In September 2013, Hawaiian Electric Co. told thousands of customers they couldn’t connect their new solar panels to its distribution grid. In some neighborhoods, HECO said, its system couldn’t absorb any more unused energy from home solar arrays. The moratorium, which lasted 13 months, made Hawaii a central battleground in the effort by utilities to control the rapid growth of independent solar companies nationwide. And it was a big deal to people such as Robert Gould, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot near Honolulu who had paid $53,000 to have solar panels installed.
HAGATNA, Guam — A Guam lawmaker has introduced legislation to refinance the island government’s $343 million debt to raise funding for construction of a new Guam Memorial Hospital facility.