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Maui Electric Seeking Renewable Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric,HECO
Date: 2019-12-09
In the Aloha State, the Public Utilities Commission reports it has approved Maui Electric's planned RFP for Molokai to be supplied with 78 pct renewable sources and Lanai 55 to 61 pct by 2023 under a procurement process started by Maui Electric Co. The projects would come online in 2023.

Estimated targets of the new renewable generation for Molokai are the equivalent of approximately 4 MW of solar or 3.6 MW of small wind, specified as turbines 100 kilowatts or less, and paired with energy storage. On Lanai, the company is seeking renewable energy generation equivalent up to 9.5 MW of solar paired with energy storage on land owned by Pulama Lanai.

The procurement efforts for Molokai and Lanai are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) largest-ever renewable energy push for Maui County, Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Proposals are due by Jan. 31 with final awards announced March 31 for Lanai and July 14, 2020 for Molokai. (Source: Maui News, Maui Electric, HECO, PR,5 Dec. 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maui Electric,  Solar,  HECO,  


Maui Electric Advances Molokai, Lanai Renewables Plans (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric Company
Date: 2019-08-16
In the Aloha State, Maui Electric reports its planned renewable energy push for Molokai and Lanai are moving forward. Pending Public Utilities Commission approval, expected later this year, the company's planned renewable energy procurements will be open to bids and could come online as early as 2022.

Estimated targets of the new renewable generation for Molokai are the equivalent of approximately 4 MW of solar or 3.6 MW of small wind, specified as turbines 100 kilowatts or less, and paired with energy storage.

On Lānai, the company is seeking renewable energy generation equivalent up to 9.5 MW of solar paired with energy storage on land owned by Pūlama Lānai.

The procurement efforts for Molokai and Lānai are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) largest-ever renewable energy push for Maui County, Oahu and Hawaii Island. (Source: Maui Electric, HECO, PR, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Maui Electric,  Renewable Energy,  


HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


HECO Targets 2022 to Acquire More Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-04-05
Following up on our 29 March coverage, in the Aloha State, with the planned closure of the coal-burning AES Hawaii power plant on Oahu and retirement of Maui's oldest oil-fired plant within the next five years, the Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- is beginning phase two of an ambitious renewable resource procurement to continue the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy.

The second phase will be open to all variable renewable and storage resources, including solar and wind generation, renewables plus storage, standalone storage and grid services. The plan builds on Hawaiian Electric's successful acquisition in 2018 of the state's largest, lowest-cost portfolio of renewable generation. Pending PUC approval, the first projects would come online by 2022.

In the first phase of new renewables acquisition, the companies negotiated contracts for eight projects on three islands. Thus far, the commission has approved three on Oahu -- one on Maui Island and two on Hawaii Island that will add 247 MW of solar energy with almost 1 GWh of storage by the end of 2021.

In addition to generation and storage, the companies are seeking independent service providers to enlist customers to provide grid services such as capacity to shift electricity use from high to low demand periods and fast frequency response to help the grids maintain power quality and reliability. (Source: HECO, PR, 3 April, 2019)Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


Hawaii PUC Oks Six Solar-plus-Battery Storage Projects (Ind Report)
Maui Electric,Hawaii Electric Light
Date: 2019-03-29
In Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- are reporting the Hawaiiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given the nod to six grid-scale solar-plus-battery storage projects, the largest and lowest-cost portfolio of renewable energy resources to be assembled at one time in the Aloha State.

Two projects on Hawaii Island, three on Oahu and one on Maui will add 247 MW of solar energy with almost 1 GWh of storage. Each project is coupled with battery storage that can store four hours of energy. Together, the six projects can provide sufficient energy for 105,000 homes per year.

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light presently have more than 500 MW of renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 privately owned rooftop systems in operation. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, Big Island Now, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  Maui Electric,  Hawaii Electric Light,  


HECO Solar,Storage Projects Set Renewables Benchmark (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-01-04
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- reports it has submitted contracts for seven grid-scale, solar-plus-storage projects on three islands to the Public Utilities Commission for review. The projects are part of the largest and lowest cost portfolio of new renewable energy resources to be assembled in Hawaii.

The projects -- three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii Island -- will add approximately 262 MW of solar energy with 1,048 MWh of storage.

The prices for six of the seven projects, which are the lowest to date for renewable electricity in the state, are charged to customers with no mark-up or profit to the utility.

The seven solar-plus-storage projects are the result of a procurement effort the HECO companies began in February 2018 to expand their renewable energy portfolios. An additional project, a 12.5-MW solar array in West O‘ahu that will include a 50-MWh storage system, is also being planned, with the contract expected to be submitted to regulators in coming weeks.

HECO presently has over 500 MW of renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 private rooftop systems in operation. (Source: HECO, PR, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


HECO Increases Hawaii-wide Solar Energy Access (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-01-02
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- notes that in 10 years since the creation of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the companies have reduced fossil fuel use by 26 pct, or 48 million fewer gpy of imported oil for electric power generation.

HECO also reports nearly 3,000 new private rooftop solar systems came online in 2018 for a total of about 77,000 systems -- one of every three single-family homes on Oahu has rooftop solar, the highest percentage in the U.S.

In 2018, the HECO companies also laid the foundation for the largest surge in renewable energy in Hawaii history with solar-plus-storage projects and a major wind project that together, pending regulatory approval, will add 325 MW of clean electric generation across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii. Two solar-plus-storage projects on Maui and two on Hawaii Island will be the largest grid-scale solar facilities on those islands and are in addition to nearly 200 MW of new renewable generation planned or presently under construction.

Many Hawaii residents hope to join the 77,000-plus customers using private rooftop solar and the HECO continue working to make that choice available to more families. New programs launched in 2018 made it possible for customers to: receive credit on electric bills for electricity sent to the grid only during peak demand hours; get credit for sending electricity to the grid while allowing utilities to limit it, if necessary, for grid stability; and for present net metering customers to add capacity and energy storage if new equipment does not send electricity to the grid.

To integrate existing and new customer-sited and grid-scale renewable energy, HECO is modernizing the electric grid for the 21st century. In 2018, the utilities received approval to start a $205-million, strategic, grid modernization plan, developed with the greatest stakeholder input ever. HECO also launched the Community-Based Renewable Energy solar program allowing customers on all islands who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


HECO Community Solar Applications Off and Running (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2018-07-23
Further to our July 5th coverage, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting the uptake of the first phase of its recently launched community solar initiative has received a total of 12 project proposals from subscriber organizations planning to construct and operate community solar facilities. The 12 proposals include: four applications for capacity on Oahu; four for Maui Island; three for Hawaii Island; and one for Molokai. Proposed projects vary from 200 kilowatts to 3 megawatts.

An indication of strong interest among developers is that proposed projects already exceed the 5 MW capacity for Oahu and 1 MW capacity for Hawaii Island. Capacity remains available on Maui, Molokai and Lanai but additional applications are encouraged for all islands. As previously reported, community solar capacity for the first phase of the program was set by the Public Utilities Commission. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 20 July, 2018)Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Wind,  Community Wind,  


Regulators Approve HECO Community Solar Plans (Ind. Report)
HECO
Date: 2018-07-05
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are preparing to open the first phase of its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program next week for applications by qualified subscriber organizations wishing to build and operate a community solar facility.

As approved, the program will provide the benefits of solar energy to residential and commercial customers without access to privately-owned rooftop solar, including many renters and apartment dwellers.

HECO will begin accepting applications on July 11 only from any qualified company, organization, developer, or group to become a subscriber organization and propose a solar project. Once approved, residential and commercial electric customers will be able to join the subscriber organizations and participate in community solar on their island. Subscribers will receive a credit on their electric bill, based on the output of the project and their level of financial participation.

As first proposed by Hawaiian Electric in 2015, CBRE is envisioned to expand the state's renewable energy transformation, benefit individual customers and put more solar energy to work, reducing the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

The second phase of CBRE, expected in about two years, will include other renewable energy technologies beyond solar. Special provisions will be made to enroll low-to-moderate income subscribers, though subscriber organizations may enlist such customers in the first phase. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Information about eligibility and applications for subscriber organizations are at www.hawaiianelectric.com/communitysolar; www.mauielectric.com/communitysolar; (808 )543-7253 from O'ahu; (808) 969-0358 from Hawai'i Island; (808) 871-8461 x 2445 from Maui; and (877)871-8461 x 2445 from Lāna'i and Moloka'i; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  HECO,  


HECO RFP Seeks 300MW of Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2018-03-07
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) reports it is seeking 300MW of wind and solar projects -- with or without storage capacity -- in a new RFP with unique power purchase agreements.

Three of the four utilities that comprise HECO participated in the RFP, representing service areas on O'ahu, Maui and the big island. These seek 220 MW, 60 MW and 20 MW, respectively. The RFP also calls out a goal adding solar through 2022 in order to take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). (Source: HECO, PV Mag, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewwable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Hawaii U, HECO Collaborate on "Green Tariff" Initiative (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2017-11-27
In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are reporting a non-binding MoU to collaborate on an innovative energy initiative to help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online.

Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.

A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details. The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage. (Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Hawaiian Electric Companies,  


HECO Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy for Molokai (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2017-04-10
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has rolled out a statewide plan that sets a goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2020 for Molokai. The utility is proposing to add 1.4 MW of rooftop PV solar energy to the island's existing 2.3 MW of rooftop solar panels, as well as 5 MW of wind energy over the next 3 years. The plan also calls for a transition to biofuel for an unspecified amount of the island's 12 MW of energy currently being generated from diesel fuel.

An average Molokai household currently pays around $250 per month for power. With the proposed switch to 100 pct renewable energy, an average monthly power bill is expected to rise from $250 to peak at $350 per month in 2020.

Overall, the new goal for Molokai in the near term would add 6.4 MW of renewable energy capacity to the the existing capacity of just over 2 MW, increasing Molokai's total renewable energy to 8.5 MW. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, Molokai Dispatch, 7 April, 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, landrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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