News Releases & Announcements

News Releases and Announcements from the Commission

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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PUC Denies HECO’s Kahe PV Competitive Bid Waiver RequestPosted on November 7, 2014
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.
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Proposed Rule Change to Standards for Small Power Production and CogenerationPosted on October 6, 2014
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. Notice of Repeal of Hawaii Administrative Rule § […]
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Hawaii PUC Invites Public Comment on the HECO Companies’ Action PlansPosted on September 15, 2014
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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PUC Receives the Heco Companies’ Action Plans To Achieve State Energy GoalsPosted on August 26, 2014
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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PUC Invites Public Comment On HECO Companies’ Integrated Demand Response Portfolio PlanPosted on August 7, 2014
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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Sales Decoupling Tariffs for HECO Companies ApprovedPosted on June 2, 2014
HONOLULU – On Friday, May 30, 2014, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) issued an order approving the annual “sales decoupling” tariff filings for the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., the Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and the Maui Electric Company, Limited. Press Release Related Information Order No. 31289 – INITIATING INVESTIGATION; Public Utilities Commission; Docket […]
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PUC Orders Action Plans to Achieve State’s Energy GoalsPosted on April 29, 2014
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). The orders require the HECO Companies to develop and implement major improvement action plans to aggressively pursue energy cost reductions, proactively respond to emerging renewable energy […]
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