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WHAT’S NEW, HOT TOPICS & IMPORTANT DOCKETS

4/01/2016

The Hawaiian Electric Companies filed their Power Supply Improvement Plans (PSIP) Update Report with the Public Utilities Commission today.  Read Book 1 and  Book 2. The PSIPs are the subject of Docket No. 2014-0183.


3/31/2016

The Hawaiian Electric Companies filed their Smart Grid Foundation Project Application with the Public Utilities Commission today.  Download a copy of each of the four books: Book 1,  Book 2Book 3, and Book 4. The Smart Grid Application is the subject of Docket No. 2016-0087.


2/24/2016

The Division of Consumer Advocacy filed its Reply Comments regarding Hawaiian Electric’s status reports on the three SunEdison projects previously procured through a waiver from the competitive bidding framework.  Read a copy of Consumer Advocate’s Reply Comments here.  Reply Comments were filed in the dockets for each of the projects previously approved by the Public Utilities Commission: Docket Nos. 2014-0356, 2014-0357, and 2014-0359.

The Division of Consumer Advocacy also filed Comments regarding Hawaii Electric Light’s status report on the Hu Honua Bioenergy project in Docket No. 2012-0212. Read a copy of the Consumer Advocate’s Comments here.


11/23/2015

Today the Division of Consumer Advocacy filed its Pre-Hearing Brief in the NextEra – Hawaiian Electric Merger. The Brief is filed in advance of the evidentiary hearing to be held November 30 – December 16 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. You can read the Division of Consumer Advocacy’s Brief here.


11/4/2015

Today the Public Utilities Commission issued an order regarding Hawaiian Electric’s Power Supply Improvement Plans. These plans were Hawaiian Electric’s response to the PUC’s April 2014 directive requiring Hawaiian Electric to create long-term resource plans aligned with Hawaii state energy policy. The plans were meant to increase the use of renewable energy, lower customer bills, and improve reliability. The PUC’s recent order identifies several deficiencies in Hawaiian Electric’s proposed plans, and the order sets forth a timeline and process to address those deficiencies. You can read a copy of the order here.


10/7/2015

The Division of Consumer Advocacy today filed its rebuttal testimonies in the NextEra Energy, Inc. – HECO Companies merger application.
Click here to access an electronic public copy of the filing.

Other public documents in the merger docket are available for viewing on the PUC’s Document Management System.
Go to http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms/ and enter Docket No. 2015-0022.


8/19/2015

The Division of Consumer Advocacy filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission to subpoena Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. President and CEO Constance Lau and NextEra Energy, Inc. President and CEO James Robo to provide testimony related to the merger application. Click here to read an electronic copy of the filing.


8/10/2015

The Division of Consumer Advocacy today filed its direct testimonies in the NextEra Energy, Inc. – HECO Companies merger application.
Click here to access an electronic public copy of the filing.

Other public documents in the merger docket are available for viewing on the PUC’s Document Management System.
Go to http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms/ and enter Docket No. 2015-0022.

The PUC’s Public Listening Sessions for the proposed merger are as follows:

MAUI
Friday, September 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Lihikai Elementary School Cafeteria
335 S. Papa Avenue
Kahului, Hawaii

LANAI
Saturday, September 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Lanai High & Elementary School Cafeteria
555 Fraser Avenue
Lanai City, Hawaii

MOLOKAI
Saturday, September, 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Kulana Oiwi, Halau Area
600 Mauna Loa Highway
Kaunakakai, Hawaii

HAWAII (HILO)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Hilo High School Cafeteria
556 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii

HAWAII (KONA)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
74-5000 Puohulihuli Street
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

KAUAI
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
King Kaumualii Elementary School Cafeteria
4380 Hanamaulu Road
Lihue, Hawaii

OAHU
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
McKinley High School Cafeteria (location tentative)
1039 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii


8/5/2015

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has set formal evidentiary hearings and public listening sessions on the merger between NextEra and Hawaiian Electric.

There will be three formal evidentiary hearings at the Blaisdell Center on Ward Avenue from 9:30am to 5:00pm on the following dates:

November 30-December 3

December 7-11

December 14-16

There will be seven public listening sessions held on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu, starting on Maui, September 4, 2015.

For a complete list with dates, times, and locations click here to open an electronic copy of the PUC’s order.


For prior notices and events, please visit our Archived Notices and Events page.

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