Key Dockets

On December 23, 2020, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a decision and order approving a new performance-based regulatory framework (PBR Framework) for the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The concept is easy to understand. The actual implementation mechanisms are extremely complex. The essence of PBR is to incentivize the utility with a system that rewards ...
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The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has extended the suspension of termination or disconnection of regulated utility services due to non-payment and/or assessment of other charges through March 31, 2021. Prior to this decision, the PUC requested feedback from the utilities and the Consumer Advocate (CA) to inform the decision-making regarding further extension of the disconnection ...
Read More Moratorium on disconnections of regulated utility services for nonpayment extended through March 31, 2021 (Docket No. 2020-0209)

The State of Hawai’i is committed to net negative carbon emissions by 2045. The purpose of the proposed eBus Pilot is three-fold fold: A. Develop ways for Hawaiian Electric to support make-ready infrastructure, B. Enable and accelerate the electrification of bus fleets in Hawaiian Electric service territories, and C. Improve renewable energy integration through bus ...
Read More Electric Bus (eBus) Make-Ready Infrastructure Pilot Project (Docket No. 2020-0098)

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the application of Launiupoko Irrigation Co., LLC, for approval of a temporary rate increase for non-potable (irrigation) water services in the Launiupoko area (Docket No. 2020-0089). The PUC will host the virtual hearing through WebEx for online and telephonic participation by all interested ...
Read More January 7 – Public Hearing for Application of Launiupoko Irrigation Co., LLC for a Temporary Rate Increase (Docket No. 2020-0089)

The University of Hawai‘i and Hawaiian Electric have agreed to collaborate on an innovative renewable energy initiative to help the university achieve its netzero energy goal and bring online more cost-effective, renewable energy resources to benefit the entire state. Key elements of the proposed program include: The university will provide a project location at no ...
Read More News Release: University of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian Electric agree on ‘green tariff’ to benefit campuses and community (Docket No. 2020-0204)

Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) have reached agreement on an amended contract that will significantly lower electric bills on Hawaii Island, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the island’s renewable portfolio standard to nearly 70 percent. The amended power purchase agreement was filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Dec. 31, 2019 ...
Read More News Release: Hawaiian Electric, Puna Geothermal Venture reach new agreement to reduce cost, expand output (Docket No. 2019-0333)

HECO, MECO, and HELCO are seeking approval for several Purchase Power Agreements. What is a Purchase Power Agreement?  It’s a contract between two parties, one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer-typically a utility). Contractual terms may last anywhere between 5 and 20 years, during which time ...
Read More Hawaii Electric Companies Seek Approval for Purchase Power Agreements

Young Brothers’ has submitted an application to the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval of its new cost of service model pursuant to Order No. 37280 Addressing Young Brothers, LLC’s Request for Emergency or Temporary Rate Relief in Docket No. 2019-0117. The DCA submitted a preliminary statement of position stating that due to many ...
Read More Young Brothers’ Application for New Cost of Service Model (Docket 2020-0135)

Responding to the Consumer Advocate’s request, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ordered the suspension of disconnections of electricity, gas, telecommunications, water, and wastewater services due to non-payment. The PUC has ordered an extension of the suspension of service disconnections until December 31, 2020. The PUC emphasizes that customers should continue paying their bills to ...
Read More PUC Extends Suspension of Disconnections of Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Water, and Wastewater Services

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted Young Brothers (YB) temporary rate relief request, set forth in YB Motion for Relief, filed July 7, 2020. The PUC found that, in light of extraordinary circumstances, YB is entitled to its requested rate increase for the purposes of temporary rate relief. Read more about the Order here. For ...
Read More PUC Grants Young Brothers Temporary Rate Relief Request – Docket No. 2019-0117

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