Business/In Brief • Sept. 4, 2013

HECO to close Oahu plant Jan. 31

HONOLULU Hawaiian Electric Co. says it plans to deactivate its Honolulu Power Plant on Jan. 31 as it transitions to renewable energy.

Vice President of Power Supply Ron Cox of Hawaiian Electric says the closure will help the company use less oil and lower electric bills.

The plant has been operating since 1954. It has two generators that can deliver 113 megawatts of energy.

The plant would be able to be reactivated if needed to avoid a power shortage.


Suit claims illegal, unethical acts

HONOLULU – The former chief financial officer of a Honolulu tugboat and water taxi company claims she was fired after raising questions about unethical and illegal practices.

Sharon Amano filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Friday in Honolulu Circuit Court, claiming disability fraud and improper donations to members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation.

Hawaii Resource Group and its tugboat and water taxi companies hold millions of dollars’ worth of nonbid federal contracts.

Amano’s attorney David Simons tells Hawaii News Now she was fired in November after suspecting the company needed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in general excise taxes.

Hawaii Resource Group didn’t return phone calls.

The lawsuit claims a relative of the owners improperly donated company money to members of Congress.