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At the beginning of this year, the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) initiated an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) proceeding that asked Hawaiʻi Gas to provide an action plan to address our long-term planning and strategy as a utility provider in the state. The HPUC also solicited applications and selected a diverse group of local and national stakeholders to serve on an Advisory Group to provide expert advice and recommendations in support of the planning process which will address the following: 

  • How we intend to further State climate policies, including emissions reductions and renewable energy goals, with a focus on increasing the amount of low carbon to negative carbon fuels in our fuel mix–like renewable natural gas and hydrogen–all the while balancing safety, customer affordability, reliability, equity and sustainability of Hawaiʻi Gas as a local business that employs over 300 residents who call Hawaiʻi their home. Fun Fact: Customers on our Oʻahu utility system are already using a blend of renewable natural gas and hydrogen.
  • How we intend to accelerate our plans to increase the proportion of renewable natural gas and hydrogen into our fuel mix. We currently blend up to 15% hydrogen in our fuel mix, which is currently the highest percentage of any gas utility in the country.
  • How Hawaiʻi Gas' reliability and resilience fit as a critical part of the State's energy supply chain.
  • How we intend to maintain and ensure affordability for energy customers we serve.

We have been meeting with the Advisory Group on a monthly basis and expect to file our IRP action plan with the HPUC in the first quarter of 2023.  We look forward to sharing more information on the proceeding in the coming months.

Susan B. Komen More Than Pink walk.
Hawaiʻi Gas Oahu and Hawaii Island employees turned out for the Komen More Than Pink Walk after years on hiatus due to the pandemic. We're so proud of them for taking the initiative to rally their coworkers and support causes that are important to them.
Hawaii Food Industry Association Convention
Our team of Hawaiʻi Gas employees Audrey Okaneku, Sharon Shigemoto, Ryan Day, Cedric Nakagawa, Michael Tsutsumi and Kendall Horner competed in a friendly cooking contest at the 2022 Annual Convention for the Hawaii Food Industry Association. Their pineapple fried rice dish wowed judges! 

Ethel's Grill 
Named one of Honolulu's greatest hole-in-the-wall restaurants by Honolulu Magazine, Ethel's Grill has been serving up local-style plate lunches since 1979. Owners, Robert and Minaka Ishii-Urquidi, who both have years of culinary experience, took over from Minaka's parents years ago. On any given day, you can find eclectic dishes like ume shiso chicken, red wine gyu-don, napolitan spaghetti, and beef sukiyaki. Check out their Instagram account: @ethelsgrill_kalihi

The pandemic threw them a curveball, as it did for most restaurants, so for the time being they are a take-out-only eatery. If you want to get a taste be sure to call ahead because they run out of items quickly.

Ethel's Grill
232 Kalihi Street, Honolulu, HI
Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 808-847-6467

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