Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Review of NextEra Deal Should Proceed

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Review of NextEra Deal Should Proceed

February 5, 2015 Off By administrator

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Review of NextEra Deal Should Proceed
Article from Honolulu Civil Beat:

Hawaii’s consumer advocate, Jeff Ono, has recommended that the Public Utilities Commission reject a petition by renewable energy groups to delay reviewing the sale of Hawaiian Electric Co. to Florida-based NextEra Energy until the commission resolves pending cases related to the electric utilities’ long-term energy plans and future business model.

Last month, the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Alliance for Solar Choice, Hawaii PV Coalition, Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaii Sierra Club filed a petition with the PUC arguing that commissioners need to first rule on several issues, including approval of HECO’s long-range energy plans, before taking up the NextEra acquisition.

The solar industry has been particularly alarmed by the sale because of NextEra’s reputation of being hostile to rooftop solar in Florida, where it operates the state’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light.

Hawaiian Electric building, Richards Street in downtown Honolulu.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NextEra announced in December that it had entered into an agreement to purchase the Hawaiian Electric companies that serve Oahu, the Big Island and Maui County in a $ 4.3 billion deal. Before it can be finalized, the PUC must determine that the de…………………continues on Honolulu Civil Beat

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How do consumers want to read travel reviews?
Article from Tnooz:

Like 95% of travelers, I read reviews before booking a hotel. The hotel experience can make or break a trip, and I want to be sure I’ve got top-notch accommodations.

NB: This is an analysis by Margaret Ady, vice president of marketing at TrustYou.

That said, reading review after review can be time-consuming and then, after looking at a handful of them, I’m often left feeling even more confused about what to expect from the hotel than before. One reviewer says that the rooms are stylish, the next says they aren’t clean, and so on.

However, there is a way that sites can present reviews to consumers which can generate trust and increase bookings.

TrustYou, in conjunction with Donna Quadri-Felitti, Academic Chair and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU, School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, recently ran a consumer study to…………………continues on Tnooz
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