Integrated Grid Planning
What is Integrated Grid Planning?
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The Hawaiian Electric Companies' Integrated Grid Planning (IGP) process is a fully integrated planning and procurement process rooted in customer and stakeholder input. The IGP is intended to create customer value by harmonizing resource, transmission, and distribution planning processes by evaluating the collective identified system needs and coordinating solutions that provide the best value on a consolidated basis. This approach appraises the total needs of the system, considers all alternatives (from customers, independent providers and the utility), then selects the lowest cost/best fit solution(s) to produce an optimized portfolio to reliably and affordably operate the grid with the desired level of resilience.
The overall IGP stakeholder engagement model provides a robust framework that enables the Companies to engage with stakeholders and customers to gather their input and feedback throughout the IGP process and leverage global insights on emerging best planning practices in a systematic manner. Consistent with our previously discussed plans and Commission direction, the Companies are establishing independent facilitation to enable stakeholders and customers to effectively share their input and feedback and provide a balanced, respectful discussion among all stakeholders throughout the IGP process.
Stakeholder Engagement Groups
The stakeholder engagement framework is intended to provide ongoing customer and stakeholder engagement through both public outreach and several stakeholder engagement groups. The stakeholder engagement groups principally include the Stakeholder Council and technical working groups. Additionally, the Companies have formed an independent Technical Advisory Panel of industry experts in power system planning to act as a sounding board on technical issues given the several leading-edge aspects of the IGP planning and sourcing.
IGP involves several aspects that will involve process changes, enhancements and new methods. These improvements involve technical aspects that will benefit from stakeholder education, input and feedback. As such, Working Group(s) ("WG") will be formed on an as needed basis to address specific topics in an advisory only capacity and not as a decision making group. Working Group(s) will be stood down upon completion of the work task related to their input and contributions involving their subject-matter expertise.
Below is a proposed timeframe for meetings with various stakeholder groups.
- The Hawaiian Electric Companies' Integrated Grid Planning Symposium was held on November 15 & 16, 2017.
- The Hawaiian Electric Companies hosted a public workshop to highlight the Integrated Grid Planning process in Honolulu on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 9:30am-10:30am, American Savings Bank Building, 8th floor, 1001 Bishop Street.
- County of Hawaii comments filed on October 10, 2018
- Division of Consumer Advocacy, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs comments filed on October 15, 2018
- Hawaii PV Coalition comments filed October 15, 2018
- Life of the Land comments filed October 15, 2018
- Energy Freedom Coalition of America comments filed October 15, 2018
- Blue Planet comments filed October 15, 2018
- Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism comments filed on October 15, 2018