Program Track Overview
The Commission identified two broad objectives for the Program Track in Order No. 37066: 1) design and implement long-term DER programs that include both an export-only program and a more advanced program featuring compensation for energy exports and grid services, and 2) develop a transition plan for interim DER programs to promote market stability and minimize customer confusion.
In Phase 1 of the Program Track, through a series of technical conferences and monthly meetings, the Parties prepared several rounds of program proposals for the two long-term DER programs. The Commission determined in the Phase 1 Order, No. 38196, that the Smart DER Tariff and Bring-Your-Own-Device (“BYOD”) Tariff would be the two long-term DER programs. In Phase 2, the Parties prepared additional proposals for these two tariffs, and the Commission established the framework for the tariffs in the Phase 2 Order, No. 38681. In Phase 3, the Companies are collaborating with the Parties to prepare modeling results to help establish the incentives for the Smart DER Tariff and BYOD Tariff. Following review by the Parties and Commission decision-making in Phase 3, the Smart DER Tariff and BYOD Tariff will launch for customer enrollment on November 1, 2023.
Separate from these three phases, in Order No. 37816 the Commission approved an emergency grid services program, the Scheduled Dispatch Program (“SDP”; also known as the Emergency Demand Response Program and the Battery Bonus Program), for Oahu to address potential capacity shortfalls beginning in 2022. The Commission also approved amendments to SDP in Order No. 38239 and an expansion of SDP to Maui in Order No. 38393 to address similar possible capacity shortfalls. These emergency programs will close for new enrollment in 2023 for Oahu and in 2024 for Maui.
The Parties continue to collaborate in Phase 3 of the Program Track and to hold quarterly meetings to provide updates to the Commission. The Commission and the Parties are also working together to establish new reporting requirements for Hawaiian Electric’s DER programs to improve transparency and to better inform decision-making.
Smart DER Tariff
The Smart DER Tariff will launch November 1, 2023 with two available riders for customers, the Non-Export Rider and the Export Rider. The Non-Export Rider offers a streamlined interconnection process for customers who would like to self-consume the energy generated from their DERs without exporting energy to the grid. The Export Rider offers time-varying export compensation rates for customers who would like to export some or all of the energy generated from their DERs. The exact export compensation rates will be determined and made available prior to the launch of the tariff. All customers enrolling on the Smart DER Tariff will by default also be enrolled in the new TOU rates, but will have the option to opt out back onto their previous rate schedule.
The BYOD Tariff is an advanced tariff that will launch November 1, 2023 offering customers enrolled on a basic DER tariff, such as the Smart DER Tariff, an opportunity to receive additional compensation in return for providing grid services to Hawaiian Electric. There are three levels for the BYOD Tariff, and the level on which the customer enrolls—BYOD Level 1, 2, or 3—will determine the grid services the customer must provide and the compensation Hawaiian Electric will provide for those grid services. These details will be determined and made available prior to the launch of the tariff. All customers enrolling on the BYOD Tariff will by default also be enrolled in the new TOU rates, but will have the option to opt out back onto their previous rate schedule.
Key Orders and Filings
|Date||Order No. and Link||Summary|
|July 7, 2023||Order No. 40069||The Commission established the launch date of the Smart DER and BYOD Tariffs as November 1, 2023, following the remaining development of the record and decision-making. The Scheduled Dispatch Program (SDP) for Oahu will close for new enrollment on October 31, 2023.|
|June 6, 2023||Order No. 39349||The Commission presented the parties with a proposal to modify reporting requirements for Hawaiian Electric’s DER programs, asking for the parties to provide comments by June 27, 2023.|
|June 1, 2023||Order No. 39335||The Commission provided additional modeling guidance for Hawaiian Electric’s Distributed Energy Resources Program Structure (DPS) Phase 3 modeling efforts and modified the procedural schedule for the remainder of DPS Phase 3, providing additional time.|
|February 27, 2022||Order No. 38962||The Commission approved revisions to the SDP requested by Hawaiian Electric and the DER Parties to encourage customer enrollment in the final year of program availability.|
|December 22, 2022||Order No. 38787||The Commission amended the DPS Phase 3 procedural schedule following discussion with the parties at the DPS Phase 3 Technical Conference, incorporating additional time and events to support the Parties’ collaborative modeling efforts and program implementation.|
|October 31, 2022||Order No. 38681||The Phase 2 Program Track Order established the framework for the Smart DER Tariff, including the export compensation methodology and requirements for advanced metering and TOU enrollment, and the BYOD Tariff, including available grid services, eligible customers, the incentive rate methodology, and requirements for advanced metering and TOU enrollment. The Commission also determined transition plans for existing DER and SDP customers, rejected the establishment of an interconnection application fee, and opened Phase 3 of the Program Track. In Phase 3, the Companies provide modeling to determine the final export rate for the Smart DER Tariff and incentive rate for the BYOD Tariff. Following this modeling process and review by the Parties, the Smart DER Tariff and BYOD Tariff are expected to launch in 2023.|
|May 20, 2022||Order No. 38393||The Commission approved an expansion of SDP to Maui to address possible anticipated capacity shortfalls. The terms of the program on Maui are nearly identical to those of the program on Oahu, except that the total capacity limit is 15 megawatts, with enrollment to customers open through June 2024.|
|February 25, 2022||Order No. 38239||The Commission approved amendments to the SDP to increase customer compensation (via additional monthly incentives) and update customer performance requirements.|
|January 25, 2022||Order No. 38196||The Phase 1 Program Track Order found that the Smart DER Tariff, which determines how a new DER customer may connect to the grid and how their energy exports are compensated on a time-varying basis, will be the long-term basic DER program. The BYOD Tariff, which compensates customers for grid services they supply to the Companies in addition to the terms of the customer’s underlying DER tariff, will be the long-term advanced DER program.|
|June 8, 2021||Order No. 37816||The Commission established the Scheduled Dispatch Program (SDP), which provides upfront and monthly incentives to customers for installing new battery storage paired with solar that dispatches daily during the grid’s peak hours for a commitment period of 10 years. The initial capacity was 50 megawatts for Oahu, with enrollment to customers open through June 2023 to address anticipated capacity shortfalls.|
See related Commission pages:
- DER Policies (Docket No. 2019-0323) – Homepage
- DER Policies (Docket No. 2019-0323) – Advanced Rate Design
- DER Policies (Docket No. 2019-0323) – Technical Issues
- DER Policies (Docket No. 2019-0323) – Past Events