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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.
April 27, 2021 – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO interested persons that the applications listed have been filed with the HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
April 20, 2021 – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO interested persons that the applications listed have been filed with the HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
April 13, 2021 – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO interested persons that the applications listed have been filed with the HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
April 13, 2021 – The Commission is holding this Status Conference to (1) receive an update from Hawaiian Electric and Clearway Energy Group on the status of discussions regarding the Miliani I Solar and Waiawa Solar projects; (2) review Hawaiian Electric’s responses to Commission questions regarding the Transition Plan for the Retirement of the Kahului Power Plant; and (3) receive an update from the Hawaii State Energy Office regarding the Powering Past Coal Task Force.
On March 10, 2021, the Commission issued an order to extend the suspension of termination or disconnection of regulated utility services due to non-payment and/or assessment of other charges through May 31, 2021.
The Commission is holding this Status Conference to (1) review Hawaiian Electric’s Initial Status Update regarding the transition plan for the retirement of the AES coal plant on Oahu, filed on March 5, 2021, in Docket No. 2021-0024, (2) receive an update from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) on modeling system reliability with retirement of the AES Plant, and (3) discuss action items with Phase 1 and 2 Oahu Project developers regarding acceleration of their Project commercial operations schedules by two discrete benchmarks – 3 and 6 months.
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the application of HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., for Commission approval to relocate a 46 kilovolt overhead transmission line along Salt Lake Boulevard on the island of Oahu. The Commission will host the virtual hearing through WebEx for online and telephonic participation by all interested persons. Written statements may also be emailed to the Commission.
The Commission will use this docket to transparently review and track the status of current projects, identify near-term interconnection process improvements to facilitate renewable projects under development, and elicit the best solutions to ensure a cost-effective retirement of the AES Plant on Oahu, Kahului Plant on Maui, and other fossil fuel power plants.
December 23, 2020 – the Public Utilities Commission approved a new performance-based regulatory framework today that will reward Hawaiian Electric for exemplary performance and benefit customers but reducing costs and accelerating achievement of the State’s clean energy goals.
On December 22, 2020, the Commission issued an order to extend the suspension of termination or disconnection of regulated utility services due to non-payment and/or assessment of other charges through March 31, 2021. The Commission also established Utility reporting requirements, and opened Order No. 37506 as a repository for information filed by relevant Utilities on the financial effects of the disconnection suspension and related issues on Utilities and their customers, and customer outreach efforts. To help ease the future burden of paying utility bills following the eventual end of the disconnection suspension, the Commission directs any Utility that has not already done so to develop customer payment plans for those customers with past due balances greater than sixty (60) days.
December 18, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – The Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a virtual status conference regarding Hawaiian Electric’s plans in anticipation of the AES Plant Retirement in 2022. The agenda and link to the livestream of the Status Conference are available here.
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the application of LAUNIUPOKO IRRIGATION CO., LLC, for Commission approval of a temporary rate increase for non-potable (irrigation) water services in the Launiupoko area. The Commission will host the virtual hearing on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 5:30 pm via WebEx for online and telephonic participation by all interested persons. Written statements may also be emailed to the Commission.
Click here to view YouTube recording of the public hearing held on January 7, 2021 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzy-_ALXUXM&t=4331s).
December 11, 2020 – The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has released a Request for Quotes for the audit of YB’s financial and management practices.
The Hawaii PUC is pleased to share our new vision and mission statements, core values, and strategic goals and objectives.
October 26, 2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm – The Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a virtual status conference regarding Docket Nos. 2015-0389, Community Based Renewable Energy (“CBRE”) docket, and 2017-0352, Hawaiian Electric Renewable Requests For Proposals docket, to address projects and programs arising from these dockets with Hawaiian Electric.
The PUC released an RFP for a Case and Document Management System (“CDMS”) Solutions Integrator to replace its current Document Management System (DMS). The RFP was issued on October 19, 2020 on the State of Hawaii’s HIePro website.
The Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) has scheduled a virtual hearing to present questions to the Parties in the Commission’s investigation into Performance-Based Regulation (“PBR”). This hearing represents the culmination of over two years of collaborative working group meetings, workshops, briefing, and discovery, during which the Parties have developed and refined a suite of proposed regulatory mechanisms to implement the transition away from cost of service regulation towards PBR for the Commission’s review and consideration. The hearing will take place from Monday, September 21, 2020, through Wednesday, September 23, 2020, with each hearing day beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. The Commission will host the hearing through Webex for the parties, but will live-stream the hearing to the public through a separate YouTube channel.
On September 9, 2020, the Public Utilities Commission issued an order ruling on Hu Honua’s Motion for Reconsideration in Docket No. 2017-0122.
In a decision issued on Aug. 17, 2020, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved Young Brothers’ emergency request to increase rates by 46 percent with several conditions over the next 12 months. As a result of the Commission’s decision, Young Brothers will resume the full “pre-COVID” sailing schedule by Sept. 1, 2020, which will restore an additional sailing from the ports of Hilo and Kahului to Honolulu.
The Commission has scheduled a virtual evidentiary hearing for Young Brothers’ Motion for Emergency or Temporary Rate Relief, filed on July 7, 2020. The hearing will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Commission will host the hearing through WebEx for the parties, but will make the hearing open to public viewing through a separate YouTube channel.
HONOLULU — The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named the Hawaii Public
Utilities Commission as its Regulatory Innovation Power Play of the Year. The Commission
was among eight categories of winners in the 2020 SEPA Power Players Awards that
recognizes groundbreaking efforts in project or program design, unique partnerships,
stakeholder engagement, and more.
The Public Utilities Commission has completed the necessary modifications to its Document Management System to allow parties/participants to electronically file non-docketed confidential information (as defined by the Commission’s protective order).
On June 30, 2020, the Commission issued an Order announcing that it would extend the deferral period under which it will not apply or assess penalties or interest for motor carriers’ submission of annual fees and Annual Financial Reports through August 31, 2020. The Commission had previously announced a deferral of assessment and application of penalties and interest from April 30, 2020, through June 30, 2020. In light of the circumstances related to the ongoing measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has decided to further extend this deferral period through August 31, 2020.
Young Brothers’ Presentation
Docket No. 2020-0084: Public Utilities Commission Status Conference Re: Young Brothers’ Emergency Investigative Proceeding
The Commission has scheduled a virtual Status Conference in this emergency investigative docket (Docket No. 2020-0084) for Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss Young Brothers’ current access to financing, as well as its contingency plans, in light of its recent filings regarding its financial condition. The Commission has provided the Status Conference agenda and public access information to remotely view the Status Conference, above.
The Commission notes that the public will be able to view, but will not be able to participate in, the Status Conference. Any person or organization seeking to file a public comment regarding the matters addressed at the Status Conference or in Docket No. 2020-0084, may do so by emailing the comment to [email protected], and including Docket No. 2020-0084 in the subject line.
The Public Utilities Commission opens this docket to investigate YOUNG BROTHERS, LLC’s financial condition.
On June 1, 2020, HELCO provided the PUC with a quarterly report regarding the status of permits and other matters related to the PGV facility.
On May 26, 2020, Young Brothers and the Consumer Advocate each filed letters, requesting Commission action related to Young Brothers’ current financial situation. Click on the link above for more information.
On May 4, 2020, the Commission temporarily approved Young Brothers’ emergency request to change its sailing schedules for the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii, for a 30-day period. During that time period, Young Brothers is required to submit additional information to the Commission and Consumer Advocate, which will include updates on Young Brothers’ financial condition and actions it is taking to minimize impacts on Neighbor Island customers.
On May 4, 2020, the Commission issued Order No. 37125, which temporarily suspends the authority of certain PUC-regulated utilities to terminate or disconnect services due to non-payment during the COVID-19 emergency situation. The Order also requests information from the utilities to help inform future PUC decisionmaking regarding the length of the suspension.
On Friday, April 24, 2020, Young Brothers filed a tariff transmittal with the PUC asking to make changes to its weekly sailing schedule, citing the need to cut costs by reducing weekly sailings as a result of the COVID-19 emergency situation. Anyone who wants to file a public comment on this Transmittal can submit a comment by email before May 5, 2020, to [email protected], and reference YB Tariff Transmittal No. 20-0003.
Pursuant to the COVID-19 emergency situation and the Governor’s Emergency Proclamations, the Commission will be publishing notices of pending motor carrier applications on our website, in lieu of the publication requirement in the Commission’s administrative rules (HAR § 16-601-57(2)), which states that the notice be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the State or within the county or counties affected by the application.
As of Monday, March 30, 2020, the Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) has completed the necessary modifications to its Document Management System (“DMS”) to allow parties/participants to electronically file docketed confidential and restricted information (as defined by Commission protective orders).
On March 13, 2020, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”)issued an order initiating emergency procedures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and we have completed our transition to an all-electronic filing system and telework for all of our staff.
On March 19, 2020, the Public Utilities Commission issued an Order announcing that it would be deferring the application and assessment of penalties and interest associated with the annual fees and Annual Filing Reports for motor carriers until July 1, 2020.
On March 13, 2020, the Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) issued an Order setting forth Emergency Filing and Service Procedures that directs parties, participants, utilities, stakeholders, and/or other entities or individuals to file all documents with the PUC electronically.
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”), in light of the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, is postponing the public hearing for Lanai Water Company, scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020. The Commission regrets the inconvenience this may cause, but believes postponing the public hearing is prudent in light of the circumstances. The Commission will subsequently publish an amended notice of hearing providing information about the amended hearing date and location.
The Public Utilities Commission will be issuing an Emergency Filing/Service Notification Order that directs parties, participants, utilities, and stakeholders to file all documents electronically.
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will hold a public hearing relating to the application of LANAI WATER COMPANY, INC. for review and approval of rate increases, revisions of rate schedules, and changes to its tariff for its potable and non-potable water distribution services. The public hearing will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. at the ILWU Local Hall.
On March 2, 2020, HELCO provided the PUC with a quarterly report regarding the status of permits and other matters related to the PGV facility.
The Commission convened a status conference on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, at the Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King Street, #103, Hearing Room, in downtown Honolulu.
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will hold a public hearing relating to the application of HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY (“HELCO”) for Commission approval to construct 69 kilovolt overhead transmission line segments to the Puna Geothermal Venture Generating Facility. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility.
On January 1, 2020, the Commission officially launched the statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate Program, which is being administered by Hawaii Energy. This program was signed into law by Governor Ige in June 2019, and provides funding for rebates for EV charging station installations and upgrades throughout the State of Hawaii.
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.
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 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).
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