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.
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