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Apr 14
2014
EARTH DAY Community Clean Energy Rally at the State Capitol

Join 250 Hawai‘i students next Tuesday, Apr. 22 from 10am to noon as they rally for a clean energy future. Is your school interested in participating? Please contact Francois Rogers at francois@blueplanetfoundation.org

Local industry news

PBN: Sunetric founder, former CEO to develop major solar farm in West Oahu

PBN: Hawaii Gas CEO wants more collaboration in state's energy industry

PBN: First Wind to build 200MW solar farm on Castle & Cooke land on Oahu

Maui News: Electric bills could go up if PUC approves rate proposal

PBN: Honolulu sees continued solar energy permit decline

Apr 09
2014

There's a lot of talk about grid modernization these days. What is a smart grid, and why is it important? We're pleased to introduce Miso Smart to tell you why. Please enjoy "Miso Smart Makes a Speedy Delivery," the first episode of The Supercharged Adventures of the Blue Planeteers.

Mahalo to cartoonist extraordinaire DrewToonz for bringing the Blue Planeteers to life! Do you have ideas for future adventures for our energy superheroes? We'd love to hear them. Send them to info@blueplanetfoundation.org.

Apr 07
2014
COMMUNITY SOLAR

STATUS: 4/4 Reported from FIN (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 1646-14), recommending passage on Third Reading. 3/31: The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Johanson, Cullen, Ing, Kobayashi, Lowen, Morikawa, Onishi, Takayama, Woodson, Fukumoto, Ward; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Jordan, Tokioka, Yamashita; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Hashem.

Local Industry News

PBN: Honolulu ranks No. 1 in U.S. in growth of solar installations

Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric Co.'s president and CEO is enthusiastic about helping Hawaii get off oil

PBN: Hawaiian Electric gets $500k federal grant to help manage renewable energy

Star-Advertiser: Cheaper electricity is Hawaii's greatest need

PBN: Hawaii Gas starts shipping liquefied natural gas to its Honolulu facility

Star-Advertiser: State faces revenue decline over solar tax credits

Mar 28
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

COMMUNITY SOLAR

UPDATE 4/1: The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Johanson, Cullen, Ing, Kobayashi, Lowen, Morikawa, Onishi, Takayama, Woodson, Fukumoto, Ward; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Jordan, Tokioka, Yamashita; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Hashem.

Mon, 3/31, 2pm, Room 308: SB2934 SD2  RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Allows the public utilities commission to establish community-based renewable energy tariffs by which electric utility customers may own portions of a renewable energy facility that sells energy to the utility, regardless of the physical siting or interconnection of the renewable energy facility. Effective 07/01/2050.

SEND SUPPORTING TESTIMONY! Email FINtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

PBN: Pacific Biodiesel shuts down facility at Maui landfill after being open for almost 20 years

PBN: Hawaii's Parker Ranch unveils energy subsidiary

PBN: Hawaiian Electric releases final report on 2006 major power outage after Big Island earthquake

Star-Advertiser: Parker Ranch moves forward with plan to power the community

PBN: Hawaiian Electric ahead of 2015 renewable energy goal

PBN: Colorado solar company expects to expand Sunetric in locations, employees

PBN: Ala Moana Center completes one of Hawaii's largest rooftop solar energy projects

PBN: Owner of Hawaii's largest oil refinery records $71M loss in 2013

PBN: Hawaiian Electric won't demolish shuttered power plant anytime soon

Civil Beat: A solar discussion must start with the facts

Mar 24
2014
ENERGY STORAGE

Fri, 3/28, 9:15am, Room 211, DECISION-MAKING: HB2618 HD2 SD1 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. Allows the tax credit to be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit. Effective July 1, 2050.

INTERCONNECTION

Fri, 3/28, 9:15am, Room 211, DECISION-MAKING: HB1943 HD2 SD1 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

COMMUNITY SOLAR

SB2934 SD2  Status 3/21: Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with Representative(s) Awana, Carroll, Fale, Hanohano, Ito, Jordan, McKelvey, Oshiro voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Har, Say voting no (2) and Representative(s) Tokioka, Ward, Yamane excused (3).

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Allows the public utilities commission to establish community-based renewable energy tariffs by which electric utility customers may own portions of a renewable energy facility that sells energy to the utility, regardless of the physical siting or interconnection of the renewable energy facility. Effective 07/01/2050.

LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

PBN: Expect more solar industry consolidation, former Sunetric CEO says

Star-Advertiser: PUC chief to remain in post after term expires in June

PBN: Governor keeps Hawaii PUC chair Morita on 'holdover' basis

Star-Advertiser: Navy electricity rate will be cut after flap

PBN: Sunetric being acquired by Colorado-based firm for $19 million

PBN: Kauai utility getting lots of interest in liquefied natural gas effort

PBN: Parker Ranch to unveil renewable energy plans

PBN: Kauai utility looking for energy storage developers

PBN: Hawaii Telcom plans to install solar energy on 78 facilities statewide

PBN: Large Kauai solar energy farm to be completed this summer

Star Advertiser: It's time for Hawaii to consider replacing monopoly power grid

PBN: Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu lashes out at Hawaiian Electric

Mar 14
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

COMMUNITY SOLAR

Thu, 3/20, 11am, Room 325: SB2934 SD2  RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Allows the public utilities commission to establish community-based renewable energy tariffs by which electric utility customers may own portions of a renewable energy facility that sells energy to the utility, regardless of the physical siting or interconnection of the renewable energy facility. Effective 07/01/2050.

INTERCONNECTION

Thu, 3/20, 3:35pm, Room 225: HB1943 HD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

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.

LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

PBN: Hawaiian Electric expects cost savings of up to $500M a year using LNG

Star-Advertiser: Solar power to the people: A social, spiritual benefit

PBN: Hawaii AG: Geothermal development on Hawaiian homestead lands must benefit Hawaiians

PBN: Hawaiian Electric may begin shipping LNG in 2016 to multiple islands

Star-Advertiser: Smart grid payoff should be lower rates

Star-Advertiser: Pairing sun, sheep

Pacific Business News: Maui renewable energy project gets key regulatory approval

Mar 10
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

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.

INTERCONNECTION

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.

ENERGY STORAGE

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."

Mar 08
2014

Blue Planet Foundation is looking for enthusiastic individuals for a community outreach project to help promote our 2014 Modern Grid initiative. If you enjoy talking with people and want to help move Hawaii beyond oil, this opportunity is for YOU! Throughout our 2014 campaign, we'll be engaging face-to-face with Hawaii residents to explain the benefits of a modern electricity grid, one of the critical components of our clean energy future.

We're looking for active, outgoing individuals to participate in three weeks of community canvassing, beginning in mid-March. Shifts are six hours a day, 12:30 to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday, Mar. 17 through Apr. 4. Stipend of up to $900 available. Interested? Please contact Francois Rogers at (808) 753-1330 or email francois@blueplanetfoundation.org.

Mar 03
2014
COMMUNITY SOLAR

Read our commentary published in the Star-Advertiser on Sunday, Mar. 2. Help us voice your support for community solar. Sign your name to our community panels that we'll send to legislators!

MORE LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Star-Advertiser: Solar power installations up 34% in isles last year

Star-Advertiser: Support efforts to modernize electric grid

Star-Advertiser: PUC policy should favor consumers

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 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."

The Commissioned approved the Supply Agreement and the Delivery Contract; stipulations are specified in the order.

 

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding


 

Feb 24
2014

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

2/26, 2pm, Room 325: HB1939 HD1 RELATING TO CLEAN ENERGY. 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. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to investigate the feasibility of updating the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiatives Program plans and Renewable Portfolio Standards to include benchmarks beyond 2030 and report its findings to the legislature.

INTERCONNECTION

2/26, 11am, Room 308 HB1943 HD2 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Amends the public utilities commission principles regarding the modernization of the electric grid. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. Effective July 1, 2050.

BARREL TAX

2/25, 2pm, Room 308  HB2256 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX REPEAL DATE. Enables a resource strategy aligned with the State's 2030 clean energy laws.  Revises the environmental response, energy, and food security tax repeal date to June 30, 2030.

Read about Blue Planet’s policy priorities and testimony HERE.


RECENT PUC ACTION

Decision and Order No. 31908: Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Existing Decoupling Mechanisms for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited

Decision and Order No. 31913: For Approval of Application for Waivers from the Framework for Competitive Bidding

 


LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS

Star-Advertiser: Liquefied natural gas could play key role in isles' energy transition

PBN: Aloha Petroleum receives incentive check from Hawaii Energy

PBN: How an undersea cable could link the Oahu and Maui power grids