Business/In Brief • Apr. 10, 2014

Children’s oral health gets poor grade

HONOLULU – Hawaii has more dentists per capita than any state except Massachusetts but children here have among the worst rates of tooth decay in the country.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday data from Delta Dental Plans Association found the percentage of Hawaii children who had one or more cavities in the past three years was at 48 percent.

One of the reasons for that is Hawaii’s water supply is not fluoridated, except on military bases.

The state Health Department hopes to launch a pilot program to provide dental sealant to children in low-income schools.

The Pew Center gave Hawaii an F grade in its most recent report on how well the state is protecting children from tooth decay. It’s the same grade Hawaii received the previous two years.


Hawaiian Electric wins $500,000 grant

HONOLULU – A team led by Hawaiian Electric has won a $500,000 federal grant to develop ways for utilities to manage increased amounts of solar power and other renewable energy on their electric grids.

The team includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and several companies, like Siemens and Alstom which are both leading providers of energy management systems. Honolulu-based Referentia Systems is providing secure information technology and data analytic capabilities.

Hawaiian Electric said Tuesday western U.S. utilities are already managing much higher percentages of variable energy like rooftop solar than many other utilities.

Hawaiian Electric says 11 percent of its Oahu customers have solar panels on their roofs.

The utility says the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot grant matches industry contributions.