News Releases & Announcements

News Releases and Announcements from the Commission

PUC Approves Tariff for Interim Time-of-Use RatesPosted on September 19, 2016
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) issued an order on Friday, September 16, 2016, instructing the Hawaiian Electric Companies (the “HECO Companies”) to offer a tariff giving customers the option of enrolling in a new time-of-use (“TOU”) program, which allows customers to manage their electricity consumption to reduce monthly bills and benefits the […]
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PUC Solicits Written Comments on Sea Link’s Request to Voluntarily Surrender its Certificate of Public Convenience and NecessityPosted on September 7, 2016
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) invites all interested persons to submit written comments to the Commission on Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc.’s (“Sea Link”) request to voluntarily surrender its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”) to operate as a water carrier of passengers and property between the islands of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui. […]
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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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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”)[i] 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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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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Rule Change to Standards for Small Power Production and CogenerationPosted on October 6, 2014
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has repealed 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 § 6-74-7 Related Information HAR Chapter 6-74 – […]
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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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Public Utilities Commission Provides Guidance to Hawaiian Electric on Renewable Energy ProcurementPosted on July 12, 2013
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) issued yesterday a set of orders: (1) addressing the Final Oahu 200 megawatts (“MW”) Renewable Energy Request For Proposal (“RFP”) by Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (“HECO”) and giving specific guidance on changes to the RFP; (2) opening an investigation to determine whether an Oahu-Maui Interisland Transmission System […]
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Public Utilities Commission Issues Major Energy OrdersPosted on June 3, 2013
Noting that ratepayers at each of the HECO Companies are growing increasingly frustrated by high electric rates and poor customer service, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (Commission) issued three orders affecting rates and the ratemaking process for the Hawaiian Electric Companies1 on Friday, May 31, 2013. “Taken together, the decisions are intended to hold the […]
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Public Utilities Commission Approves New Rules for Interconnection to The HECO Companies’ Distribution SystemPosted on November 29, 2011
HONOLULU – In a Decision and Order issued today, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (Commission) approved revisions to the HECO Companies’ Tariff Rule 14H, which governs the interconnection of distributed generating facilities, such as solar photovoltaic systems, operating in parallel with the HECO Companies’ electrical distribution system. The revisions are intended to facilitate increased penetration […]
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Champley Appointed PUC CommissionerPosted on September 30, 2011
HONOLULU – Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment of Michael Champley as commissioner to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on September 15, 2011. He began serving on the PUC on an interim basis after being sworn into office on September 22. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Hawaii State Senate when the […]
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Commissioner and Former Chairman Carlito P. Caliboso Announces Resignation As A Member of The Public Utilities Commission To Return To The Private SectorPosted on August 2, 2011
HONOLULU – In a letter to Governor Neil Abercrombie dated August 5, 2011, Carlito P. Caliboso, resigned as a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”), effective as of the close of business on August 31, 2011, which will be his last day in office.
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Public Utilities Commission Approves Feed-In Tariffs For The Hawaiian Electric Companies To Facilitate The Acquisition And Development Of Renewable EnergyPosted on October 13, 2010
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (Commission) today issued an order approving feed-in tariffs (FIT) for the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, and Maui Electric Company) for renewable energy generators of up to 500 kW in size, to facilitate the acquisition and development of renewable energy in Hawaii. The […]
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Public Utilities Commission Approves a Final Rate IncreasePosted on September 23, 2010
On September 23, 2010, the Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued its final Decision and Order approving an increase in annual revenues of $548,682 over previously existing rates (an increase of approximately 126.52%) for Molokai Public Utilities, Inc. (“MPU”), based on a test year period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, and a total […]
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Public Utilities Commission Approves Applicable Portions of the Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan of Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. and Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc.Posted on September 22, 2010
HONOLULU – Today, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued a Decision and Order approving applicable portions of Hawaiian Telcom, Inc.’s and Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc.’s (collectively, “Hawaiian Telcom”) Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (the “Reorganization Plan”). The Reorganization Plan was previously confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of […]
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Public Utilities Commission Issues Interim Decision and Order Approving Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC’s Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and NecessityPosted on September 20, 2010
HONOLULU – Today, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued an Interim Decision and Order approving Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC’s (“Pasha”) application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”). The Interim Decision and Order authorizes Pasha to operate as a water carrier of property between and among the ports of Honolulu, Kahului, […]
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Public Utilities Commission Issues Final Decision Approving A Decoupling Mechanism For The Hawaiian Electric Companies To Encourage Their Support For Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency InitiativesPosted on August 31, 2010
HONOLULU – To encourage the Hawaiian Electric Companies (Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, and Maui Electric Light Company) to accelerate the adoption of clean energy resources, including renewable energy generation and energy efficiency programs, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission (Commission) today approved a decoupling mechanism that is designed to de-link the Hawaiian Electric […]
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The Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission Establishes Solar Water Heater Systems Standards for New Single-Family HomesPosted on July 1, 2009
HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced today that it has established Solar Water Heater Systems Standards (standards) as required under Act 204, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Linda Lingle in 2008.
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Public Utilities Commission Forced to Propose Temporary Rate Increases for Moloka`i Utilities to enable Temporary Continuation of ServicesPosted on June 17, 2008
HONOLULU — Today, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that it was forced to open a proceeding on Monday to consider giving temporary rate increases to two regulated water utilities and one regulated sewer utility on Molokai, because the utilities stated that they are unable to adequately fund their operations and plan to cease […]
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