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Harsh words from former U.S. Energy Secretary about HECO policy

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A former U.S. Energy Secretary has used an expletive to describe HECO's controversial slowdown on home solar installations.

Since September of 2013, homeowners have been required to get HECO's approvoal before getting solar installed. And since then, the booming home solar industry has slowed to a trickle.

The utility says the slowdown is needed to ensure grid stability.

But in a Forbes Magazine interview, former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is quoted as saying, "That's a bull$@%# argument. Solar installations don't threaten grid stability until they approach 20 percent of the customer base."

HECO says solar saturation on Oahu has reached 11 percent and insists it is an advocate of renewable energy. They say the forced slowdown is needed to ensure safety.

Chu's main point in the Forbes article is that utilities face extinction if they fight the home solar revolution instead of embracing it.

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