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
West Maui: Lahaina Civic Center
Lanai: Lanai Community Center
Molokai: Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria
Hawaii IslandApril 13
Hilo: Hilo High School Cafeteria
Puna: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
Waimea: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall
West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria
Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room
Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa