The HIPL steering
committee has been busy working toward setting our organization up as
an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.
We are also working
toward a half-day strategic planning retreat, tentatively scheduled for
February 28. All our HIPL supporters are
welcome to join us on that day. Email us for
06, 09, 20: Climate Change and Action,
part of the Pacific Peace Forum Series and sponsored by the Pacific
Justice and Reconciliation Center. This is a series of
presentations and panel discussions about how climate change will
affect Hawaii and other Pacific Island nations and people,
including the role
of theology and faith in responding to climate change. See the flyer
or visit pjrcclimatechange.wordpress.com.
"Preach-In for the Planet", use Valentine's Day weekend to promote love
for Creation and taking action on climate change. Visit www.preachin.org/hawaii-listings/
to see where celebrations are being held in Hawaii.
February 13-14: Global
Divestment Day. That same weekend, gofossilfree.org
is promoting divestment from fossil fuels for people and institutions.
That Friday, join us at the Hawaii State Capitol Building to deliver
Valentines to legislators urging them to love the earth by
supporting divestment at the state level.
UH Board of Regents to Explore Fossil Fuel
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has created a committee to
explore the "feasibility and desirability" of divesting from fossil
fuel production and to revisit its policies and goals for
sustainability. This is a victory for DivestUH, part of the larger
fossil fuel divestment
Jet Fuel Spill Threatens Keehi Lagoon.
A faulty weld in a fuel storage tank on Sand Island appears to be to
blame for spilling 42,000 gallons of jet fuel into the ocean, coming
within 150 feet of Keehi Lagoon. Although HIPL focuses on the global
warming effects of fossil fuel use, let us not forget the many other
toxic and harmful effects of fossil fuel use, including oil, fuel, and
fracking wastewater spills, smog, mountaintop removal, mercury
poisoning, and others. These disproportionately harm the environment,
children and the elderly, the sick and poor communities, i.e.
"least of these" to which we are called to serve.
HEI Sale Spurs Talk of Big Island Co-Op.
The planned sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy has spurred a
discussion on Hawaii Island of the possibility of converting HELCO into
a public cooperative utility, much like Kauai Island Utility
Cooperative, which has been progressive in promoting energy efficiency,
renewables and smart-grid technologies.
Randy Iwase picked as next PUC chair.
Veteran legislator and PUC advisor Randy Iwase has been chosen by Gov.
David Ige to replace outgoing Public Utilities Commission chair Hermina
Morita. He has lots of experience and will have a lot of challenging
issues to confront, assuming he is confirmed by the Senate.
Solar Investment Beats Stock Market
A new study shows that homeowners who finance a residential
photovoltaic system get better returns than investing in the stock
market. Rather than paying for it up front, it actually makes sense to
take out a loan. The electricity cost savings more than cover the loan
payments, generating signficant returns that beat stock market index
funds. Now, if we could only get HECO to speed up residential PV
Solar Industry Creates More Jobs than Oil
. Supporters of the oil and gas production boom in the
US tout all those new jobs. But the Solar
determined that the solar industry created about 50% more jobs than the
oil and gas pipeline and extraction industries in 2014. Imagine instead
of the Keystone XL pipeline running from Canada to Louisiana if we had
solar panels and wind turbines along that route!
Ocean Warming "Off the Charts"
You may have read that 2014 was the hottest year on record
But what you may not know is that ocean warming has been accelerated to
such a degree that it literally goes off the standard charts that
scientists use to present historical and current data. That is because
90% of global warming is actually occurring in the ocean rather than
the atmosphere. And these effects are just as important as heating of
the atmosphere, especially for Hawaii and other Pacific islands. Learn
more about these effects at the upcoming Climate
Change and Action
Energy Assistance for Community Solar
A Minnesota non-profit (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
is working to allow low-income families to use their federal energy
assistance funds to support a community solar project. Instead of the
funds going directly to a utility for unpaid electricity bills, the
families would be able to use those funds to support electricity
generated by the nearby community solar project. The group's existing
project uses energy assitance funds to install solar
for these families, reducing their energy needs and
thus electricity or heating bills.
your faith community considered installing a photovoltaic system or
even been approached by a solar installer about pursuing a power
purchase agreement to finance such a system? Then you should probably
read this finance guide
from the California IPL chapter before proceeding. While a PPA can be a
good deal for congregations, it is by no means the only way to finance
such a system. Contact
if you have questions, want guidance from industry
or wish to talk with other congregations that have gone through the
reflective Chistian season of Lent starts on February 18. Once again,
the Massachussetts conference of the United Church of Christ is
promoting the Ecumenical Carbon
This is a daily program of reflection, action, and sharing within faith
communities. The Washington, DC IPL chapter has created a convenient Lenten Carbon Fast calendar,
as well. We will be adapting this for Hawaii and sharing it via email
and our Facebook page soon.
legislative session in Hawaii has started, and there are several
energy-related bills to keep track of. Senate
Bill 715 and the related House
Bill 623 will required 100% renewable energy by
2040, up from 70% in 2035. House
Bill 484 will help make community solar projects
more available for everyone. Other relevant measures include HB1512, requiring the Public
Utilities Commission to establish performance criteria for electric
utilities, and HB1504,
requiring the legislative reference bureau to study different public
utility models as an alternative to our current for-profit model. As of
February 3, SB715, HB623, and HB484 were recommended for passage by the
respective committees, but more hearings are in store. Hearings for
HB1512 and HB1504 are scheduled for Feb. 5. You
can do your part by submitting testimony in writing or in person. Stay
up to date by clicking on the "Measure Tracking" button at the Hawaii
State Legislature website or visit the
state's Public Access Room.
one of the Hawaii Preach-In on Global Warming
celebrations on February 14-15, Valentine's Day weekend.
best way to support HIPL is to get your congregation involved as a
partner in our efforts. The voices of people of faith are needed on the
overarching issue of global warming because of the foundational moral
dimensions of this issue and the kinds of fundamental changes that are
needed to address it effectively and with justice and equity
all people and the environment.
we also appreciate your financial support. The Interfaith
Alliance-Hawaii continues to serve as our fiscal sponsor. Your
donation to HIPL should be made out to them and sent to our mailing
address for the time being.
PO Box 37266
Honolulu, HI 96837
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