Consumer Advocate Files Goals-Outcomes Brief in Performance-Based Regulation Proceeding – Docket No. 2018-0088

Posted on Sep 3, 2018 in Key Dockets

Early this year, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) opened a proceeding to investigate the economic and policy issues associated with performance-based ratemaking for the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The Consumer Advocate (CA), in its filing, offered additional comments for the PUC’s consideration.

The CA suggests the PUC consider identifying the highest “priority” goals/outcomes and begin to establish priority levels or ordinal tiers for adopted outcomes. The CA notes prioritization is important for scheduling and to communicate the main focus of future efforts.

The CA recommends the PUC consider the following priorities: 1) affordability for all customers; 2) core customer needs; 3) equitable customer empowerment; and 4) resource planning and procurement. The CA cites that identifying priorities should help to guide the discussion and evaluation of which trade-offs might be reasonable.

For more information search Docket No. 2018-0088 on the PUC’s Document Management System in the “Docket Quick Link” search box.