Key Performance Metrics

Renewable Energy

Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) Compliance

The Hawaiian Electric Companies’ RPS Status Report is filed annually with the Public Utilities Commission and calculates the RPS percentage based on total sales for the previous calendar year in accordance with the RPS law. This RPS Compliance metric estimates the percent of sales that is represented by renewable energy. This metric approximates how the RPS will be calculated from 2015 forward when electrical savings from energy efficiency and solar water heating will not be counted towards achievement of RPS compliance. The charts below indicate how the Companies are achieving compliance with the RPS on a consolidated and individual basis.

Hawaiian Electric Companies (Consolidated)

RPS

Hawaiian Electric Company

RPS

Maui Electric Company

RPS

Hawaii Electric Light Company

RPS

* Updated 03/30/17

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System Renewable Energy (“System RE”)

The System Renewable Energy metric differs from the Renewable Portfolio Standard because it estimates the percent of total net generation that is represented by renewable energy rather than being based on sales and does not include customer-sited renewable generation. Net generation is the amount of electricity generated and transmitted to the utility grid from the source (i.e., power plant). Generation from independent power producers (“IPPs”) and utility power plants is recorded at the net generation level. Sales are lower than the net generation due to losses in transmitting the electricity from the source to the customers. Therefore, the System Renewable Energy will result in values lower than the RPS since customer-sited renewable generation is not included and net generation is used instead of sales. The charts below show the results for the Companies on a consolidated and individual basis.

Hawaiian Electric Companies (Consolidated)

System Renewable Energy

Hawaiian Electric Company

System Renewable Energy

Maui Electric Company

System Renewable Energy

Hawaii Electric Light Company

System Renewable Energy

* Updated 03/30/17

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Total Renewable Energy (“Total RE”)

The Total Renewable Energy metric differs from the RPS because it is based on total energy and not sales. Similar to the RPS, the contribution from customer-sited renewable generation is included as part of the renewable energy generated and must also be added to the total net generation of the system. The charts below show the results for the Companies on a consolidated and individual basis.

Hawaiian Electric Companies (Consolidated)

Total Renewable Energy

Hawaiian Electric Company

Total Renewable Energy

Maui Electric Company

Total Renewable Energy

Hawaii Electric Light Company

Total Renewable Energy

* Updated 03/30/17

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Amount of Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

The Amount of Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment metric estimates the amount of energy that may have been available from renewable energy resources but could not be accepted onto the grid. At those times when the output from renewable energy resources exceeds the ability of the grid to accept that energy, the output of one or more curtailable resources must be reduced so that the balance of total system generation and total system demand can be maintained (excess energy). The output of renewable energy resources may be curtailed by the system operator for other reasons including (a) failure of a facility to meet performance standards, (b) system constraints that are mitigated by reduction in the facility output and (c) localized system maintenance requiring reduction in output from the facility. There are also occasions where the curtailment occurred at the request of the facility, such as high wind speed conditions, maintenance of equipment, and other operational conditions. The renewable energy curtailment metric reported below includes curtailments for any reason.

The amount of curtailed energy is not a measurable quantity. It can only be estimated by calculating a theoretical production potential and comparing that against the amount of energy actually accepted onto the grid. The energy accepted is a measured quantity. The amount of curtailed energy is the difference between the two quantities.

The Amount of Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment metric is presented in two graphs below for each island system, except for Moloka‘i. The first graph, Estimated Curtailed Energy as a Percentage of Available IPP Curtailable Energy, provides the percentage of estimated curtailed energy relative to estimated potential energy from the IPP curtailable renewable resources. This percentage represents estimated curtailed energy as a percentage of estimated available curtailable energy. The second graph, Estimated Curtailed Energy as a Percentage of Available IPP Curtailable Energy Plus All Other Renewable Energy Generation, provides the percentage of estimated curtailed energy based on the sum of curtailable, non-curtailable (e.g., distributed photovoltaic (“PV”)), and other scheduled renewable generation resources (e.g., Oahu’s H-Power and Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (“HC&S”) power plants), as well as utility-owned renewable generation resources. This percentage represents estimated curtailed energy as a percentage of renewable energy accepted from all renewable resources.

Please click here to read more about wind energy integration at Maui Electric.

Please click here to download the monthly curtailment reports filed in the Reliability Standards Working Group (“RSWG”) Docket No. 2011-0206.

Hawaiian Electric Company

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment
Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Maui Division

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment
Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Lanai Division

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment
Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Molokai Division

Maui Electric – Molokai Division has no curtailable renewable energy generation resources at this time.

Hawaii Electric Light Company

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment
Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

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Amount of Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment by Category

There are many specific reasons for curtailing renewable energy. Some conditions and activities are rare and occur very infrequently, while other situations are more commonplace. To simplify the curtailment reasons so they are more easily understandable, can be categorized consistently, and to minimize interpretation of what causes the curtailment event, the Companies have adopted the following three curtailment categories:

  • Oversupply: Curtailment is required to maintain the balance of the total system generation and total system demand. This condition includes the commitment and dispatch of all system generators that are required to operate for good engineering and operating reasons. Curtailment for oversupply usually follows the facility curtailment seniority.
  • System Constraint: A system problem or situation that is best addressed with the curtailment of a particular facility. Hence, curtailment does not observe the curtailment seniority.
  • Facility Requested: Curtailment enacted in accordance with a request from a renewable energy generating facility. As an example, the renewable wind energy facilities may make this request during high wind speed periods to prevent wind turbine generator equipment damage.

Hawaiian Electric Company

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Maui Division

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Lanai Division

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

Maui Electric Company – Molokai Division

Maui Electric – Molokai Division has no curtailable renewable energy generation resources at this time.

Hawaii Electric Light Company

Renewable Energy Generation Curtailment

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Number of NEM Program Participants and Capacity of NEM Program

The Companies’ Net Energy Metering (NEM) program is governed by the Rule 18 tariff and enrollment into the programs is either through the Appendix I agreement (for systems 10 kW and below in capacity) or through the Appendix II agreement (for systems above 10 kW up to and including 100 kW in capacity). Residential customers typically seek enrollment under the Appendix I agreement.

On October 12, 2015, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission issued Decision and Order No. 33258 which closed the NEM program to new participants and approved interconnection under new customer self-supply (“CSS”) and customer grid-supply (“CGS”) options as a transitional market structure for distributed generation resources. The NEM program is fully subscribed as of October 13, 2015. The Companies will continue to execute NEM agreements that were submitted before October 13, 2015 and have been approved for installation, until the queue is cleared. As of September 30, 2016, there were two systems executed under CSS and 647 systems under CGS.

To view the Net Energy Metering (NEM) annual reports filed with the PUC click here.

The graphs below contain quarterly data representing the cumulative number of customers and system capacity (MW) enrolled in the NEM program for the Companies on a consolidated and individual basis. Nearly all PV systems enrolled in NEM are rooftop PV systems. Approximately 96% of all participants are residential customers enrolled under the Appendix I agreement on a consolidated basis. The residential customers’ participation levels (for Appendix 1 and Appendix 2) by company are: Hawaiian Electric, 97%; Maui Electric, 93%; and Hawaii Electric Light, 95%.

Hawaiian Electric Companies (Consolidated)

NEM Program Participants

Hawaiian Electric Company

NEM Program Participants

Maui Electric Company

NEM Program Participants

Hawaii Electric Light Company

NEM Program Participants

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Amount of Energy Exported by NEM Program Participants

The graphs below contain quarterly data representing the total amount of energy (kWh) exported to the grid by NEM customers (all rate classes) on a consolidated and individual company basis. The total amount of energy exported to the grid is the amount of energy produced by the customer’s renewable energy system less customer loads. This metric contains data for NEM program participants (those customers who have an executed NEM contract and net meter installed as defined by the Rule No. 18 tariff) and does not include other renewable programs such as Feed-In-Tariff (“FIT”) or Standard Interconnection (“SIA”).

Hawaiian Electric Companies (Consolidated)

NEM Energy Exported

Hawaiian Electric Company

NEM Energy Exported

Maui Electric Company

NEM Energy Exported

Hawaii Electric Light Company

NEM Energy Exported

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