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Hawaii school board disappointed with energy consultant

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HONOLULU (AP) - The chairman of Hawaii's Board of Education says he's disappointed with the firm hired to carry out a program to reduce electricity expenses.

Board members on Tuesday questioned the competence of contractor OpTerra Energy, saying they haven't seen any energy savings.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Department of Education's five-year sustainability program called Ka Hei includes solar panel installation and other energy-saving measures that would produce $1.1 billion in savings over 25 years.

OpTerra Regional Manager Brian Kealoha says the electricity utility has been slow to approve photovoltaic applications.

Board Chairman Dan Horner and others questioned why the consultant hasn't done energy audits of all schools.

The Legislature reduced the department's utilities funding next year by $9 million. The department is asking for $13 million to cover energy costs.

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