Energy News

Feb 27
2015
Legislative Update

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.

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.

Public Utilities Commission

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. 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

Feb 22
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

 

Feb 09
2015
Legislative Hearings

Community Solar

SB 1050, Thu, 2/12, 2:45pm, Room 225

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

Feb. 11 West Hawaii Today: HECO: Power bills going down

Feb. 11 Star-Advertiser: Hawaii electric bills to drop $9.77 in February

Feb. 11  PBN: Former Hawaiian Electric CEO joins energy storage company's board of directors

Feb. 11  Civil Beat: Hawaii lawmakers hear bill to repeal undersea cable law

Feb. 10  PBN: 5 Bikeshare Hawaii questions answered

Feb. 10  Star-Advertiser: Solar gear not assessed, so city gives no exemption

Feb. 10  Star-Advertiser: House tackles proposed rideshare legislation

Feb. 9  PBN: Dip in oil prices could lead to lower expenses for Honolulu office buildings

Feb. 9  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Co. defends its new rooftop solar plan

Feb. 9  PBN: Oahu's solar photovoltaic industry reaches four-year low for permits

Feb. 9  Star-Advertiser: UH-Manoa saved $3.4M on last year's power bill

Feb. 6  IEEE Spectrum: Does Hawaii Need a Unified Grid?

 

Feb 01
2015

Legislative Hearings

100% Renewable by 2040

SB 715: Tues, 2/3, 2:45pm, Conference Room 225

RELATING TO RENEWABLE STANDARDS.

Defines "large self-generator".  Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 per cent by 12/31/2035 and 100 per cent by 12/31/2040, unless the acquisition of renewable energy is not beneficial to Hawaii's economy.  Establishes renewable standards for large self-generators.  Subjects large self-generators to applicable renewable standards.  Clarifies and establishes events or circumstances that are outside of an electric company's or large self-generator's reasonable control.  Establishes 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.

HB 623: Tues, 2/3, 8:30am, Conference Room 325

RELATING TO RENEWABLE STANDARDS.

Defines "large self-generator".  Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 per cent by 12/31/2035 and 100 per cent by 12/31/2040, unless the acquisition of renewable energy is not beneficial to Hawaii's economy.  Establishes renewable standards for large self-generators.  Subjects large self-generators to applicable renewable standards.  Clarifies and establishes events or circumstances that are outside of an electric company's or large self-generator's reasonable control.  Establishes 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.

Community Solar

HB 484: Tues, 2/3, 8:30am, Conference Room 325

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs to take effect by 1/1/16. Defines community-based renewable energy tariffs. Provides that projects up to one megawatt are subject to PUC-approved interconnection processes and projects greater than one megawatt are subject to PUC review and approval.

Local Industry News

Feb. 6  PBN: Former Hawaii PUC Chair Hermina Morita will advise House committee on policy issues

Feb. 5  PBN: Hawaii's largest oil refinery turning to other markets, including South America

Feb. 4  Civil Beat: Hawaii consumer advocate: Review of NextEra deal should proceed

Feb. 4:  PBN: Hawaii Gas starts conversation with NextEra regarding LNG

Feb. 4:  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii among top 10 states for green building

Feb. 4   Star-Advertiser: Energy bills would raise 'green' goal for state's power grid

Feb. 4:  PBN: Hawaii ranks sixth in the US for green buildings

Feb. 3:  Star-Advertiser: HECO completes an upgrade for rooftop solar integration

Feb. 3:  PBN: Chevron Hawaii operation likely to be sold later this year

Feb. 3   Civil Beat: Clean energy advocates push for 100 percent renewables

Feb. 3:  PBN: Hawaii Gas moves forward with plans to begin bulk shipment of LNG to Hawaii

Feb. 2  Civil Beat: Honolulu gas at $3 a gallon, first time since 2009

Feb. 2  PBN: Honolulu Seawater A/C could be cooling Kakaako condos

Feb. 2  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii Island group explores alternative for electrical utility

Feb. 2  PV Magazine: NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric propose merger

Feb. 2  Utility Dive: HECO, NextEra file merger application, launch distributed energy tracking program

Feb. 2  PBN: Hawaii Energy Office restructures its internal branches

Feb. 1  Star-Advertiser: Work to prevent future oil leaks, companies told

Jan. 30  Star-Advertiser: HECO launches online site to monitor renewable energy projects

Jan. 30  Forbes: What is at stake for Hawaii in NextEra Energy-HECO merger

 

Jan 26
2015
Local Industry News

Jan. 29  PBN: NextEra, Hawaiian Electric say acquisition will save customers $60M

Jan. 29  Star-Advertiser: NextEra files with PUC, says it will save customers $60M

Jan. 29  PBN: Hawaii solar groups want HECO's new rooftop solar plan to be rejected

Jan. 29  PBN: First Wind's major solar farm on Oahu's North Shore gets review from city

Jan. 29  PBN: Hawaii to save $1.25B in a year from plummeting oil prices, UHERO report says

Jan. 29  Civil Beat: Legislators find NextEra and HECO execs short on details

Jan. 29  PBN: Hawaiian Electric, NextEra application to be submitted to Hawaii regulators Thursday

Jan. 29  Star-Advertiser: Lower power bills broached

Jan. 29  Star-Advertiser: 42,000-gallon jet fuel spill may have started weeks ago

Jan. 28  Greentech Media: Charting Hawaii's spectacular solar growth

Jan. 28  PBN: Energy Industries moving headquarters to make way for Honolulu rail project

Jan. 28  Hawaii News Now: Local connection: NextEra & HECO

Jan. 28  Star-Advertiser: NextEra lifted by strong fourth-quarter earnings

Jan. 28  Star-Advertiser: HECO solar boost safe, test finds

Jan. 28  PBN: The story behind Randy Iwase's nomination to head Hawaii PUC

Jan. 27  Forbes: NextEra-HECO deal likely linked with Hawaiian utility's about-face on rooftop solar

Jan. 27  PBN: PUC nominee Iwase gives his take on Hawaii's biggest energy issues

Jan. 27  PBN: State senator proposes updating Hawaii's energy goal to 100 percent renewable by 2040

Jan. 27  PBN: Bills to watch: Top Hawaii energy issues in 2015

Jan. 27  U.S. Energy Information Administration: Hawaii's electric system is changing with rooftop solar growth and new utility ownership

Jan. 27  Star-Advertiser: Group wants HEI-NextEra merger fought

Jan. 26  Civil Beat: NextEra Deal sparks talk of Big Island electric co-op

Jan. 26  Civil Beat: Gov. Ige's state of the state highlights finances, energy, education

Jan. 26  PBN: Senator wants to add teeth to Hawaii electric vehicle parking law with fines up to $20k

Jan. 26  Utility Dive: Hawaiian Electric's plan to end solar net metering explained

Jan. 25  Star-Advertiser: Utilities line up supplies of natural gas

Jan. 25  Star-Advertiser: The natural choice?

Jan 20
2015
Jan 12
2015
Local Industry News

1/16  Maui News: Maui groups, residents in opposition to HECO merger

1/16  Star-Advertiser: NextEra to use Parker Ranch for wind farm

1/16  PBN: Parker Ranch, NextEra Energy agree to develop wind energy projects on Hawaii's Big Island

1/16  PBN: Hawaii's energy stakeholders cover the hot issues

1/16  PBN: Randy Iwase named chairman of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

1/16  Civil Beat: Gov. Ige names new Hawaii AG, Public Utilities Chair

1/16  Star-Advertiser: Ige names attorney general, PUC chairman

1/16  Star-Advertiser: Big Island plant fined for gas release

1/15  Utility Dive: Groups ask Hawaii PUC to focus on HECO reforms before acquisition

1/15  Civil Beat: Clean energy groups urge regulators to hold off on NextEra approvals

1/15  West Hawaii Today: Work resumes at Hu Honua; CEO: 'We are now fully back on site'

1/15  Star-Advertiser: Strengthen PUC for new challenges

1/15  Star-Adveertiser: PUC urged to map energy future before reviewing HEI sale

1/15  Hawaii News Now: Hawaii fines geothermal plant for hydrogen sulfide release

1/14  Hawaii News Now: Groups want PUC to hold off on approving HECO sale

1/14  KHON: HECO lifts energy conservation request as repairs progress

1/14  PBN: Finish Hawaiian Electric's new energy plan before NextEra merger, group says

1/14  Hawaii News Now: HECO's call for energy conservation lifted

1/14  Star-Advertiser: Lock in HECO's plan before sale to NextEra, groups say

1/14  Star-Advertiser: Lights stay on as HECO proceeds with fixes

1/14  Star-Advertiser: HECO calls off evening energy conservation

1/13  KHON: HECO required by state to use independent suppliers

1/13  KITV: Thousands left in the dark yesterday during HECO blackout

1/13  Forbes: Will a takeover of Hawaiian Electric bring relief from the nation's highest electricity prices?

1/13  Civil Beat: Not everyone in Kahuku opposes new wind farm

1/13  Civil Beat: Oahu residents asked to cut energy use again

1/13  PBN: 7 possible candidates who could be Hawaii PUC's next chair

1/13  Star-Advertiser: HECO says no rolling blackouts Tuesday night

1/13  Star-Advertiser: Power failures tarnish big game

1/13  Star-Advertiser: Chairwoman of state PUC resigns

1/13  Star-Advertiser: Island's ownership of electric vehicles grew in 2014

1/13  PBN: HEI execs stand to make $17M from NextEra acquisition of Hawaiian Electric

1/12  PBN: Hermina Morita resigns from Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

1/12  Star-Advertiser: Morita resigns as state PUC chairperson

1/12  Civil Beat: PUC Chair Mina Morita resigns

1/12  KITV: Hawaiian Electric implementing rolling blackouts on Oahu

1/12  KHON: Rolling outages to begin as HECO asks Oahu customers to conserve power

1/12  Hawaii News Now: HECO to implement rolling outages tonight on Oahu

1/12  PBN: Hawaii Energy Excelerator startups attain major funding, deal with Samsung

1/12  PBN: Shakeup at the top of Hawaii's clean energy leaders

1/12  AP: Effects on Native Hawaiians by geothermal to be studied

1/12  Civil Beat: End HECO monopoly, strengthen energy policy, establish timelines

The State Energy Office has released the list of current Clean Energy Leaders as of January 2015. Visit the leaderboard here.

Jan 06
2015
Local Industry News

Jan. 9  Civil Beat: Attorneys question PUC's approval of wind farm

Jan. 9  PBN: Hawaiian Electric shareholders to vote on NextEra Energy merger this spring

Jan. 9  PBN: 'Mike' the Citibike from New York City 'vacations' in Honolulu

Jan. 9  PBN: Hawaiian Electric responds to concerns about NextEra's big solar farm

Jan. 9  Star-Advertiser: Lau to receive $10 million upon HEI's purchase

Jan. 9  Star-Advertiser: HECO inches toward solar installs

Jan. 9  Star-Advertiser: Panel approves $300,000 study on geothermal and Native Hawaiians

Jan. 8  PBN: New details emerge about NextEra Energy's $4.3B deal to acquire Hawaiian Electric Co.

Jan. 8  PBN: $250M Honolulu Seawater A/C project signs downtown office condo building

Jan. 8  PBN: Kauai utility selects candidates to run for open board slots

Jan. 8  PBN: Hawaiian Electric expects rapid progress in approving solar energy systems

Jan. 8  Civil Beat: The high price of wind energy in breezy Hawaii

Jan. 8  KITV: Declining gas prices could mean higher savings

Jan. 8  KHON: HECO: January electric bills at four-year low thanks to oil

Jan. 7  Star-Advertiser: Ice Palace taps the sun to stay cool

Jan. 7  Star-Advertiser: Supersize solar setup underway on Big Isle

Jan. 7  PBN: Pittsburgh energy storage developer eyes Hawaii expansion

Jan. 6  Utility Dive: What will NextEra's acquisition of HECO mean for solar energy?

Jan. 6  Civil Beat: Kahuku "is going to be surrounded by wind turbines"

Jan. 6  Greentech Media: PV in Hawaii 2014: A Hawaiian solar state of the union from Marco Mangelsdorf

Jan. 6  Star-Advertiser: Third North Shore wind farm receives OKl from utilities panel

Jan. 2  PBN: California firm's $90M North Shore Oahu wind farm approved

Jan. 2  PBN: Maui Electric proposing to not raise base rates

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