HONOLULU, HAWAII – Mufi Hannemann and Les Chang today announced a new energy policy for Hawaii that would contain and ultimately reduce electricity prices.
Hannemann said, “We need a new energy policy that embraces geothermal power, builds an inter-island smart grid and introduces competition into our energy market.”
He went on to say, “While it is the role of a company’s publicly traded board to be responsive to its shareholders, it is the responsibility of the governor to look out for the people of Hawaii.”
Hannemann noted, “Electricity prices in Hawaii are 300% higher than the mainland. This hurts our economy and lowers the standard of living of families and businesses.”
The five main elements of the Hannemann/Chang plan are:
1. Engage the Community in a discussion of Hawaii’s energy future, particularly those on the Big Island who may be most affected.
2. Create a State Department of Energy, charged with developing and overseeing a new comprehensive energy strategy for Hawaii.
3. Reposition the PUC, expand its mandate, endorse a performance-based rate structure and ensure it has the resources to do its job.
4. Conduct an Independent Review of Geothermal Energy, to evaluate the benefits and costs of developing a major geothermal facility and address health and safety concerns.
READ PRESS RELEASE: PDF Energy Release
READ COMPLETE ENERGY PLATFORM: Energy Platform – Final
HAWAII NEWS NOW COVERAGE: Here
Hannemann was sharp in Kailua Kona forum. Familiar with Hawaii Island issues as a former resident, Mufi offered precise and comprehensive answers to tough questions facing the island’s people. Read more: http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/decision-2014/governor-hopefuls-tackle-land-use-kailua-kona-forum
Mufi Hannemann demonstrated again in superb fashion last night the executive experience in his answers that is sorely needed in the next governor. His pledge of working collaboratively with all 4 county mayors also resonated with the large audience because they recognize that only through this process would Big Island concerns be addressed effectively. Having lived and worked in Kau as a CBrewer executive also worked to his advantage because of his knowledge and familiarity with the Big Island for decades. Next up is Monday night in Kona where the candidates will square off again.
Non-Profits Gather to Get Informed
Non-Profit organizations and their leaders gathered in Honolulu Wednesday at the YWCA to discuss the needs and challenges of their community with the candidates for governor at the No Vote, No Grumble forum. Mufi Hannemann pointed out his personal involvement with being the head of his own non- profit the Pacific Century Fellows as well as his participation with the ADA, Boys and Girl Scouts and Easter Seals and the like and noted that his spouse Gail has a long record of service with many nonprofits and community groups also.
Hannemann spoke to the importance of non-profits and the role they play in our community. “I have always said that ours is a three sector economy that it is comprised of non-profits, government, and business.” He went on to say how much “he admires the hard work these 7, ooo plus organizations who are major contributors to our economy do in caring and advocating for the less fortunate among us, ” while recognizing their efforts at securing grants-in-aid from different sources that help our community be a better place. As Honolulu mayor , he had first hand experience in working directly and assisting a plethora of many such groups during his tenure.
Hannemann spoke to the issue of government procurement and the impact this has on the business aspect of non-profits. He stated that timely reimbursement is a major headache and a chronic complaint of nonprofits who perform a service with the state through a contractual agreement . They often have to wait for a long time to get paid which creates stress and disruptions in their day to day operations. He pledged to resolve this issue and one idea is to assign Les Chang , his LG running mate as an executive branch advocate and clearinghouse for nonprofits and community groups .
Council of Visayan Organizations & United Filipino Council of Hawaii Forum
Mufi Hannemann got to ” talk story” with the Filipino community at the UFCH and COVO governor’s forum at the FilCom Center in Waipahu. Taking part in a panel discussion, Mufi talked about his record of being a true friend and his longtime relationship with the Filipino community. He also outlined specific plans on how he would help the community as governor. Through the years he has traveled seven times to the Philippines to lead trade missions and to develop business relationships with Honolulu’s Sister- Cities and Sister- States. The ” tallest Filipino ” as he is often affectionately referred to as is also an adopted son of several towns and barrios . He also highlighted the fact that he appointed many Filipinos to cabinet positions during his time as mayor.
Only governor candidate to attend Hawaiian Inter-Island Ferry Conference, Mufi Hannemann shared his ideas on how he will help revive the service. “I am prepared to do everything we can to bring back the ferry service with a proper EIS. 87 percent of island residents want the ferry restored.”
A great number of people gathered Monday evening at Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 19, former home to the Hawaii Superferry, to discuss the return of an inter-island ferry system at the Hawaiian Inter-Island Ferry Conference. The conference was convened in an effort to learn from the past and look forward to the future.
As the only gubernatorial team in attendance , Hannemann and Les Chang shared their vision for bringing ferry service back to Hawaii. Hannemann told the crowd that he would work day and night to bring the ferry back noting that surveys suggest that 87% of island residents want an interisland ferry. “Les and I are committed to doing everything we can working collaboratively with the community , government officials and a broad coalition of stakeholders to create a better ferry this time around . But the only way we can build a better ferry is to follow the law and to commit to do a proper EIS , something that the prior state administration failed to conduct.” The benefits to businesses and the potential to reduce travel costs for kama’aina and visitors alike are other reasons to move forward with this initiative.”
If you had any question about who could actually rise to the challenge of being our next governor, the ongoing series of debates and forums should convince you that Mufi Hannemann is clearly the best choice. Tonight’s televised debate on KHON proved no exception. Hannemann again appeared confident and sharp with clear answers as he once again dominated the discussion.
See the candidates summation statements below:
See more video clips and coverage from the debate here.