Meeting a 120-day deadline set by the PUC in April, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Power Supply Improvement Plans for HECO, HELCO, and MECO today, as well as a Distributed Generation and Interconnection Plan for all the HECO companies. They can be downloaded from the PUC's website.
Blue Planet is currently reviewing these hefty documents. Stay tuned for our response. Here are related articles:
PUC press release: PUC Receives the HECO Companies' Action Plans to Achieve State Energy Goals
Hawaiian Electric press release: Hawaiian Electric Companies Submit Plans for Hawaii's Energy Future
Solar Industry Mag: Hawaiian Electric's solar plans put new focus on DG interconnection
Civil Beat: Does HECO have a plan for the 21st century?
Star-Advertiser: HECO plan raises solar costs
KITV: Hawaiian Electric's plan for energy future relies on LNG and would impact rooftop solar
KHON: HECO outlines plan to lower rates, increase solar by 2030
Hawaii News Now: Does HECO's new energy plan save customers money?
PBN: Hawaiian Electric plans to level the playing field for rooftop solar
PBN: End of Hawaiian Electric Co.'s solar net energy metering inevitable, sources say
Star-Advertiser: HECO plans to cut bills by 20% by 2030
PBN: Hawaiian Electric Cos to triple rooftop solar, lower customer bills by 20% by 2030
Civil Beat: HECO plans promise cleaner energy at lowere costs by 2030
KITV: HECO releases energy plan and watchdogs react
Hawaii News Now: HECO files energy plan just before deadline
KHON: HECO delivers massive comprehensive strategy to PUC at deadline
As reviewers pore through the 2,000+-page document, here are some general questions to determine if the plan moves the utility toward a business model that serves the public interest:
1) Does the selected mix of firm and as-available resources minimize energy costs?
2) Are energy storage and demand response—or other non-traditional sources of ancillary services—considered?
3) Is curtailment of renewable energy minimized and handled in a cost-effective manner for ratepayers?
4) Are older, less-efficient fossil generation units being retired expeditiously?
5) Is there a reduction in must-run generation?
6) Is there increased generation flexibility?
7) Do their proposed changes in operational practices enable the integration of additional low-cost renewable energy resources?
8) Are the strategies in the individual HECO, MECO, and HELCO plans consistent with each other, or do they complement or reinforce the proposed improvements?
9) Are there contradictions within or among the individual HECO, MECO, and HELCO plans?
10) Are the plans readily actionable?