Japanese Diet: Fukushima was ‘man-made disaster’ →
Hiroko Tabuchi, reporting for the New York Times:
The report, released by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, challenged some of the main story lines that the government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have put forward. Most notably, the report said the plant’s crucial cooling systems might have been damaged in the earthquake on March 11, 2011, not only in the ensuing tsunami. That possibility raises doubts about the safety of all the quake-prone country’s nuclear plants just as they begin to restart after a pause ordered in the wake of the Fukushima crisis.
The full report is available here (PDF).
State says planned PV installations at Kauai schools will save $30 million
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announces plans to power Hawaii's public schools with solar energy. Courtesy Photo
UH Manoa’s Kuykendall Hall planned to be Hawaii’s first zero net building
UH Manoa's Kuykendall Hall may see a $36 million facelift as part of a White House initiative to create buildings that operate completely independent of fossil fuels. Photo by Drew Wertheime
Hawaii Energy puts a bounty on ‘energy hogs’
This chart shows the barrels of oil used to generate electricity each month in Hawaii. Electricity consumes about 30 percent of Hawaii's imported oil. The good news is that the oil usage is sloping downward. However, the decrease is most likely due to the economic downturn. Data from the State of Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism (DBEDT)
Letter to the Editor
Letter: Public Utilities Commission denies HECO’s Aina Koa Pono biofuel application
A graphic shows plans for the proposed Aina Koa Pono Kau biofuel plant on Hawaii Island.
Robert Alm
Energy Perspective: Renewable resources abundant on ‘neighbor islands’
The function of insulators, pictured above on a utility pole, is to support or separate electrical conductors without allowing current through themselves. Photo by Carolineee1991
Travis Quezon
Hawaii rate-payers testify on biofuel surcharge provision
Hawaii rate-payers testify on biofuel surcharge provision
A graphic shows plans for the proposed Aina Koa Pono Kau biofuel plant on Hawaii Island.