March 31st, 2016
The next few days will see a flurry of actions that will tell us a lot about where clean energy is headed in Hawaii. This includes Hawaiian Electric’s updated long-term plan, a smart grid proposal, and arguments on why the merger with NextEra should be approved or rejected.
Today, the 25 parties to the docket examining the acquisition of Hawaiian Electric by NextEra will file their briefs in response to the lengthy evidentiary hearing that took place last December and in February. Separately, today the Hawaiian Electric plans to file an extensive grid modernization application with the Public Utilities Commission. Finally, Hawaiian Electric is required to file their updated “Power Supply Improvement Plan” tomorrow—a document which will articulate the long-term vision of the company. This will be the third version of Hawaiian Electric’s planning document after the previous two iterations were rejected by the Commission.
Here’s what Blue Planet Foundation hopes to see:
“These plans will reveal whether Hawaii will see a utility transformation or simply an extension of the status quo,” said Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation. “The decisions we make today cast a long shadow on how we produce and use energy tomorrow.”