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State pans utility's energy transition plan

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HONOLULU (AP) - A state agency has filed a response criticizing an energy transition plan by Hawaiian Electric Industries, the parent company of Hawaii Electric Co.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism in an 86-page response says the utility is stuck in the past and planning benefits for itself rather than the public.

The department says utility policies maintain a traditional vertically integrated model and don't make sufficient progress on renewable energy penetration.

The agency says HECO should move to a model where it profits from transmitting and distributing rather than generating it. The department says that would allow rooftop solar, wind farms and other small players to connect to the power grid.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports HECO declined comment on the response.

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