Interview with Dr. David Rezachek (Alternative Energy) (25 minutes)


Interview with Darren Kimura (Concentrated Solar Power) (15 minutes)


Interview with Dr. Hans Krock (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) (28 minutes)


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Systems on Historic Houses: a conversation with Architect Scott Wilson  (8 minutes)


 

2008 Climate Summit

Josh Stanbro (8 minutes)

David Turner  (5 minutes) 

Jeff Mikulina (9 minutes) 

Henry Curtis (7 minutes) 

Shanah Faith Trevenna (8 minutes) 

Barry Huebert, Ph.D. (9 minutes) 

Charles Fletcher, Ph.D.  (7 minutes) 

Dr. Charles Pe’ape’a Makawalu Burrows  (8 minutes)

Lorenz Magaard, Ph.D.  (8 minutes) 

Makena Coffman, Ph.D.  (7 minutes) 

Terry Surles, Ph.D. (8 minutes) 


Ocean Energy with Reb Bellinger (25 minutes)


Should Hawaiian Electric become the first utility to use rainforest Palm Oil for Electricity? Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission Evidentiary Hearing (27 minutes)


Big Wind, Geothermal & Inter-island Transmission Lines Includes public hearing on Lana`i re Big Wind.  (28 minutes)


Civil Unions Forum (64 minutes) 

Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D., M.D. (28 minutes) 

Justice Reinvestment (60 minutes)

Kat Brady Interview with Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D., M.D. (31 minutes)

Kat Brady addresses Association of Hawaii Civic Clubs  (12 minutes)

Reentry, Substance Abuse & Women

Judge Steven Alm receives Jurist of the Year Award (2010) (13 minutes)

Kua O Ka La Charter School
(28 minutes)

DLNR Chair Laura Thielen press conference re occupation of `Iolani Palace (29 minutes)

Downtown-Nuuanu National Hawaii Heritage Area: A conversation with Tamar deFries (57 minutes) 

Out of the Blue: Open Ocean Fish Farming in Hawai`i (57 minutes)

Faye Hanohano (Hawaii State Representative) 

Senator Akaka speech on the floor of the Democratic State Convention

Colleen Hanabusa interview following the withdrawal of Ed Case 

Rafael del Castillo for U.S. House 

Ed Case drops out of race for U.S. House  

Smart Justice (Kat Brady)

Governor Benjamin Cayetano on Civil Unions 

Governor Benjamin Cayetano on Marriage
 

Can Hawaii's proposed Civil Unions be Challenged in Court?

Unlocking Justice Conference (2009)

Michele Deitch  part 1  part 2  part 3
CarrieAnn Shirota part 1  part 2

Steve Alm 
Renee Schuetter 
Dr. Geri Marullo
RaeDeen Karasuda 
Lisa Haan and Jackie Bissen
Marilyn Brown
Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind

Pre- ililani Media Videos uploaded to Youtube


Dr. William Steiner speaks on sustainable agriculture, biofuels (7:02)  Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, University of Hawaii, Hilo.

Hawaii Interfaith Power and Light Kick-Off Meeting (6:52)

Shanah Trevenna: University of Hawai`i's Saunders Hall is undergoing an Energy Efficiency Revitalization. (5:33)

Exporting Money Importing Climate Change: Bryan Collins and Kelly King discuss HECO's plans to import palm oil for electricity (2:06)

Commercialized Ocean Wave Energy Power Facilities:
Australian Wave Energy (Blowhole) Oceanlinx comes to Hawaii with Dr Tom Dennis, Peter Kalish (4:30)


Hale Na`au Pono: Rally to Save the Wai`anae Coast's Hale Na`au Pono ("The House for Inner Balance") which provides culturally and socially sensitive, community-based, behavioral health services for children and adults. Stella Pihana-Young, Poka Laenui, Ho'opio DeCambra. (7:13)

Reduce Your Energy Bill (8:31) with Scott Wilson


Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO): The world's first palm oil fired electric power plant has failed. The Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission has rejected the HECO-Imperium palm oil biodiesel contract. (8:00)

Climate Change (1:03)
Climate Change will cause extinctions 

The Collapse of Imperium Renewables: Imperium Renewables planned to supply palm oil biodiesel to the world's first commercial palm oil power plant (2:17)

Hawaii Biofuels (6:41) Interview with Mililani Trask


Genetic Engineering: State Senate Hearing re Genetic Engineering. Bills on kalo (taro), fish, labeling. Una Greenaway. Kalehuekea. Life of the Land. Bills pass first Senate Committee. (6:26)

Hawaii Energy Independence
(7:38) Life of the Land's Henry Curtis and Kat Brady discuss Hawaii's Energy Future

 




Henry Curtis
Ililani Media
P.O. Box 37313
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96837-0313

ililani.media@gmail.com

Wearing other hats,

Henry Curtis is the author of
Energy Independence for Hawaii (2030)

Article about the Energy Independence for Hawaii Report


Author of “Energy” chapter in "The Value of Hawaii: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future," ed. by Craig Howes; Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio. Published for the Biographical Research Center, University of Hawai‘i (July 2010)

Executive Director of
Life of the Land,

Secretary of Ka Lei Maile Ali`i
Hawaiian Civiv Club

Ililani Media fouses primarily
on Hawai`i Energy Issues:

Solar, Photovoltaic Energy, Ocean Energy,
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC),  Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC), Wave Energy, Wind,
Biofuels, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Biomass,
Regulation,  Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission, Consumer Advocate,
DBEDT, BLNR



















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