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WHAT’S NEW, HOT TOPICS & IMPORTANT DOCKETS

8/7/2014
The Public Utilities Commission is inviting public comment on the Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan filed by Hawaiian Electric. The deadline for file public comments is September 8, 2014. The PUC is seeking comment on whether the IDRPP as proposed will provide these benefits to customers, and/or what could be done to improve the IDRPP. For more details, visit the PUC’s IDRPP News Release Page.


6/3/2014
Hawaii offices began accepting applications today for customers needing financial assistance paying their electric or gas bill through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Interested applicants will need their most recent utility bill, proof of residence, Social Security Numbers for all household members, valid identification, and proof of gross income and assets.

Applications in Hawaii are typically accepted only in the month of June so contact the nearest office as soon as possible.

For more information visit the following websites:

Oahu:  http://www.hcapweb.org/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap/
Kauai:  http://www.keoinc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1:emergency-electric-assistance-program
Maui County:  http://meoinc.charityfinders.org/ComServ_LIHEAP
Hawaii Island:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1410557262564502/


6/2/2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from new and existing power plants today. To find out more, including how to provide comments on the proposal, visit the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards page.


4/29/2014
The PUC announced four major decision and orders regarding integrated resource planning, reliability standards, demand side management programs, and MECO’s system improvement and curtailment reduction plan. For more on the rulings and the dockets involved, go to the PUC News Releases.


4/16/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy is holding eight public hearings at various locations throughout Hawai’i on the Hawai’i Clean Energy Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) between May 12 and May 22, 2014. Each hearing will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an open house, followed by a 15 minute presentation, and the opportunity for oral comments. To find out more about the Hawaii Clean Energy PEIS, download the draft PEIS, and learn how to get involved, go to the Hawai‘i Clean Energy PEIS Website.


3/11/2014
Hawaiian Electric Co. will be installing “smart meters” in six neighborhoods on Oahu as part of a test of its smart-grid progam. The smart meters will replace existing meters at no charge. To read more about this test program, the neighborhoods involved, and the installation schedule, see Hawaiian Electric’s Smart Grid and Smart Meter Page.


3/10/2014
Mark your calendars! Dean Nishina of the Division of Consumer Advocacy will be speaking at WiRE’s March 19 session on “Curtailment – Why are we spilling renewables and how is it getting better through collaboration?”


3/5/2014
Click the link to read the DCCA’s March 2014 Ho’omalu article, Shedding a Light on Saving Energy.


2/26/2014
Hawaiian Electric states that, “[a]s of February 26, 2014, single-phase projects 10 kW or smaller on circuits with less than or equal to 120 percent of daytime minimum load (DML) (up from 100 percent) will NOT require an IRS. (Daytime minimum load refers to electricity demand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)”.  Click here to read more.


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

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Videos

January 2014:  See Consumer Advocate, Jeff Ono, on Season 3, Episode 1 of Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy.

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