Energy News

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2015
Apr 13
2015
Local Industry NewsIllustration credit: Blanche Pope Elementary School 4th graders

Apr. 17  PBN: Hawaii seeks to address EV chargin staiton challenge at condos

Apr. 17  PBN: Hawaii-based Pelatron plans to develop waste-to-energy projects across the state

Apr. 17  PV Magazine: Hawaiian utility bids to slash net metering payments

Apr. 16  KITV: Solar companies urge customers to act before new rules take effect

Apr. 16  Star-Advertiser: Oahu electric rates continue to decline

Apr. 16  Star-Advertiser: Consumers give feedback at NextEra-HEI meetings

Apr. 16  Lahaina News: NextEra Energy, HECO merger explained at Lahaina meeting

Apr. 16  Utility Dive: Report: Hawaii can get to 100% renewables, 70% in short term

Apr. 16  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Co.'s capital expenditures estimated at $1.6B in 2016-17

Apr. 15  PBN: Hawaii can't afford to wait for Hawaiian Electric Co. to transform itself, NextEra Energy says

Apr. 15  Star-Advertiser: 100% renewable energy is better for local jobs

Apr. 14  Star-Advertiser: Solar industry questions HECO's count of PV approvals

Apr. 14  PBN: Hawaii energy park strikes deal with Sandia National Laboratories to test energy storage

Apr. 14  Civil Beat: NextEra: An evening with the illustionist

Apr. 14  Star-Advertiser: Companies tout clean energy, customer savings

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: Maui Electric plans could stall move to total use of renewable energy

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: Could Hawaii geothermal plant be come a windfall for public?

Apr. 13  Civil Beat: OHA said to be 'tight-lipped' on geothermal investment

Apr. 13  Star- Advertiser: Energy cooperative ready to take root on Hawaii Island

Apr. 13  PBN: Hawaii can support a 100 percent renewable energy goal, new report says

Apr. 13  PBN: Hawaii to convert diesel equipment, vehicles to biodiesel fuel blend

Apr. 13  PBN: Honolulu gas prices continue to drop

Apr. 12  Hawaii Tribune-Herald: OHA remains tight-lipped on geothermal investment

NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric Open House schedule

Learn more about NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric's plans for Hawaii's energy future at open houses that have been scheduled in April. Each open house will be held from 5–8pm:

Hawaii Island

April 13 Hilo, Hawaii: Hilo High School Cafeteria; Puna, Hawaii: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
April 14 West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria; Waimea, Hawaii: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall

Oahu

April 15 West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria; Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
April 16 Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room; Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa

ILLUSTRATION CREDIT: Blanche Pope Elementary School 4th Graders: Mrs. Uta‘i's class

Apr 06
2015
Local Industry News

Apr. 11  PBS: Gridlocked by the power grid: Why Hawaii's solar industry is at a crossroads

Apr. 11  PBS: A tale of two grid defectors: Why some are quitting electric companies in Hawaii

Apr. 10  PBN: Pierre Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative, Blue Planet's Henk Rogers invest in Honolulu tech startup

Apr. 10  PBN: Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Energy launches statewide ad campaign

Apr. 10  Utility Dive: HECO partners with the Navy for 50MW solar array at Pearl Harbor

Apr. 10  Star-Advertiser: Oil--not renewables--touted as islands' linchpin

Apr. 9  PBN: Owner of state's largest refinery says it could grow even more in Hawaii

Apr. 9  KHON: Maintaining Hawaii's energy security

Apr. 8  Civil Beat: Arakawa: Maui County to explore buying MECO, forming co-op

Apr. 8  PBN: LNG doesn't make economical sense for Hawaii, Par Petroleum CEO says

Apr. 8  PBN: Navy, Hawaiian Electric planning major solar PV project in West Oahu

Apr. 8  Star-Advertiser: City again OKs fewer solar permits

Apr. 8  Star-Advertiser: Isles could reap benefits in '16 from solar-and-battery systems

Apr. 8  Maui News: Arakawa: County to explore buying MECO, forming co-op

Apr. 8  Utility Dive: Florida utility battles pit solar advocates against natural gas expansion

Apr. 8  Utility Dive: NextEra adds $640M, 400 MW to its Colorado wind investments

Apr. 7  PBN: Hawaii begins work on major policy initiative to reach 100% clean energy

Apr. 7  PBN: Solar-plus-battery makes economic sense in Honolulu, new report says

Apr. 7  Star-Advertiser: HECO approves 2,000 rooftop solar systems

Apr. 7  Star-Advertiser: Meetings set on NextEra's HEI purchase

Apr. 6  Civil Beat: Going vertical and green in Kakaako

Apr. 6  PBN: Hawaiian Electric approves 3,212 rooftop solar energy systems

Apr. 6  PBN: Hawaii's major transportation energy report to be unveiled in June

Apr. 6  E&E News: Hawaii utility commits to highest-in-nation level for rooftop solar on circuits, but can grid handle it?

Apr. 6  PBN: NextEra Energy to build $640M Colorado wind farms

Apr. 6  Star-Advertiser: Bikeshare expects to be road ready by early 2016

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32740 ADDRESSING INTERVENTION REQUEST SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32739  ESTABLISHING ISSUES AND INITIAL PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE, AND ADDRESSING RELATED MATTERS. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Apr. 1  ORDER NO. 32738 DENYING "DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY'S MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE'S PROPOSED PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE AND AN EXTENSION OF TIME FROM THE AUGUST 31, 2015 DEADLINE TO COMPLETE ALL DISCOVER AND FILE ALL TESTIMONY" AND CLARIFYING CERTAIN PROCEDURES. In the Matter of the Application of  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. Docket No. 2015-0022

Mar. 31  DECISION AND ORDER NO. 32736  APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO MODIFY RULE 14H - INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATING FACILITIES OPERATING IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMPANIES' ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited; Docket No. 2014-0130

Mar. 31 ORDER NO. 32735 INSTITUTING AN INVESTIGATION TO REEXAMINE THE EXISTING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC., AND MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITEDMODIFYING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS AND ESTABLISHING BRIEFING SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2013-0141

Mar. 31 ORDER NO. 32737 INSTITUTING A PROCEEDING TO INVESTIGATE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE POLICIES. GRANTING MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, CONSOLIDATING AND INCORPORATING RELATED DOCKETS, AND ESTABLISHING STATEMENT OF ISSUES AND PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2014-0192

Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Apr. 1: The committee(s) on CPN recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in CPN were as follows: 5 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Kahele, Kidani, Nishihara, Wakai; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Taniguchi, Slom.Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none.Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

Mar 24
2015
Public Utilities Commission

Apr. 1

Mar. 31  DECISION AND ORDER NO. 32736  APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO MODIFY RULE 14H - INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATING FACILITIES OPERATING IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMPANIES' ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited; Docket No. 2014-0130

Mar. 31  ORDER NO. 32735 INSTITUTING AN INVESTIGATION TO REEXAMINE THE EXISTING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC., AND MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITEDMODIFYING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS AND ESTABLISHING BRIEFING SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2013-0141

Mar. 31  ORDER NO. 32737 INSTITUTING A PROCEEDING TO INVESTIGATE DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE POLICIES. GRANTING MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, CONSOLIDATING AND INCORPORATING RELATED DOCKETS, AND ESTABLISHING STATEMENT OF ISSUES AND PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE; Public Utilities Commission; Docket No. 2014-0192

Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Apr. 1: The committee(s) on CPN recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in CPN were as follows: 5 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Kahele, Kidani, Nishihara, Wakai; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Taniguchi, Slom. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none. Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

Local Industry News

Apr. 3  PBN: Rule change to allow more Hawaii homeowners to install solar PV systems

Apr. 3  PBN: Hawaii regulators set timetable for NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric sale case

Apr. 3  PBN: Navy granted access to Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy sale

Apr. 3  PBN: National Tropical Botanical Garden launches energy efficiency capital campaign

Apr. 2  KHON: Group rallies against bill that could hurt ride-sharing companies like Uber

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii sets bigger renewable energy goals, new initiatives

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii regulators shaking up way Hawaiian Electric makes money

Apr. 2  PBN: Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative officially ends after seven-year run

Apr. 2  PBN: Par Petroleum closes on $107M purchase of Hawaii's Mid Pac Petroleum

Apr. 1  Greentech Media: Hawaii's utility is approving a backlog of more than 3,000 solar installations

Apr. 1  Civil Beat: Blue Planet blasts Hawaii PUC ruling

Apr. 1  Star-Advertiser: Make way for rooftop solar, company told

Apr. 1  PBN: Hawaii's Sunetric has $22M worth of backlogged rooftop solar PV projects

Apr. 1  Maui News: Rooftop solar shouldn't be scapegoat for HECO

Mar. 31  PBN: Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy say 'no' to sale deadline extension

Mar. 31  Star-Advertiser: Feds okay NextEra's purchase of HEI

Mar. 30  KHON2: Energy commission gives approval to proposed NextEra/HEI merger

Mar. 30  Utility Dive: HECO clears PV interconnection queues in Maui, Hawaii Islands

Mar. 30  Civil Beat: Feds give OK to NextEra purchase of Hawaiian Electric

Mar. 30  Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric sale to NextEra gets federal approval

Mar. 30  PBN: Feds OK NextEra Energy's $4.3B acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Co.

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: NextEra: The right partner for Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: Better technology threatens archaic utility monopolies

Mar. 29  Star-Advertiser: We need diverse energy solutions, including rooftop PV

Mar. 28  Star-Advertiser: Battery gets touted as electricity generation aid

 
Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 23  Blue Planet Foundation's Response to Proposed Procedural Orders in the matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Nextera Energy, Inc. for Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters (Docket No. 2015-0022)

NextEra Energy-Hawaiian Electric Open House schedule

Learn more about NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric's plans for Hawaii's energy future at open houses that have been scheduled in April. Each open house will be held from 5–8pm:

Maui County

April 7 Central Maui: Maui Electric Auditorium; South Maui: Kihei Community Center
April 8 West Maui: Lahaina Civic Center; Lanai: Lanai Community Center
April 9 Molokai: Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria

Hawaii Island

April 13 Hilo, Hawaii: Hilo High School Cafeteria; Puna, Hawaii: Pahoa High School Cafeteria
April 14 West Hawaii: Kealakehe High School Cafeteria; Waimea, Hawaii: HPA Village Campus Dining Hall

Oahu

April 15 West Oahu: Kapolei High School Cafeteria; Leeward Oahu: Pearl City High School Cafeteria
April 16 Honolulu: Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room; Windward Oahu: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa

Mar 23
2015
Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1, SD1: Mar. 27: Public decision making scheduled by CPN, Wed., Apr. 1, 9:30am, Room 229  Mar. 17The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and one hundred per cent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices and the cost of fuel volatility to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2 SD1)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2, HD2: Mar. 27: Recommended referral to FIN. Mar. 25: The committees on CPC recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Woodson, Belatti, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, C. Lee, Nakashima, San Buenaventura, Takayama, Yamane, Fukumoto Chang; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Har, Kawakami, Oshiro, McDermott; Noes: none; and Excused: none. Requires electric utilities to file proposed community-based renewable energy tariffs with the public utilities commission by October 1, 2015. Authorizes ratepayer participation in eligible community-based renewable energy projects. (SB1050 HD2)

HB484, HD2: Mar. 19: The Committees on ENE and CPN deferred the measure. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. (HB484 HD2)

Local Industry News

Mar. 27  Utility Dive: Hawaii agency questions details of $4.3B NextEra-HECO deal

Mar. 27  PBN: Hawaii Gas reviewing proposals for $300M LNG project

Mar. 27  PBN: Maui Energy Conference attendance spikes 15% with merger talk front and center

Mar. 27  PBN: HEI CEO touts NextEra's goals

Mar. 27  PBN: Undersea cable project sparked NextEra Energy's interest in buying Hawaiian Electric

Mar. 26  Civil Beat: Hawaiian Electric CEO: We will continue to pursue LNG

Mar. 26  Star-Advertiser: HECO cleared backlog of PV approvals on Maui and Big Island

Mar. 26  PBN: Is NextEra Energy bringing drones to Hawaii?

Mar. 26  PBN: Dip in oil prices slows Hawaiian Electric's LNG project

Mar. 26  PBN: Hawiian Electric unveils new electric vehicle savings tool

Mar. 26  PBN: Honolulu to spend $16M on solar energy projects

Mar. 25  PBN: Few opt out of Hawaiian Electric smart meter pilot

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaii looking for nonprofits to help with solar energy system installations

Mar. 25  Civil Beat: NextEra President: We don't have all the answers

Mar. 25  Civil Beat: Lawmakers consider funding private projects with state revenue bonds

Mar. 25  Hawaii News Now: PUC members under fire for extensive travel

Mar. 25  PBN: Maui County islands can attain 100% renewable energy, mayor says

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaiian Electric must be out front in technology, Alan Oshima tells Maui Energy Conference

Mar. 25  Star-Advertiser: Nonprofits poised to save on energy

Mar. 25  Utility Dive: Hawaii lawmakers consider bills to check NextEra-HECO merger

Mar. 25  PBN: State agency wants more details on proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy

Mar. 25  PBN: Navy wants say in Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy acquisition

Mar. 25  PBN: Hawaii solar tax credit dollars dropped $60M in 2013

Mar. 24  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries sets date for shareholder meeting on NextEra acquisition

Mar. 24  Star-Advertiser: 13 community meetings planned for Hawaii energy merger

Mar. 24  PBN: Honolulu Seawater A/C project clears federal environmental hurdle

Mar. 24  PBN: $1.6B Hawaii offshore wind energy project could be operational in 2020

Mar. 23  Greentech Media: Forget Utility 2.0—the power sector needs 'regulation of the future'

Mar. 23  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny Parker Ranch's subsidiary's request to consolidate major energy cases

Mar. 23  PBN: Hawaii gas prices stuck in idle after rising over the past month

Mar. 22  Star-Advertiser: LTE: Mandate 100 percent renewable power

Mar. 20  PBN: Major offshore wind energy project planned for Hawaii waters

Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 23  Blue Planet Foundation's Response to Proposed Procedural Orders in the matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Nextera Energy, Inc. for Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters (Docket No. 2015-0022)

Mar 17
2015
Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony hereIncreases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2)

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2Mar. 17: The committees on EEP recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 9 Ayes: Representative(s) C. Lee, Lowen, Cullen, Evans, Ing, Nishimoto, Yamane, Pouha, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Say. Establishes the community-based renewable energy program, which allows the public utilities commission to establish a tariff that allows all electric utility customers to obtain an interest in a portion of an eligible renewable energy project that is providing electricity to the electric utility and receive compensation for the energy provided to the electric utility.

HB484, HD2: Hearing scheduled before the Senate ENE/CPN Committees on Thursday, Mar. 19, 3:30pm, Room 225. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants.

Local Industry News

Mar. 20  PBN: Major offshore wind energy project proposed for Hawaii waters

Mar. 20  PBN: Henk Rogers: Pick up pace on energy

Mar. 19  PBN: Hawaii's Alternate Energy acquires Honolulu solar firm Risource Energy

Mar. 18  Star-Advertiser: Isle electrical bills decreasing

Mar. 18  PBN: New eco-transport gadgets at Hawaii's Battery Bill's

Mar. 17  PBN: NextEra Energy received $2B in federal subsidies, new report says

Mar. 16  PBN: $90M Kauai energy plant to begin selling power to utility in May

Mar. 16  PBN: Hawaii energy park has total economic impact of $123M, UHERO report says

Mar. 16  PBN: Hawaii Electric and Light Co. spends $2M to deal with Big Island lava flow

Mar. 15  Star-Advertiser: State should see ambitious energy goals

Mar 09
2015
Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1: Hearing scheduled before Senate ENE Committee on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2:45pm, Room 225. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Establishes renewable standards, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance for large self-generators. Clarifies exemptions. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements.

Community Solar

SB1050, SD2: Hearing scheduled before the House EEP Committee on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 8:30am, Room 325. Establishes the community-based renewable energy program, which allows the public utilities commission to establish a tariff that allows all electric utility customers to obtain an interest in a portion of an eligible renewable energy project that is providing electricity to the electric utility and receive compensation for the energy provided to the electric utility.

 

Local Industry News

Mar. 13  PBN: Entrepreneur Henk Rogers tells real estate execs: Help Hawaii move more quickly toward renewable energy

Mar. 12  Star-Advertiser: First time for Tesla at Hawaii Auto Show

Mar. 11  PBN: NextEra Energy expects to spend $34B on energy projects in next 3 years

Mar. 11: PBN: AES Hawaii coal plant faces dim future with NextEra Energy in charge

Mar. 11  PBN: Parker Ranch's Paniolo Power wants Hawaii's major energy issues consolidated

Mar. 11  West Hawaii Today: Paniolo power seeks consolidation of utility decisions before PUC

Mar. 11  Climate Progress: Here's another thing to love about Hawaii

Mar. 11  EcoWatch: Will Hawaii be the first state to go 100% renewable?

Mar. 11  Star-Advertiser: Governor's energy policy: Diversity is the key

Mar. 11  PBN: Toyota Hawaii to sell "Mirai" hydrogen fuel cell car here in 2016

Mar. 10  PBN: $250M Honolulu Seawater A/C project signs on Central Pacific Bank headquarters

Mar. 10  PBN: Major offshore wind energy developers took a look at Hawaii

Mar. 10  KHON: Oahu rooftop solar approvals down 40 percent

Mar. 10  Star-Advertiser: Isles slip in solar ranking

Mar. 10  Star-Advertiser: Time is of the essence to apply for rooftop solar

Mar. 10  PBN: Ethisphere Institute names NextEra Energy one of the world's most ethical companies

Mar. 9  KHON: Lawmakers consider ditching ethanol mandate for gasoline

Mar. 9  PBN: Oahu's solar PV market continues to tumble

Mar. 9  Star-Advertiser: Oahu solar permits down 40% in February

Mar. 8  Star-Advertiser: 4 cases lie ahead of decision on HEI's sale

Mar. 7  AP: New concept in solar energy poised to catch on across U.S.

Mar. 7  Star-Advertiser: Bills offering bold renewable energy goals gain traction

Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 2, 2015  ORDER NO. 32695.  Initiating proceedings; establishing standards of review, initial statement of issues, and initial procedures; and addressing intervention requests in the matter of the application of HECO, HELCO, MECO, and NextEra Energy for approval of the proposed change of control and related matters. See highlights from the order.

Feb. 27, 2015  Letter co-signed by PUC Chair Randy Iwase and Hawaiian Electric Co. CEO Alan Oshima "to address the present matter concerning residential interconnections and to avoid future unilateral action by the HECO Companies regarding the issuance of letters of general application relating to the denial or delay of interconnection of residential rooftop photovoltaic ("PV") systems to the grid..."

Feb. 24, 2015  Hawaiian Electric files its annual RPS report, showing 21.3% renewable generation (1,913,561 MWh) in 2014.

Mar 04
2015

The following commentary was published in the Mar. 4 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Mahalo to Blue Planet Board Members Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, and Dr. Peter Crouch for sharing this vision.

Why Hawai‘i must strive for 100 percent renewables

By Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, Dr. Peter Crouch

Under the state’s existing renewable energy laws, in 2031—around the time today’s pre-schoolers will graduate high school—the majority of our energy could still come from fossil fuels. We owe it to the kids growing up today, and the ones following them, to do better than that.

Climate reality is everywhere: eroding coastlines, dying coral reefs, droughts, floods, extreme weather. In Hawai‘i, big rains are bigger and more frequent, we’re getting less trade wind days, and we’ve recorded the hottest average high temperatures on record. Sea-level rise will soak Waikiki before the end of the century. Knowing that the single most important thing we can do about all this is to stop burning fossil fuels, will we commit today to securing hope for a stable climate tomorrow?

In 2008, theState of Hawai‘i and the Hawaiian Electric Companies acknowledged and agreed:

“The future of Hawai‘i requires that we move more decisively and irreversibly away from imported fossil fuel for electricity and transportation and towards indigenously produced renewable energy and an ethic of energy efficiency. The very future of our land, our economy and our quality of life is at risk if we do not make this move and we do so for the future of Hawai‘i and of the generations to come.”

With this declaration, they set the target of 40% renewable power by 2030. We can do better.

In 2014, Hawaiian Electric proposed to beat the 40% target with 65% renewable electricity by 2030. We can do even better.

The legislature is currently considering bills targeting 100% renewable electricity (SB 715, HB 623, HB 1512). We have the resources, the technology, and the will to achieve this target by 2040, if not sooner.

Elsewhere, 100% renewable goals are becoming a norm. The island nations of Iceland and Tokelau are already 100% renewably powered. Denmark has committed to 100% renewable heat and electricity by 2035. Scotland is targeting 100% renewable generation by 2020. U.S. cities including San Franciscoand San Jose have committed to 100% renewable power within the next decade.

In 2014, the Public Utilities Commission reported to the legislature that because of our renewable targets and related policies, there is “no doubt that Hawaii is further along the path to increased utilization of renewable and indigenous resources, reduction in use of imported petroleum fuels and diversifying its fuel portfolio.” The effectiveness of the target is apparent when you compare the greening of electricity with that of natural gas (which has no renewable targets). Today, Hawai‘i gets twice as much electricity from renewables as we did six years ago, but less than half the renewable natural gas that was produced in 2009.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen tremendous progress in clean energy technology and policies, as well as a rising tide of citizens intent on reversing climate change. With continued action in these areas—building on progress like advanced rooftop solar inverters to accommodate high solar penetration, an 80% drop in solar power module prices since 2008, a strong barrel tax and greenhouse gas laws, solar hot water on every new home, low-cost green financing, and a movement to divest our university’s investments of fossil fuel companies—Hawai‘i is leading the way.

Noted business author Joel A. Barker has said, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” We must pass legislation that can steer us to our goal of 100% renewable power. By marrying our actions with this vision, we can change Hawai‘i and the world.

 

Feb 27
2015
Legislative Update

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1: Mar. 3: The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 15 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Cachola, Cullen, DeCoite, Johanson, Jordan, Keohokalole, Kobayashi, Lowen, Onishi, Tokioka, Yamashita, Pouha, Ward; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 0 Excused: none. . Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Establishes renewable standards, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance for large self-generators. Clarifies exemptions. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements.

SB715 SD1: CPN Hearing, Wednesday, 3/4 at 10am, Room 229. SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE. Defines "large self-generator". Increases renewable portfolio standards to seventy per cent by 12/31/2035 and one hundred per cent by 12/31/2040, unless the acquisition of renewable energy is not beneficial to Hawaii's economy. Establishes renewable standards for new large self-generators. Subjects new large self-generators to applicable renewable standards. Clarifies and establishes events or circumstances that are outside of an electric company's or new large self-generator's reasonable control. Establishes new large self-generator reporting requirements to the public utilities commission. Requires the public utilities commission to report on cost-effectiveness of renewable portfolio standards to address the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices.

HB1512 HD2: Referred to FIN. Waiting for hearing to be scheduled. Establishes performance-based regulation of electric utility companies by the Public Utilities Commission.

Community Solar

HB484, HD2: Mar. 3: The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 15 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Cachola, Cullen, DeCoite, Johanson, Keohokalole, Lowen, Onishi, Tokioka, Yamashita, Pouha, Ward; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Jordan, Kobayashi; Noes: none; and Excused: none. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants.

SB1050, SD1: Feb. 27: The committees on WAM recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in WAM were as follows: 9 Aye(s): Senator(s) Tokuda, Kouchi, Dela Cruz, English, Galuteria, Harimoto, Riviere, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Inouye ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Chun Oakland, Ruderman. Establishes the community-based renewable energy program, which allows the public utilities commission to establish a tariff that allows all electric utility customers to obtain an interest in a portion of an eligible renewable energy project that is providing electricity to the electric utility and receive compensation for the energy provided to the electric utility.

Public Utilities Commission

Mar. 2, 2015  ORDER NO. 32695.  Initiating proceedings; establishing standards of review, initial statement of issues, and initial procedures; and addressing intervention requests in the matter of the application of HECO, HELCO, MECO, and NextEra Energy for approval of the proposed change of control and related matters. See highlights from the order.

Feb. 27, 2015  Letter co-signed by PUC Chair Randy Iwase and Hawaiian Electric Co. CEO Alan Oshima "to address the present matter concerning residential interconnections and to avoid future unilateral action by the HECO Companies regarding the issuance of letters of general application relating to the denial or delay of interconnection of residential rooftop photovoltaic ("PV") systems to the grid..."

Feb. 24, 2015  Hawaiian Electric files its annual RPS report, showing 21.3% renewable generation (1,913,561 MWh) in 2014.

Local Industry News

Mar. 7  KHON: Uber, Lyft facing tougher restrictions in Hawaii

Mar. 5  PBN: Hawaii commercial solar energy market a race to beat the tax credit deadline

Mar. 5  PBN: Maui solar firm that helped install Ala Moana's PV system files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Mar. 5  PBN: Honolulu No. 5 most electric vehicle friendly city in the nation, Chargepoint says

Mar. 5  PBN: Hawaii solar firm adds lighting division aimed at businesses

Mar. 5  Civil Beat: Much-touted green energy program falls far short of the hype

Mar. 5  Star-Advertiser: Council panel approves car-sharing parking bill

Mar. 4  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii's renewable energy goal should be 100%

Mar. 4  Star-Advertiser: 28 groups to take part in PUC review

Mar. 4  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny energy groups' petition on sale of HECO to NextEra Energy

Mar. 3  PBN: Hawaii regulators grant access to all entities in NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger case

Mar. 3  Star-Advertiser: HECO wants greenbacks more than green energy

Mar. 3  Hawaii News Now: Auto experts say electric vehicles haven't lost luster

Mar. 3  PBN: Some Hawaii Electric Co. customers wait more than a year to connect rooftop solar to the grid

Mar. 2  Civil Beat: How come our electric bills are still so high?

Mar. 2  Greentech: Friction at the grid edge: Hawaii PUC orders HECO to approve solar rooftops

Mar. 2  Utility Dive: Regulators: HECO must continue to interconnect rooftop solar systems

Mar. 1  Star-Advertiser: NextEra offering premium price for HEI, analyst says

Mar. 1  Star-Advertiser: Bills would give customers piece of the energy business

Mar. 1  Star-Advertiser: Who should own the electric compamy?

Feb. 28  Star-Advertiser: HECO drops solar freeze

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2015
Legislative Update

Community Solar

HB484, HD2: FIN Hearing, Tuesday, 3/3 at 1:30pm, Room 308. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants.

SB1050, SD1: WAM Hearing, Friday 2/27 at 1pm, Room 211: PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in WAM were as follows: 9 Aye(s): Senator(s) Tokuda, Kouchi, Dela Cruz, English, Galuteria, Harimoto, Riviere, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Inouye ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Chun Oakland, Ruderman. Establishes the community-based renewable energy program, which allows the public utilities commission to establish a tariff that allows all electric utility customers to obtain an interest in a portion of an eligible renewable energy project that is providing electricity to the electric utility and receive compensation for the energy provided to the electric utility.

100% Renewable

HB623, HD1: FIN Hearing, Tuesday, 3/3 at 1:30pm, Room 308. SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Establishes renewable standards, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance for large self-generators. Clarifies exemptions. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements.

SB715 SD1: CPN Hearing, Wednesday, 3/4 at 10am, Room 229. SUBMIT TESTIMONY ONLINE. Defines "large self-generator". Increases renewable portfolio standards to seventy per cent by 12/31/2035 and one hundred per cent by 12/31/2040, unless the acquisition of renewable energy is not beneficial to Hawaii's economy. Establishes renewable standards for new large self-generators. Subjects new large self-generators to applicable renewable standards. Clarifies and establishes events or circumstances that are outside of an electric company's or new large self-generator's reasonable control. Establishes new large self-generator reporting requirements to the public utilities commission. Requires the public utilities commission to report on cost-effectiveness of renewable portfolio standards to address the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices.

HB1512 HD2: Referred to FIN. Waiting for hearing to be scheduled. Establishes performance-based regulation of electric utility companies by the Public Utilities Commission.

Public Utilities Commission

Feb. 24, 2015  Hawaiian Electric files its annual RPS report, showing 21.3% renewable generation (1,913,561 MWh) in 2014.

Feb. 18, 2015.  Blue Planet Foundation's Motion to Intervene in the Matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and NextEra Energy, Inc., For Approval of the Proposed Change of Control and Related Matters. (Docket 2015-0022). Blue Planet is seeking to be an intervening party during the proceedings regarding NextEra's proposed acquisition of Hawaiian Electric. Motions to intervene were also filed by Life of the Land, Renewable Energy Action Coalition of Hawaii, Inc., Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, County of Maui, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Friends of Lanai, Puna Pono Alliance, County of Hawaii, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1260, Ulupono Initiative, The Alliance for Solar Choice, AES Hawaii, Sunpower Corporation, Tawhiri Power LLC, Hawaii PV Coalition, Paniolo Power Company, LLC, The Gas Company, LLC dba Hawaii Gas, Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance, State of Hawaii Office of Planning, State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc., Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i Hawaiian Civic Club, Sierra Club, SunEdison, Inc., and Hina Power Corp, Inc.

Local Industry News

Feb. 27  KITV4: Hawaiian Electric Co. and Public Utilities Commission reach agreement

Feb. 27  KHON2: HECO, PUC reach agreement on solar approvals

Feb. 27  Star-Advertiser: PUC orders HECO to approve solar systems

Feb. 27  PBN: Hawaiian Electric, NextEra Energy execs to keynote Maui Energy Conference in March

Feb. 27  Star-Advertiser: AES Hawaii tops emissions list, followed by HECO, military

Feb. 27  Utility Dive: HECO accused of slowing solar interconnects to max out NextEra merger value

Feb. 26  KHON: PUC to issue order after solar letter, HECO apologizes for confusion

Feb. 26  KITV: Trends and talkers: HECO

Feb. 26  Civil Beat: Renowned climate change author faults HECO for blocking solar

Feb. 26  Star-Advertiser: HECO should hasten rooftop solar approvals

Feb. 26: PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries CEO Connie Lau made $5.6M in 2014

Feb. 26  PBN: Drop in oil prices may not affect Honolulu Seawater A/C project

Feb. 26  PBN: Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone looks at going off the grid with microgrid project

Feb. 26: PBN: University of Hawaii adopts carbon-neutral by 2050 policy

Feb. 26  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Co. says it generates 21% of its power from renewable energy

Feb. 25  KHON: HECO stops some solar approvals while awaiting PUC decision

Feb. 25  KITV: HECO wants lower buyback rate before new solar is approved

Feb. 25  Sustainable Business: Hawaii reaches 21% renewable energy

Feb. 25  PBN: NextEra Energy, firm buying Hawaiian Electric, is 'admired company'

Feb. 25  PBN: Sunetric's parent company reports losses due to backlogged rooftop solar projects

Feb. 25  PBN: Hawaiian Electric has approved 548 rooftop solar systems in 2015

Feb. 25  Star-Advertiser: HECO holds solar hostage

Feb. 24  Hawaii News Now: Iwase confirmed to lead Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Feb, 24  PBN: Randy Iwase confirmed as chairman of Hawaii PUC

Feb. 23  PBN: CEO of NextEra Energy, Florida firm buying Hawaiian Electric, made $12.2M in 2014

Feb. 22  Star-Advertiser: Legislature can help PUC fulfill key role

 

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