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The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates all franchised or certificated public service companies operating in the State prescribes rates, tariffs, charges and fees; determines the allowable rate of earnings in establishing rates; issues guidelines concerning the general management of franchised or certificated utility businesses; and acts on requests for the acquisition, sale, disposition or other exchange of utility properties, including mergers and consolidations.
The Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) approved power purchase agreements (“PPA”) for four utility scale solar projects. Combined, these four projects will provide 137.2 megawatts (“MW”) of renewable energy. Read More
Effective July 1, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) has been transferred, for administrative purposes only, to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from the Department of Budget and Finance pursuant to Act 108, Session Laws of Hawaii 2014. Read More
The State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issues this RFI to solicit input on the scope of services and program offerings for a PBFA, who shall be responsible for implementation and administration of the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program (“Hawaii Energy”). The Commission seeks input and recommendations from stakeholders, program developers and administrators, and other similar energy efficiency and/or demand-side management developers, contractors, regulators, or advisors (“Interested Parties”).
On February 27, 2015, Randy Iwase, Chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and Alan Oshima, President and CEO of Hawaii Electric Company, signed an agreement to address the present matter concerning residential interconnections and the issuance of letters of general application relating to the denial or delay of interconnection of residential rooftop photovoltaic systems to the grid. Read More
December 8, 2014, Honolulu – The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) approved, with certain conditions, a Joint Plan for the administration of the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program queues to address important issues and promptly move “shovel ready” projects to completion. The FIT program is a set of standardized, published rates under which each of the HECO Companies procures distributed renewable energy resources (based on project size), such as solar and wind. The FIT program was approved as a two-year pilot to facilitate renewable energy project development in Hawaii and has enabled development of approximately 15 Megawatts of clean, solar power in Hawaii. More FIT projects are in development and their completion will be accelerated by the Commission’s order. Read More
November 7, 2014, Honolulu – The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday denied the Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) request for a waiver from the competitive bidding (CB) framework for its 15 megawatt Kahe Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Project (Kahe PV Project), thereby rendering the decision to approve the project moot in Decision and Order No. 32437 in Docket No. 2013-0360. Read More
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is inviting public comment on its proposal to repeal Hawaii Administrative Rule (“HAR”) § 6-74-7, relating to ownership criteria for qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities, because the rule has become null and void due to a revision of federal law. Read More
Honolulu – On April 28, 2014 the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) ordered the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”) to develop and implement major improvement action plans to aggressively pursue energy cost reductions, proactively respond to emerging renewable energy integration challenges, improve the interconnection process for customer-sited solar photovoltaic (“PV”) systems, and embrace customer demand response programs within 120 days. The filing deadline for the plans was at the close of business today. Late this afternoon the PUC received the Power Supply Improvement Plan (“PSIP”), Distributed Generation Interconnection Plan (“DGIP”), and the integrated interconnection queue proposal for the HECO Companies. Read More
Pursuant to HRS 269-45, The Gas Company LLC, dba HAWAII GAS, submits it’s Renewable Energy Annual Report to the Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
Reliability Standards Working Group (RSWG) Independent Facilitator’s Submittal; Final Report
Section 269-33, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), establishes the Public Utilities Commission (“Commission” or “PUC”) Special Fund (“Special Fund”) to be used to pay for all the operating expenses of the Commission and the Division of the Consumer Advocacy, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (“Consumer Advocate”).
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