News Release

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. The reforms established in this Order will (1) promote rapid ...
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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. These projects and the approvals by the Commission are important steps towards achieving the goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The four projects ...
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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.  The transfer is expected to ensure that the mission of the Commission is adequately supported ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has repealed 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. Notice of Repeal of Hawaii Administrative Rule § 6-74-7 Related Information HAR Chapter 6-74 – ...
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Honolulu — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) is inviting public comment to provide transparency and community input in the review of the “Power Supply Improvement Plans” (“PSIPs”) and Distributed General Interconnection Plan (“DGIP”) filed by the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (“HECO”), Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (“HELCO”), and Maui Electric Company, Limited ...
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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 ...
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Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) is inviting public comment on the Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan (“IDRPP”) filed by the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”).1 The IDRPP was filed on July 28, 2014, in response to the PUC’s “Policy Statement And Order Regarding Demand Response Programs” (“DR Policy Statement”), issued on April 28, 2014. The DR ...
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