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By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald Top county executives could be in line for significant payraises come Jan. 1. Under a proposal by the county Salary Commission, those individuals would receive a 22.44% pay increase,effective Jan. 1, 2024, and another 5% effective July 1, 2024. Under the proposal, Mayor Mitch Roth, whose current yearlysalary is $162,582, would make $199,068 on Jan. 1 and $209,028on July 1 – the latter being the date the next fiscal year starts. The $153,612 yearly…Read more
By KELSEY WALLING Hawaii Tribune-Herald The Puna Geothermal Venture power plant is nearly back to full capacity. That’s according to PGV officials who hosteda quarterly meeting Tuesday at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility to answer questions and provide updates to the community. PGV officials said the plant now is averaging 35 megawatts of power, which brings the daily output up to the standards set prior to the 2018 Kilauea eruption, which damaged the facility and forced it to be taken…Read more
By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald Honua Ola Bioenergy is seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., claiming in federal court that the electric utility has used monopolistic measures to keep Honua Ola’s completed but idle biomass power plant from going online. Honua Ola, also known as Hu Honua Bioenergy, filed a motion Thursday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu asking that its 2016 civil suit against Hawaiian Electric be reopened to consider antitrust…Read more
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