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Sep 10

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment, Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, and House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce have called an informational briefing on Sep. 19:

"The purpose of this informational briefing is to get an update on the impacts of Hawaiian Electric Company’s September 2013 policy changes on solar interconnection, learn more about Hawaiian Electric Company’s future plans for distributed generation, and hear alternative perspectives on resolving the challenges related to the integration of distributed generation.

The following organizations will give presentations:

Hawaiian Electric Company

Hawai`i Solar Energy Association

Hawai`i PV Coalition

The Alliance for Solar Choice

No public testimony will be accepted."



Friday, September 19, 2014


1 p.m.


Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street



Sep 08

Local Industry News

9/12  PV Solar Report: Stem distributed storage will strengthen Hawaii grid response

9/12  PBN: More changes at the top for the owner of Hawaii's largest refinery

9/12  Utility Dive: Hawaiian Electric names new CEO

9/11  PBN: New Hawaiian Electric CEO has the right vision, energy industry experts say

9/11  Greentech Media: STEM to install 1MW of networked, behind-the-meter batteries in Hawaii

9/11  PBN: Hawaiian Electric to use energy storage project developed by California startup

9/11  PBN: Major energy initiative at Hawaii's public schools to start late this year

9/11  Utility Dive: HECO to pilot Stem's grid-responsive, behind-the-meter energy storage

9/10  Smart Grid News: What's the future of utilities? Hawaii has one answer

9/10  HPR Bytemarks Cafe: Episode 315: A smarter grid

9/10  Star-Advertiser: Oshima named CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co.

9/10  PBN: Alan Oshima named president, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co.

9/10  Star-Advertiser: Cutting CO2 emissions critical to saving coral reefs

9/10  Star-Advertiser:  PV system permits plummet on Oahu

9/10  PBN: Major energy initiative at Hawaii's public schools to start late this year

9/9  KHON: Boiler leak caused issues at Waiau plant; power problem remains unresolved

9/9  PBN: Chevron Energy Solutions Hawaii office acquired by national energy firm

9/9  Civilbeat: Have you caught wind of what's missing from HECO's energy plan?

9/8  KITV: HECO asking Oahu to conserve power Monday evening

9/8  Utility Dive: Hawaii utilities call for rogue solar systems to disconnect from grid

9/8  Star-Advertiser: HECO asks customers to conserve electricity

9/8  Star-Advertiser: Bicycle lane on King Street in the works

9/7  KITV: Solar installation still a hot topic

9/7  Star-Advertiser: New transit companies pose risk to consumer protection and safety

9/7  Star-Advertiser: Energy market races past HECO's horse and buggy

9/4  Sustainable Business: Hawaii's auction challenges energy efficiency innovators

Public Utilities Commission

9/8  Blue Planet Foundation filed comments on the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Integrated Demand Resource Portfolio Plan (Docket No. 2007-0341)

9/3  On Thursday, Sep. 3, the PUC issued Decision and Order No. 32281 (Docket No. 2014-0134) giving DBEDT authority to issue Green Infrastructure bonds up to $150 million, as well as authorizing the Green Infrastructure Fee. This financing order will be accompanied by a forthcoming "program order," that establishes the Green Infrastructure Loan Program, also referred to as the GEMS (Green Energy Market Securitization) program.


Aug 31

Public Utilities Commission

On Thursday, Sep. 3, the PUC issued Decision and Order No. 32281 (Docket No. 2014-0134) giving DBEDT authority to issue Green Infrastructure bonds up to $150 million, as well as authorizing the Green Infrastructure Fee. This financing order will be accompanied by a forthcoming "program order," that establishes the Green Infrastructure Loan Program, also referred to as the GEMS (Green Energy Market Securitization) program.

Local Industry News

9/5  Utility Dive: Hawaii utilities, solar installers feud over lengthy interconnection delays

9/5  PBN: HECO warns customers with PV about "rogue systems"

9/5  PBN: Hawaii regulators give state OK to issue $150M for green finance program

9/5  PBN: Hawaii losing ground in national solar energy rankings

9/5  PBN: Hawaii's largest refinery pursuing other outlets

9/5  PBN: CEO of Hawaii's largest oil refinery stepping down

9/5  PBN: Hawaiian Electric won't renew contract with state's largest oil refinery

9/4  AP: Solar firms, Hawaiian Electric blame each other for delays in connecting solar to power grid

9/4  Star-Advertiser: Solar firms scald utility

9/4  Star-Advertiser: Enterprise's hourly rental fleet expands

9/4  PBN: Asking price for Hawaii's Aloha Petroleum likely $350M, source says

9/3  PBN: Aloha Petroleum considers selling Hawaii's largest independent gas station network

9/3  PBN: Hawaiian Electric's new energy plan gains interest from industry, customers

9/3  Utility Dive: Hawaii's utilities plan for 67% renewables by 2030

9/2  Clean Energy Authority: HECO plan triples solar, but will it stop grid defection?

9/2  Star-Advertiser: Interisland cable also lost in latest primary election

9/1  PBN: Hawaii's Energy Excelerator opens headquarters in downtown Honolulu

9/1  PBN: Auction to provide up to $2.1 million for Hawaii energy efficiency projects

8/31  Star-Advertiser: HECO plan falls short of transformative

Aug 28

This file includes public comments (Aug. 27) and (Aug. 28) that have been submitted to the PUC in response to the plans that Hawaiian Electric submitted on Tuesday. You can look up related action on the PUC's DMS site: . The docket number to search is 2014-0183.

To date, the following parties have applied to be intervenors in this docket:

Renewable Energy Action Coaltion of Hawaii, Inc.

Life of the Land

NextEra Energy Hawaii

Hawaii Solar Energy Association

Puna Pono Alliance

County of Maui

The Alliance for Solar Choice

Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance

Hawaii Gas

AES Hawaii, Inc.

Blue Planet Foundation

Ulupono Initiative, LLC

Hawaii PV Coalition

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism

Sierra Club

Tawhiri Power

Sunpower Corporation

Paniolo Power Company, LLC

Eurus Energy America Corporation

County of Hawaii

First Wind Holdings, LLC

Aug 26

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?

Aug 23
Public Utilities Commission

On Aug. 21, the PUC filed a letter explaining the opening of Docket No. 2014-0183: Instituting a Proceeding to Review the Power Supply Improvement Plans for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited. This docket was opened in anticipation of HECO's power supply, expected to be filed on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Local Industry News

8/29  PBN: Construction on Honolulu's King Street bicycle lane to start Sept. 8

8/28  PBN: Hawaii is a one refinery state, energy expert says

8/28  PBN: Hawaii's only coal-fired power plant being asked to add biomass to mix

8/26  Star-Advertiser: Protest calls on HECO to uphold energy aims

8/26  PBN: Major decisions due for Hawaii's slowing solar energy industry

8/25  PBN: Coco Palms Resort solar project on Kauai to include battery energy storage system

8/25  Star-Advertiser:  Waianae solar farm sold for $2 million

8/25  PBN: Nevada's Blue Earth sells Hawaii solar farm to Kenyon Energy

8/25  Star-Advertiser: HELCO crews turn attention to debris clean-up

8/24  Star-Advertiser: Consumers deserve control, choice, and value

8/23  Star-Advertiser: Oahu electric bills up again

8/23  Star-Advertiser: Solar vigil

8/23  Star-Advertiser: Rally seeks faster action from HECO on solar initiatives

8/23  PBN: Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

Aug 18
Public Utilities Commission

On Aug. 21, the PUC filed Order No. 32269 Instituting a Proceeding to Investigate Distribute Energy Resource Policies (Docket No. 2014-0192). Download the filing here.

Local Industry News

8/22  Star-Advertiser: Dow Solar brings PV shingles to isles

8/21  PBN: Hawaiian Electric strikes deal with Canada's largest private utility

8/21  Star-Advertiser: Program pays cash for old refrigerators

8/20  Hawaii News Now: Expectations high for HECO energy plan

8/19  Energy Information Administration: Hawaii and US Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with LNG imports

8/19  Time Magazine: Why Hawaii wants liquefied natural gas

8/18  PBN: Oahu's solar PV industry continues slowdown on permitting side

8/15  PBN: Hawaii solar energy industry, Hawaiian Electric need to work interconnection issue out together, solar exec says  

8/15  PBN: Hawaii undersea cable unlikely to get support if Ige or Hannemann elected governor

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