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Entries by Richard Ha from 09/2013

The Big Island Is Throwing Away Electricity

| Posted 09.04.2013 | Hawaii

Here on the Big Island, we throw away at least seven MW of electricity per day. It's geothermal energy tapped at night, when people are sleeping and so the utility requires less electricity.

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

| Posted 09.16.2013 | Hawaii

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.

Do You Know the Rule of 70?

| Posted 09.20.2013 | Hawaii

How about Hawai'i's economy doubling in 24 years? That would result from a compound growth of just 3 percent. Would we need double the number of hotel rooms? But if the price of oil keeps rising, can we do that?