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Mar 24
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)

Local Industry News

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.

 

Mar 03
2015
Public Utilities Commission: NextEra-HECO Merger Update

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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

 

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

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 17
2015

Policy Update

Legislative hearings

Community Solar: Wed., Feb. 18, 3pm, Room 325

HB 484, HD1  RELATING TO ENERGY. 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 HD1)

Public Utilities Commission

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.

Feb. 16, 2015.  Order No. 32677  DENYING THE PETITION FOR RULEMAKING (Docket 2015-0009). On January 14, Blue Planet along with the Hawaii PV Coaltion, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Sierra Club, and The Alliance for Solar Choice filed an application for Commission Action, Petition for Declaratory Order, and/or Petition for Rulemaking to Fulfill the Requirements of the Commission's Orders and Inclinations on the Future of Hawaii's Electric Utilities and Define the Public Interest in Hawaii, as a Prerequisite to Considering any Proposed Acquisition of the HECO Companies. This order denies the petition for rulemaking. The PUC has not yet ruled on the request for Declaratory Order.

Local Industry News

Feb. 20  Hawaii News Now: 400 solar jobs lost in Hawaii

Feb. 20  PBN: NextEra Energy plans to build Hawaii's largest wind farm on Maui

Feb. 20  Star-Advertiser: 400 solar jobs gone because of HECO, lobbying group says

Feb. 20  PBN: Proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Co. to NextEra Energy attracts record interest

Feb. 19  PBN: Hawaii lost 400 solar energy jobs in 2014, Solar Foundation report says

Feb. 19  Civil Beat: Hawaii solar industry hemorraghing jobs

Feb. 18  HPR: Legislative bills: Energy

Feb. 18  West Hawaii Today: Big Island group exploring public energy co-op

Feb. 18  Civil Beat: Regulators reject petition to delay NextEra's purchase of HECO

Feb. 18  Star-Advertiser: PUC nominee would seek public views on proposed NextEra-HEI deal

Feb. 18  Star-Advertiser: Co-op files to ensure plug-in with utility decisions

Feb. 18  Pacific Business News: Days of cheaper gas appear to be over for Hawaii motorists

Feb. 18  Pacific Business News: Maui renewable energy project put on hold

Feb. 17  AP: Panel advances Iwase to lead Public Utilities Commission

Feb. 17  Civil Beat: Big Island electric co-op seeks to intervene in NextEra sale

Feb. 17  Civil Beat: Next head of Hawaii Public Utiltiies Commission deemed 'fearless'

Feb. 17  Civil Beat: Public Utilities Commission: Don't short-circuit energy regulation

Feb. 17  Star-Advertiser: Big Island group explores energy co-op

Feb. 17  Star-Advertiser: House bill aims to set buffer zone on wind turbine projects

Feb. 17  PBN: Big Island group explores forming utility co-op similar to Kauai

Feb. 16  The Guardian: Is Hawaii's solar power surge slowing down?

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?

 

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