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The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates all chartered, franchised, certificated, and registered public utility companies operating in the State; reviews and approves 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 Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) has opened a proceeding to investigate performance-based regulation for the Hawaiian Electric Companies. Performance-based regulation (“PBR”) includes a set of alternative regulatory mechanisms intended to focus utilities on performance and desired outcomes, such as increased renewable energy, lower cost, and improved customer service. Read More
By this Order the commission accepts and approves the “Parties Stipulated Settlement on Remaining Issues,” filed March 5, 2018, which resolves all remaining issues in this proceeding, as set forth in Order No. 35281, except for Amended sub-issue No. 4(a) Read More
The Public Utilities Commission has opened a new proceeding to investigate the impact of the recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on regulated utilities in Hawaii. The Commission intends to ensure that Hawaii customers benefit from lower federal tax rates on their utility bills. Read More
In a Decision and Order issued today, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission approved two new programs that will expand opportunities for customers to install rooftop solar and battery energy storage systems, while clarifying terms of existing programs to provide greater certainty for customers who have already invested in a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. Read More
Alan Oshima, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company, responds to the October 2, 2017 letter from Chair Iwase regarding Pacific Current’s agreement to purchase the Hamakua Energy Partners’ power plant on Hawaii Island. Read More
The Commission received a press release issued by Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (“HEI”), dated September 20, 2017, stating that HEI has established a new subsidiary, Pacific Current, which has agreed to purchase the Hamakua Energy Partners (“HEP”) power plant on Hawaii Island, “for an undisclosed price.” The HEP power plant provides energy and capacity services to Hawaii Electric Light Co., Inc. (“HELCO”) under a power purchase agreement which is in effect and expires in 2030. In response to HEI’s recent announcement, the Commission, on October 2, 2017, issued written questions to HECO, to assist the Commission in determining whether the HEP power purchase agreement between HELCO and its affiliate Pacific Current is in furtherance of the public interest. Read More
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) invites all interested parties to submit public comments regarding the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Final Grid Modernization Strategy. Information on how to file public comments on the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Final Grid Modernization Strategy can be found here.
In support of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission’s (“NARUC”) resolution supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) WaterSense “Fix-a-Leak Week”, March 20 – 26, 2017, the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission encourages the adoption of programs and the offering of products that promote water efficiency, and to find and fix leaks to save water in our community. Read More
February 2, 2017 – The Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission’s (“PUC”) reminds the public that its enforcement officers continue to be on the road at unannounced times statewide to ensure that motor carriers are in compliance with state laws and rules. High-traffic tourist attraction areas such as Kailua, Oahu and Hana, Maui are among the patrolled areas. Read More
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates privately-owned water and sewage treatment utilities in Hawaii. (The Commission does not regulate municipal water and wastewater utility services provided by local city and county governments.) Read More
The Public Utilities Commission (“Commission” or “PUC”) of the State of Hawaii (“State”) submits this Annual Report pursuant to §269-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”). In short, this report summarizes the activities and operations of the Commission and the public utilities it regulates during the 2016 Fiscal Year (“FY”), which runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Read Report
With a Decision and Order issued on October 12, 2015, the Hawaii PUC has established reforms through a collaborative process that will support further sustainable growth in the market for rooftop solar systems and other distributed energy resources (“DER”) desired by Hawaii’s residents and businesses. Read More
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced four major decisions and orders that collectively provide key policy, resource planning, and operational directives to the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO Companies). Read More
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