Hawaiian Electric Industries: Finding Solid Renewable Energy Proposals on Oahu

Hawaiian Electric is looking for solid renewable energy proposals on Oahu


Draft call for proposals outlines community service requirements

Release date: 3/2/2022

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HONOLULU, March 2, 2022 – To meet the state’s clean energy goals, Hawaiian Electric submitted a draft call for proposals for fixed renewable energy procurement for Oahu.

Fixed renewable energy differs from intermittent resources such as solar and wind in that it is available at all times except during maintenance. It was a key part of Hawaiian Electric’s plans, dating back to the 2016 Power Improvement Plan.

Hawaiian Electric will seek proposals to acquire 500 to 700 megawatts of power from fixed renewable generation resources. Examples of robust renewable technologies include geothermal, waste incineration, green hydrogen, biomass, and projects using renewable fuels such as biodiesel.

“This is an important step in meeting the state’s renewable energy goals,” said Rebecca Dayhuff Matsushima, vice president of resource procurement at Hawaiian Electric. “Solar and wind energy resources will help us meet our near-term clean energy milestones, but we also need fixed renewable resources that are available to our customers when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.”

In response to community input, the Oahu Renewable Firm’s RFP, for the first time, requires that a community benefits package be submitted as part of a project proposal. The proposed requirement requires developers to fund a to-be-determined non-profit organization annually. Area community organizations could apply for grants from the nonprofit organization for community projects that benefit the host community.

As this is the first time for this requirement, during this phase of stakeholder engagement, Hawaiian Electric is specifically soliciting feedback on this requirement from communities and other stakeholders to further refine the requirement.

Hawaiian Electric hosted a virtual community meeting last week to gather public input before submitting the draft RFP. A recording of the event can be found here.

While new projects are being sought, proposals from existing fixed generation projects for new post-renewable fuel conversion conditions are also being accepted. If approved, the projects are expected to come online between 2029 and 2033. The timeline for proposals, subject to PUC approval, is:

milestone

schedule appointments

Technical status conference

March 14, 2022

Parties and participants submit comments via

April 4, 2022

PUC check and RFP release request

May 9, 2022

Proposed final RFP submitted by

May 31, 2022

Final RFP Approved and issued by

June 30, 2022

Hawaiian Electric Offer Due Date

September 29, 2022 at 2pm HST

IPP and Affiliate Proposal Due Date

September 30, 2022 at 2pm HST

Selection of the priority list

December 16, 2022

Hawaiian Electric Best and Last Offers Due

January 6, 2023

IPP and affiliate best and final bids are due

January 7, 2023

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