The completion of large grid-scale projects and thousands of residential solar systems provided the largest-ever annual increase in solar capacity on Hawaiian Electric’s five island systems.
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.
During 2015, Hawaii Electric Light donated more than $155,000 in corporate contributions to non-profit and community organizations across Hawaii Island to support community services provided by Arc of Hilo, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii, Hawaii Island United Way, Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Hope Services Hawaii, Kona Hospital Foundation, Kuikahi Mediation Center, and other organizations.
Hawaii Electric Light Company will close its Waimea bill payment office, located at the Hawaii Electric Light Waimea Base Yard, effective May 2, 2016. The office will be closed due to decreasing use by customers.
The Hawaiian Electric Companies today submitted an interim status report on plans for a diverse mix of energy resources to meet the state’s 100 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2045.
Ormat withdraws from contract negotiations to provide 25MW of additional geothermal energy on Hawaii Island
Hawaii Electric Light today announced that Ormat has withdrawn from contract negotiations to provide 25 MW of additional geothermal energy on Hawaii Island. The negotiations were part of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, a competitive bidding framework initiated to add lower cost, firm, renewable geothermal energy to the island’s energy portfolio.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) (HEI) today announced that support for the companies’ proposed merger continues to increase, as evidenced by the more than 50 different groups that have voiced support for the transaction, including most recently, the Hawaii Business Roundtable.