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Scott Cooney
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Scott Cooney is a professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the entrepreneur behind Pono Home, Hawaii's green home consulting service, which aims to save people money by cutting their utility bills.

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Hawaii's Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Two years ago, the state of Hawaii made history in the U.S. by becoming the first place where solar reached, and then exceeded grid parity with dirtier sources of energy. The Institute for Local Self Reliance published a study showing that even without any incentives, the simple payback for residential...

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What's Wrong With a Fossil Fuel Dependent Electricity Grid, Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Hawaii's electricity grid, especially on the most populous island of Oahu, is highly dependent on fossil fuels. While rich geothermal resources have the Big Island cruising along at about half clean, renewable energy, a lack of those baseload renewable resources have Oahu strangled by 90 percent energy from diesel generators...

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Clean Energy at DoD's Energy Excelerator Competition

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:43 AM

The United States remains the world's biggest spender on military operations, with about 43 percent of the world's total spending. The Russian Federation, China, France and the United Kingdom round out the top five countries in terms of spending (though, as Howard Steven Friedman points out, absolute spending...

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EVs in Paradise: A Look at Electric Vehicle Driving in Hawaii

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 7:58 AM

In 2010, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) announced a Time of Use (TOU) rate adjustment for electric vehicle charging in its service area, which includes Hawaii County (Big Island), Maui County, and Honolulu County. The TOU adjustment means that EV owners who charge their electric vehicles overnight could be eligible for...

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