Attention Maui Residents! Notice of Informational Meeting – the Maui Island Grid

Posted on Jul 1, 2024 in Hot Topics, Important Events, Main

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This is a friendly reminder that the State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission will host a hybrid informational meeting next week on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College where Hawaiian Electric Companies (“Hawaiian Electric”) will provide an informational presentation to the local community to learn more about Hawaiian Electric’s current operations and future plans for Maui’s electric grid.

Informational Meeting- Hybrid Format: (See attachment)

Date and Time:

Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 5:00 p.m.


University of Hawaii Maui College – (See attachment)

310 Kaahumanu Ave. -Ike Lea Room 144

Kahului, HI  96732


  • In-person Participation:
    Location: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College

Parking: Next to the Ike Lea Building, with entry from Wahina Piʻo Avenue, (enter from Wahina Piʻo Avenue). Additional parking is available fronting Ka‘a‘ike, and Pā‘ina buildings.

Venue Restrictions: Food and beverages are not allowed.

  • Virtual Participation:
    Online or Phone: Pre-meeting registration is required by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2024 for persons wishing to provide oral comments virtually.
[Register]Register at:



I. Welcome, Introductions, and Call Meeting to Order by PUC Chair Leo Asuncion – 5 minutes

II. Brief Consumer Advocate Presentation – 5 minutes

III. Hawaiian Electric Informational Presentation – 30 minutes

Hawaiian Electric’s presentation includes general information including general timing and cost components for the projects or programs discussed below.

    1. Present and Upcoming Generation Challenges:
  • Planned Kahului Power Plant closure – 2027
  • Proposed Maalaea Power Plant unit retirements
  • Maui renewable projects that have not come online
  • Other challenges.
    1. Future Generation Addition Plans:
  • Overview and status of Hawaiian Electric RFP projects on Maui (Stages 1, 2, 3, and Hawaiian Electric’s plans for future Integrated Grid Planning RFPs to procure resources)
    1. Generation Reserve Margins:
  • Current reserve margins (supply of electricity available above expected peak demand) for Maui
  • Size of various generators by unit on Maui
    1. Improvements for the Future:
  • Future improvements for Maui infrastructure resilience
  • Future Hawaiian Electric system reliability improvements on Maui
  • Hawaiian Electric Public Safety Power Shutoffs & related changes

IV. Public Comment

Following Hawaiian Electric’s presentation, the PUC invites members of the public to provide comment on any aspect of the presentation. Public comments will be limited to 3 minutes per commenter, subject to call or expansion of time by the Chair.

V. Closing Remarks – PUC Chair Leo Asuncion


Submit Comments:

Comments may be submitted in writing or given orally during the meeting in-person or virtually. All written comments will be publicly accessible on the PUC’s Case and Document Management System (“CDMS”) and comments given orally during the public meeting will be publicly accessible via the recording of the meeting on the PUC’s YouTube page.

  • In-Person Comments:
    • Persons wishing to give oral comments in-person on issues on the agenda must register at the meeting location. Submission of written comments in addition to giving oral comments is highly recommended.
  • Virtual Comments:
  • Written Comments
    • All written public comments should reference the “Maui Island Grid Meeting” and Docket No. 2021-0024, which is a public repository for receiving any information related to the transition plans for retiring fossil fuel plants. Any written comments received up to 48 hours in advance of the meeting will be distributed to the Commissioners prior to the meeting.
    • Submit online at:
    • Submit by mail to:           Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

465 South King St., #103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (808) 586-2020.


The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024 at 5:00 PM. This meeting is a chance to learn more about the Hawaiian Electric’s current operations and future plans for Maui’s electric grid.

What you can expect:

  • Presentation by Hawaiian Electric: They will discuss current challenges, future generation plans, and planned grid improvements.
  • Public Comment: You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns about the current operations and future of Maui’s electricity grid.

How to Participate:

  • Attend in person: The meeting will be held at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Ike Lea 144 Room (310 Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732). See attached map for parking information.
  • Attend virtually: Pre-register by July 1st at link to register.
  • Watch live: You can watch the live broadcast on the PUC’s YouTube page: link to PUC YouTube.

How to Submit Comments:

  • Written comments: Submit online at HERE or by mail to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King St., #103, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813. Be sure to reference “Maui Island Grid Meeting” and Docket No. 2021-0024.
  • Oral comments: You can provide oral comments during the meeting in person or virtually (pre-registration required).

This is your chance to learn more about and have a say in the future of your electricity!

[Attached PDF: Meeting Notice with Full Details]

We recommend you review the full meeting notice (attached) for additional details.

We, the Division of Consumer Advocacy, are here to represent your interests. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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