NextEra, Hawaiian Electric hosts first of 13 open house meetings

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It’s a merger that would affect most of our state.

Hawaiian Electric and NextEra held the first in a series of public meetings.

Two meetings were held on Maui on Tuesday.

Senior leaders and other employees from both NextEra and Hawaiian Electric were on hand to talk about how they plan to increase renewable energy and lower customer bills.

NextEra says it wants input from the community.

“Our goal is to accelerate a more affordable clean energy future for Hawaii. To do that you have to have the input from the community. You can’t come in unilaterally and just say this is what we are going to do. You want that feed back. We want that input,” said NextEra Energy spokesperson Robert Gould.

The federal energy regulatory commission has already approved the proposed deal.

But it still needs to be approved by the PUC and HEI shareholders.

The informational meetings continue through next week on Maui, Lanai, Molokai, the Big Island, and Oahu.

Each open house meeting will be held from 5-8 p.m. HST. Click here for more information. Dates and locations are as follows:

Maui CountyApril 7

Central Maui: Maui Electric Auditorium

South Maui: Kihei Community Center

April 8

West Maui: Lahaina Civic Center

Lanai: Lanai Community Center

April 9

Molokai: Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria

Hawaii IslandApril 13

Hilo: Hilo High School Cafeteria

Puna: Pahoa High School Cafeteria

April 14

West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria

Waimea: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall

OahuApril 15

West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria

Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria

April 16

Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room

Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa

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