News Releases & Announcements

News Releases and Announcements from the Commission

PUC Votes to Not Approve the HECO Companies and NextEra Energy’s Joint Application for Change of ControlPosted on July 15, 2016
HONOLULU – In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) today dismissed without prejudice the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”) and NextEra Energy’s (“NextEra”) (collectively, the HECO Companies and NextEra are referred to as the “Applicants”) Joint Application for the Change of Control (“Application” or “Change of Control”). Commissioner Thomas C. […]
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Statement from Chair Randall Y. Iwase, February 18, 2016Posted on February 18, 2016
As Chair of the Public Utilities Commission, I am disappointed with several recent events that affect new renewable energy projects in the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ (“HECO Companies”) service territories.
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Dates, Location, and Public Access to PUC Hearings for the Proposed Change of Control of the Hawaiian Electric Companies to Nextera EnergyPosted on January 22, 2016
The Public Utilities Commission began its formal evidentiary hearings on issues related to the proposed change of control of the Hawaiian Electric Companies[1] and NextEra Energy filed in Docket No. 2015-0022 on November 30, 2015. The Commission recessed its hearings on December 16, 2015. The Commission will resume its formal evidentiary beginning on February 1, […]
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PUC Maui District Office Moved & New Fax NumberPosted on December 29, 2015
The PUC’s Maui District Office has moved to One Main Plaza 2200 Main Street, Suite 540 Wailuku, Hawaii 96793 The new Maui Fax Number is 808-984-8188. *Main phone number has not changed.
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Request for Proposals for the Public Benefits Fee Administrator (RFP-PUC-15-03)Posted on November 16, 2015
The State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is seeking respondents that will provide Program Administrator services for the Public Benefits Fee Programs. The deadline to register and submit inquiries is November 30, 2015, and proposals are due January 19, 2016.   Find the RFP at http://spo3.hawaii.gov/notices/notices/rfp-puc-15-03-1.
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PUC Reforms Energy Programs to Support Future Sustainable Growth in Hawaii Rooftop Solar MarketPosted on October 13, 2015
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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Public Utilities Commission Approves Four Utility Scale Renewable Energy Solar ProjectsPosted on August 3, 2015
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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PUC Transferred to Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from Department of Budget and FinancePosted on July 1, 2015
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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PUC Chair and HECO President Sign Agreement to Address Residential PV InterconnectionPosted on February 27, 2015
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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PUC Approves Joint Plan on the Administration of Fit Program Queues to Accelerate Project CompletionsPosted on 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 […]
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