Business / In Brief • July 3, 2013

Hawaiian Electric to close power plant

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Electric Companies says it plans to close its Honolulu Power Plant and shut down units on other islands as part of a five-year plan to use more renewable energy.

Hawaiian Electric said Monday that Honolulu Power Plant would be deactivated next year along with two of four units at Kahului Power Plant on Maui next year. The utility says it also plans to shut down two generators at Waiau Power Plant on Oahu by 2016, and the rest of the Maui plant by 2019.

The company says it is moving away from the older, oil-fired units as part of a long-term plan that calls for 15 percent of net electricity sales to come from renewables by the end of 2015.


Workers, hotel reach agreement

HONOLULU – Union workers have reached a contract agreement with one of the largest hotels in Waikiki.

The agreement ends a boycott against the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the agreement covers also Hyatt employees represented by Unite Here in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A contract for the Waikiki hotel expired in 2010.

The union declined to provide contract specifics.

Local union officials have said the main issue was subcontracting and outsourcing of jobs. Workers also wanted better working conditions for housekeepers, who have to lift heavy beds.

The national union says all proposed contracts provide retroactive wage increases and maintain health care and pension benefits.

If ratified, the contract covers workers until 2018.