Technical Issues

Technical Track

The Commission identified four objectives for the Technical Track in Order No. 37066: 1) streamline and improve the interconnection process, 2) harmonize the Companies’ Rule 14H requirements with current Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”) standards, 3) develop policies and procedures for activating additional advanced inverter functions, and 4) develop policies and procedures to update legacy equipment (such as inverters) for participation in new DER programs.

The Commission approved two of the Parties’ stipulations to revise Tariff Rule 14H in Order No. 38062 and has addressed several of the Parties’ additional proposed revisions to Rule 14H in Order No. 38070, Order No. 38294, and Order No. 38651. Per Commission guidance, the Parties continue to collaborate to address outstanding issues identified in Order No. 38062, including a modified proposal for the Advanced Inverter Workplan.

Key Orders and Filings

Date Order No. and/or Link Summary
February 2, 2024 Order No. 40574 The Commission approved an amended procedural schedule for the parties to file statements of position on Hawaiian Electric’s incentive-based inverter upgrade plan in April.
September 8, 2023 Final Incentive-Based Inverter Upgrade Plan Hawaiian Electric filed its final incentive-based inverter upgrade plan.
April 4, 2023 Order No. 39115 The Commission approved the parties’ proposed stipulated procedural schedule for the Incentive-Based Inverter Upgrade Plan Proposal, including requiring Hawaiian Electric to file its Final Proposal by June 30.
February 1, 2023 Order No. 38840 The Commission approved Hawaiian Electric’s request to extend Volt-Watt curtailment reporting and the associated compensation plan through October 2023, extended the deadline for Hawaiian Electric to file an update to their Utility Required Profile Implementation Plan to November 2023, directed the parties to file a proposed procedural schedule for the Incentive-Based Inverter Upgrade Plan, and included additional quarterly meetings in the procedural schedule for 2023.
October 17, 2022 Link Hawaiian Electric’s Final Revised Rule 14H, Appendix I Tariff Sheets Amending the IEEE 1547 Harmonization Date.
October 14, 2022 Order No. 38651 The Commission approved Hawaiian Electric’s Revisions to Rule 14H and Rules 22-25 Tariff Sheets.
April 1, 2022 Order No. 39284 The Commission approved Hawaiian Electric’s Revised Rule 14H Tariff Sheets, moving the Inverter Certification Deadline to October 1, 2022.
November 16, 2021 Order No. 38070 The Commission approved Hawaiian Electric’s Revised Rule 14H Tariff Sheets, revised in compliance with Order No. 38062.
November 4, 2021 Order No. 38062 The Commission denied Hawaiian Electric’s Advanced Inverter Workplan and Supplement, approved the parties’ Stipulation of Revisions and Volt-Watt Stipulation, and provided additional guidance to the parties.

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Updated 3/2024