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Consultant critical of HECO's energy plan

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HONOLULU (AP) - A consultant hired by state regulators says Hawaiian Electric Co. hasn't adequately addressed how the rapid growth of solar panels is affecting the utility's grid.

Maui-based energy consultant Carl Freedman says a recent strategy report prepared by Hawaiian Electric failed to account for revenue the utility is losing as more customers install photovoltaic panels and generate their own electricity instead of buying it from HECO.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday the consultant didn't certify Hawaiian Electric's report because of these and other concerns he has.

The utility prepared the 2,200-page report to outline how it plans to meet a legally binding mandate to generate 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

HECO officials issued a statement saying they were reviewing Freedman's findings.

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