Mar. 2, 2015 ORDER NO. 32695 (Docket 2015-0022). 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.
Below are highlights from the order granting intervention to Blue Planet Foundation and 27 other parties as the PUC considers the sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy:
[The Commission establishes standards of review.]
Thus, in this Order, the commission is establishing procedures to determine not only whether the benefits promised by the Applicants would be realized if theApplication is approved, but whether the Applicants will adequately address those issues currently before the commission, as well as the State's renewable energy goals.
[The Commission will apply contested case procedures and sets a timeline.]
In order to facilitate the formal hearing process,the Parties will be required to prefile prepared testimony pursuant to the requirements of HAR § 6-61-45. Thus, the proposed procedural order shall include, at a minimum, the prefiling of prepared testimony in the following sequence:
(1) direct testimony by the Applicants in support of the Application; (2) answering and direct testimony by the Interveners; (3) answering and direct testimony by the Consumer Advocate; and (4) responsive testimony by the Applicants. The proposed procedural order shall also include reasonable opportunity for the filing of information requests by all Parties
In addition, the procedural schedule shall provide for completion of the above steps on or before August 31, 2015.
[The Commission will hold public hearings on Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Hawaii Island.]
The Commission intends to provide members of the public the opportunity to address the commission concerning the Proposed Transaction at "public listening sessions." These sessions will be conducted on each of the islands served by the HECO Companies: Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Hawaii.
[The Commission grants intervention to all applicants that moved to intervene.]
Twenty-eight motions to intervene were filed in this docket. The commission notes that the Applicants filed oppositions to the intervention motions of Blue Planet, FOL, HIEC, HINA, HREA, HSEA, HWSC, KIUC, KLMA, LOL, Puna Pono, REACH, and TASC.
Given the nature of the Proposed Transaction as discussed above, the commission finds that it is in the public interest to ensure that abroad spectrum of interests are represented in the proceeding.
For these reasons, the commission grants the motions to intervene of each of the following: AES, Blue Planet, COH, COM, DBEDT, FOL, Hawaii Gas, HIEC, HINA, HPVC, HREA, HSEA, HWSC, HBWS, IBEW, KIUC, KLMA, LOL, Planning Office, Paniolo, Puna Pono, REACH, Sierra Club, SunEdison, SunPower, Tahwiri, and Ulupono.
The commission also conditionally grants the motion to intervene of TASC.