Biden’s climate agenda is stalled in Congress. In Hawaii, one key part is going ahead

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Hawaii officially kicked off performance-based regulation on June 1, 2021. Under this new model, profits from the monopoly utility are now tied to goals drafted by regulators and community stakeholders, including goals for more electric vehicle infrastructure.

Hawaii gets most of its electricity from oil and coal. So the state is trying an experiment to get the utility off fossil fuels – and becoming a model for regulators across the US.

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