End Hawaii's Electric Utility Monopoly Now
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Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Consumer Protection

End Hawaii's Electric Utility Monopoly Now

    1. Petition by

      Ed Wagner

      Mililani, HI

The Hawaiian Electric (HECO), Maui Electric (MECO), Hawaiian Electric Light Company ( HELCO) and Kauai Electric Utility monopolistic stranglehold on our electric rates and energy future must end if Hawaii is to become a clean energy state in a timely manner and have lower electric rates by using its abundant renewable energy resources.

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    1. Class Action Lawsuit To End Hawaiian Electric Century's Old Monopoly

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Plaintiffs are being sought from every island in our State for a class action law suit.

 As Plaintiffs, there is no obligation to do anything but sign a contract that authorizes the attorney to act on behalf of the individual signing.  He is not asking for fees or costs and the only thing that might be required is a declaration as to the individual losses. If it goes to trial some of the plaintiffs would have to testify, probably for less than two hours though they might have to wait for several hours prior to testifying.  Current time frame is uncertain. It would not be necessary for anyone to show up in court  for the next several months unless injunctive relief is sought, in which case there would be a need to be ready to testify very soon.  (Unpredictable). Outer island plaintiffs may be required to submit an affidavit in lieu of coming to Oahu. Contact attorney John Carroll at 808-526-9111 or johncarro001@hawaii.rr.com

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Tom Berg Town Hall Meeting May 29 at Ewa Makai Middle School 6-8:30 P.M.

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Retired Senator Fred Hemmings:

      "HEI is Hawaii's most egregious monopoly. It is antithetical to free enterprise to a have a monopoly with a guaranteed profit at the expense of consumers. Our Electricity is the nations highest priced hovering around 200% above the national average. HEI has made Hawaii the most dependent state on fossil fuels. HEI utility lines are a blight on the landscape. HEI executives are amongst the highest compensated in Hawaii. HEI invests excess profits in other business including over seas ventures. The solution is to break up the monopoly for the benefit of consumers."

      Honolulu City Councilman Tom Berg is hosting a Town Hall meeting at the Ewa Makai Middle School ( 91-6291 Kapolei Pky ) on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 6 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

      The topic is Hawaiian Electric Industries ( HEI ) electric utility deregulation and home energy efficiency

      This meeting is vital for Hawaii's future.

      I hope you can join us. The guest speaker is yours truly, Mr. Ed

    4. City Council Resolution Supporting the End of the HECO Monopoly

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a link to Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg's resolution supporting the end of our HECO monopoly.

      http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-122834/6rz6c65-.pdf

      He has scheduled a town hall meeting about this resolution for his constituents at Ewa Makai Middle School on May 29 at 6-8-8:30pm.

      The April 4 City Council hearing for Councilman Berg's 12-062 resolution will be up to Public Works chairman, Stanley Chang. He has refused to hear other resolutions by Tom Berg so he needs to be persuaded to hear this one. Please call or email him.

      Council Member Stanley Chang - ccldistrict4@honolulu.gov - (808) 768-5004

      Hawaii residents are being price gouged into poverty, especially outer island residents, paying over 3 times the average US cost of electricity on Oahu alone, 36.56 VS 11.88 and 40-45 cents on outer islands.

      HECO has no incentive to lower rates, and the more you save energy, the more HECO will raise rates to preserve its profits for shareholders.

    5. Procedures For Submitting Individual Complaints Against HECO with the FTC

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a Youtube presentation showing how to submit complaints directly to the FTC by phone or by FTC web form.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF-cWfubFao

    6. FTC Says Petition is a SINGLE Complaint

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Your correspondence to Chairman Jon Leibowitz regarding a utility monopoly in the State of Hawaii and the lack of renewable energy opportunities was referred to the Consumer Response Center for a reply.
       
                      The Federal Trade Commission acts in the public interest to stop business practices that violate the laws it enforces. Contacts from consumers and businesses are very important to the work of the Commission. They are often the first indication of a problem in the marketplace and may provide the initial evidence to begin an investigation.
                 
                  The Commission does not resolve individual complaints. The Commission can, however, act when it sees a pattern of possible violations developing.
                 
                  The information you have provided will be recorded in our secure online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Petition Cover Letter To FTC

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      The FTC received an electronic copy of this petition with a cover letter that can be read at the link below. Hard copy should be received on Monday, Feb 6.

      http://ecoeffecttv.org/news/812-heco-taken-to-task-by-hawaii-residents-complaint-to-federal-trade-commission.html

    9. Public Testimony For HB2400 Deregulation Bill To End HECO Monopoly

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the link to public testimony on HB2400.

      http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/Testimony/HB2400_TESTIMONY_EEP_02-02-12_.PDF

      Most of the testimony was in favor of the bill, but as expected, HECO and the Department of Consumer Advocacy ( DCA ) are against the bill. The DCA should be dissolved as a useless, wasteful entity whose allegiance is obviously with HECO time and time again instead of with the public.

      Unfortunately, the PUC was against the bill too so maybe its rejection of the HECO-AKP biofuel deal last year was a fluke.

    10. Hawaii Deregulation Bill HB2400 Seeks to End HECO's Monopoly

      Ed Wagner
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, January 23, Representative Denny Coffman of the Big Island introduced the most important and historic landmark piece of legislation since Hawaii became a state, a bill to deregulate Hawaii's electric utility industry, a bill to end Hawaiian Electric's monopolistic stranglehold on our electric rates and our energy future and to stabilize, unify, and ultimately to lower electric rates across the state.

      http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/bills/HB2400_.pdf

      The future of your children and grandchildren, and their ability to live a good life in Hawaii instead of being forced to live on the mainland, are at stake.

      Let it be known that HECO is already ramping up its unlimited financial resources to stop this bill dead in its tracks so it can maintain its stranglehold on YOUR escalating electric bills and on Hawaii’s energy future, and to continue to burn oil for another 20 years to maintain its profits at the expense of Hawaii's people and its unique environment.

    11. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dani Tow KAILUA, HI
      • 11 months ago

      HECO is greedy and dishonest and it is shameful what they are doing to Hawaii residents. We need a company who supports SOLAR

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    • Sarah Madden HONOLULU, HI
      • 12 months ago

      I am tired of the unethical stranglehold HECO has on Hawaii's residents.

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    • Mary Ann Saindon KEAAU, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      Public Utility should be for the PUBLIC, not for company profit!

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    • Darcy Apao WAIMANALO, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      Our electric bill has sky rocketed in the past 6 months! It's over $500 per month now! Just keeping our heads above water at this point!

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    • Shawn Lathrop WAIKOLOA, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      HELCO's prices are ridiculous and they rule like a mafia with their monopoly in Hawaii. They MUST be stopped!!

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