With the planned closure of the coal-burning AES Hawaii power plant on Oahu and retirement of Maui's oldest oil-fired plant within the next five years, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are beginning the second phase of an ambitious renewable resource procurement to continue the transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy.
Maui Electric honors the largest graduating class of the Sustainable Science Management (SSM) Program at the University of Hawaii at Maui College (UHMC).
Maui Electric Company today asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for permission to begin the process of acquiring approximately 40 megawatts (MW) of dispatchable, firm generation.
For the eighth year, Maui Electric Company has been named one of the nation's top utilities for connecting the most solar watts per customer to the grid, earning ninth place in the annual Top 10 list compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association.
Hawaiian Electric Companies submit updated 30-year energy plans charting a course to 100 percent renewable energy
The Hawaiian Electric Companies today outlined a detailed plan charting a 30-year course leading to 100 percent renewable energy in Hawaii. The plan lays out near-term actions to lay the foundation for meeting the most ambitious energy goals in the country, while preserving the flexibility needed to adapt to future advances in technology, changes in policy, and reductions in development costs.
With the next generation of the energy grid, customers will have more information to control their electric bills. More renewable energy will be integrated, producing and delivering power will be more cost-efficient, and power outages will be restored faster.
Electric customers on Oahu, Molokai and Lanai are seeing the lowest monthly electric bills in more than six years, largely due to the continued drop in fuel prices. Bills for customers on Hawaii Island are the lowest in nine years.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies have been honored for the Renewable Integration Project of the Year at the 26th annual DistribuTECH Conference, the nation’s largest annual meeting focused on electricity transmission and distribution.
Customers are responding in growing numbers to new rooftop solar programs authorized by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. So far 350 applications for the new Grid-Supply program have been approved by the Hawaiian Electric Companies.
In partnership with E-Gear LLC, the Hawaiian Electric Companies will launch a pilot program designed to allow more customers to interconnect rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems on Molokai. The level of PV systems already installed or approved for installation on the island’s small electric grid is among the highest in the islands.
Hawaii Island led the state with 48.7 percent of customer electricity use coming from renewable resources in 2015. Maui County, including Molokai and Lanai, recorded 35.4 percent and Oahu achieved 17.2 percent of electricity used from renewable energy.