Notice of Informational Meeting – Maui Island Grid

Posted on Jun 7, 2024 in Public Notice

The Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission is hosting a hybrid informational meeting on July 2, 2024 at 5:00pm so that Hawaiian Electric can provide a presentation to the local community about Hawaiian Electric’s current operations and future plans for Maui’s electric grid. The public is invited to provide public comments at this meeting.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. via:

  1. In-person Participation:

    Location: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
    310 Kaahumanu Ave, Ike Lea Room 144
    Kahului, Hawaiʻi 96732

    Parking: Next to the Ike Lea Building, with entry from Wahina Piʻo Avenue, (enter from Wahina Piʻo Avenue). Additional parking is available fronting Ka‘a‘ike, and Pā‘ina buildings. See attached map.

    Venue Restrictions: Food and beverages are not allowed.

  2. Virtual Participation:

    Online or Phone: Pre-meeting registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2024 for persons wishing to provide oral comments virtually.

    Register at:

  3. Watch live:

    To watch the live broadcast, or view later, please visit the PUC’s YouTube Page:


Special assistance: The Webex and YouTube live stream of this meeting will include automated closed captioning. If you require other auxiliary aids/services or other accommodation, including requests to bring liquids and food to the facility, contact the PUC at (808) 586-2020, or [email protected] as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible have a greater likelihood of being fulfilled.


Comments may be submitted in writing or given orally during the meeting in-person or virtually. All written comments will be publicly accessible on the PUC’s Case and Document Management System (“CDMS”) and comments given orally during the public meeting will be publicly accessible via the recording of the meeting on the PUC’s YouTube page.

    • Persons wishing to give oral comments in-person on issues on the agenda must register at the meeting location. Submission of written comments in addition to giving oral comments is highly recommended.
    • All written public comments should reference the “Maui Island Grid Meeting” and Docket No. 2021-0024, which is a public repository for receiving any information related to the transition plans for retiring fossil fuel plants. Any written comments received up to 48 hours in advance of the meeting will be distributed to the Commissioners prior to the meeting.
    • Submit online at:
    • Submit by mail to:

      Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
      465 South King St., #103
      Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813

Once started, the meeting will continue notwithstanding loss of audiovisual communication with virtual testifiers or loss of the public broadcast of the meeting. In the event of an outage, the PUC may replace the YouTube livestreamed video with a locally-recorded video.


  1. Welcome, Introductions, and Call Meeting to Order by PUC Chair Leo Asuncion – 5 minutes
  2. Brief Consumer Advocate Presentation – 5 minutes
  3. Hawaiian Electric Informational Presentation – 30 minutes

    Hawaiian Electric’s presentation includes general information including general timing and cost components for the projects or programs discussed below.

    1. Present and Upcoming Generation Challenges:
      • Planned Kahului Power Plant closure – 2027
      • Proposed Maalaea Power Plant unit retirements
      • Maui renewable projects that have not come online
      • Other challenges.
    2. Future Generation Addition Plans:
      • Overview and status of Hawaiian Electric RFP projects on Maui (Stages 1, 2, 3, and Hawaiian Electric’s plans for future Integrated Grid Planning RFPs to procure resources)
    3. Generation Reserve Margins:
      • Current reserve margins (supply of electricity available above expected peak demand) for Maui
      • Size of various generators by unit on Maui
    4. Improvements for the Future:
      • Future improvements for Maui infrastructure resilience
      • Future Hawaiian Electric system reliability improvements on Maui
      • Hawaiian Electric Public Safety Power Shutoffs & related changes
  4. Public Comment

    Following Hawaiian Electric’s presentation, the PUC invites members of the public to provide comment on any aspect of the presentation. Public comments will be limited to 3 minutes per commenter, subject to call or expansion of time by the Chair.

  5. Closing Remarks – PUC Chair Leo Asuncion

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