100% RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD
Tue, 3/18, 8:30am, Room 325: SB2199, SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Proposed HD1: Requires that each electric utility company that sells electricity for consumption in the State develop a renewable portfolio standard goal of one hundred per cent of its net electricity sales.
Thu, 3/13, 11:30am, Room 325, Decision Making: SB 2656, SD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to address the technical, policy, and economic issues associated with the modernization of Hawaii's electricity grids. Requires the division of consumer advocacy to represent the interests of all consumers at the proceeding. Appropriates funds to the commission and division of consumer advocacy. Takes effect 07/01/2050.
Tues, 3/11, 8:30am, Room 325: SB 2656, SD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Requires the public utilities commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to address the technical, policy, and economic issues associated with the modernization of Hawaii's electricity grids. Requires the division of consumer advocacy to represent the interests of all consumers at the proceeding. Appropriates funds to the commission and division of consumer advocacy. Takes effect 07/01/2050.
Tues, 3/11, 2:45pm, Room 225: HB 2618, HD2 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE. Establishes an income tax credit for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State during the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2014; provided that this tax credit shall not be available for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025. The tax credit may be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit. Effective July 1, 2112.
LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS
PBN: Solar energy farms on Oahu to include ranchers raising sheep
Star-Advertiser: HECO may ship LNG in containers
PBN: Hawaii Electric Light puts off geothermal decision until study is done
Star-Advertiser: Hawaii among top states for clean energy jobs
PBN: Hawaiian Electric to install smart meters on Oahu
PBN: Hawaii to be named one of the best clean energy states in the United States
PBN: Navy to expand wave energy testing off Hawaii
Star-Advertiser: HECO starts trial run of smart-grid technology
Hawaii News Now: HECO wants to build solar farm on Leeward coast
Civil Beat: Pedal Power: Gaining traction on Oahu's bike safety and infrastructure
Star-Advertiser: Legislators in no rush to end state tax credit for new solar systems
PBN: Three incumbents re-elected to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative board
Star-Advertiser: Backup fuel source is OK'd for import
RECENT PUC ACTION
Decision and Order No. 31964: For Approval (1) to commit funds in Excess of $500,000 for the proposed SNG System Backup Enhancement Project, (2) of the Fuel Supply Agreement, (3) of the Fuel Delivery Contract, and (4) to include the Costs of the Fuel Supply Agreement and Fuel Delivery Contract in the Fuel Adjustment Clause of The Gas Company, LLC dba HAWAI‘IGAS.
The Commissioned approved the Supply Agreement and the Delivery Contract; stipulations are specified in the order.
The order dismisses the request to commit funds of $950,725 to purchase three LNG ISO containers and a trailer-mounted mobile re-gasifier. The order notes that the two isocontainers, the mobile re-gasifier, and the chassis have already been purchased. In the past two years, the Commission has denied four requests by Hawaii Gas seeking retroactive approval for capital expenditures. From its order disimissing the first retroactive request: "The commision notes that such action does not appear to comply with the applicable requirement of section 2.3.f.2 that TGC file its application at least sixty days prior to the commencement of construction or commitment for expenditure, whichever is earlier. Thus, TGC proceeded at its own risk in expending funds to complete a portion of the new distribution system in the absence of the commission affirmative approval....TGC is reminded that, for future reference, it shall timely file its capital expenditure applications in compliance with section 2.3.f.2 of General Order No. 9." The order states that the commission is dismissing the latest request "because Rule 2.3(f)(2) does not apply to a situation where a utility has already made the capital expenditure."