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Competitive Bidding for New Generation

Answers to questions from stakeholders will be updated periodically.


Keahole and Puna Site Visit Q&As

RFP Update (Sept 3, 2019)

A site visit at the Company's Keahole Generating Station property (Keahole Site) and Puna Generating Station (Puna Site) was held on August 7, 2019. View the questions and answers raised during the site visits.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFP Update (September 3, 2019)

On August 29, the Commission issued Order No. 36493 and created a new proceeding, Docket No. 2019-0178, to receive filings, review approval requests, and resolve disputes related to the Companies' Molokai and Lanai Draft. Please refer to this docket instead of Docket No. 2017-0352.

Molokai and Lanai RFP Status Conference (September 3, 2019)

The Commission also scheduled a Status Conference for Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King Street, #103, Hearing Room, in downtown Honolulu.

In the interest of maximizing time for questions after the Companies' presentation, the Commission instructs any interested stakeholders (i.e., anyone other than the Hawaiian Electric Companies and the Consumer Advocate) to email Samantha Ruiz at samantha.n.ruiz@hawaii.gov, providing an RSVP indicating (1) if you will be attending the status conference (a) in-person or (b) by phone, and (2) if you intend to ask questions of the Hawaiian Electric Companies following their presentation. Please provide an RSVP by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.


Updated Proposer's Conference Webinar for the Stage 2 Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs

RFP Update (August 30, 2019)

Stage 2 RFPs Proposer's Conference Webinar Video


Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs

RFP Update (August 22, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs and supporting documentation for the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii on August 22, 2019 as directed under Order No. 36474. The final RFP documents are available at the links below.

The RFPs are now open. Bidders must submit proposals via Power Advocate, an electronic procurement platform. See Appendix B and Appendix D of the RFPs for registration, user information and instructional information. Bids must be received through PowerAdvocate by Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 2:00 pm Hawaii Standard time (HST). (Company Self-Build bids must be received through PowerAdvocate by Monday, November 4, 2019, 2:00 pm HST.)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies August 22, 2019 Filing:

All questions or concerns regarding the RFP, while the RFP event is open, shall be submitted to the Company via the PowerAdvocate Messaging tab.

Information for PowerAdvocate Platform technical support can be referenced in Appendix B of the RFP. PowerAdvocate Platform support is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time (2:00 am to 2:00 pm HST when daylight savings is in effect) Monday to Friday, except for Holidays posted on the PowerAdvocate website, both by phone: 857-453-5800 and by e-mail: support@poweradvocate.com.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFP Update (August 12, 2019)

To aid interested stakeholders in their review the following documents are now available in Microsoft Word Document format:


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFPs Filed (August 8, 2019)

On August 6, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired With Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") for the islands of Molokai and Lanai and respective supporting documentation to the commission for their review.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 30, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Submission of Revisions to the Proposed Final Draft Requests for Proposals on July 26, 2019.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 19, 2019): Site visits scheduled for Company-owned sites

Hawaii Variable RFP

Keahole Site Visit
Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. ("the Company") will be seeking proposals for the supply of contingency storage for the Company System. For the purpose of siting a project to fulfill all or part of the contingency storage need, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the Company's Keahole Generating Station property. Interested parties are invited to attend the site visit to be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10 am (HST).

The site visit will require access through an operational power plant. Therefore, attendees will be required to register as a visitor, participate in a safety briefing, and wear appropriate attire. Attendees will also be required to sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement for each site visit, the form of which is available below.

Please plan accordingly and be on time. Access through the property and to the site will not be guaranteed for late arrivals. The Keahole Generating Station is located at 73-4249 Pukiawe St. Kailua, Hawaii 96740. Park outside the main gate and a sign in with the Company representative. The Company Representative will conduct a safety briefing and escort the group to the site.

Attendees are required to wear long pants and covered shoes. Participants should be prepared to be exposed to the sun for approximately 1 hour and must be able to walk over uneven terrain.

All attendees will be accompanied by a guide who will be available to answer questions about the site. All questions and answers will be logged and made available at a later date on the Company's website for this request for proposals.

Those planning to attend, or anyone with questions, are encouraged to notify the Company via email at hawaiivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com. Please note that attendance at the site visit is not mandatory to participate in the RFP.

For directions or questions on the day of the site visit only, please contact Shane DeMello at (808) 896-5533.

Puna Site Visit
Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. ("the Company") will be seeking proposals for the supply of contingency storage for the Company System. For the purpose of siting a project to fulfill all or part of the contingency storage need, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the Company's Puna Generating Station property. Interested parties are invited to attend the site visit to be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm (HST).

The site visit will require access through an operational power plant. Therefore, attendees will be required to register as a visitor, participate in a safety briefing, and wear appropriate safety attire and Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE"). Attendees will also be required to sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement for each site visit, the form of which is available below.

Please plan accordingly and be on time. Access through the property and to the site will not be guaranteed for late arrivals. The Puna Generating Station is located at 16-328 Railroad Ave. Keaau, Hawaii 96749. Park outside the main gate (in front of the steam plant) and a sign in with the Company representative. The Company Representative will take attendance, conduct a safety briefing and escort the group to the site.

Attendees are required to wear long pants and use the following PPE: hard hat, steel-toed safety shoes, and safety glasses. A limited number of PPE will be available for use, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Participants should be prepared to be exposed to the sun for approximately 1 hour and must be able to walk over uneven terrain.

All attendees will be accompanied by a guide who will be available to answer questions about the site. All questions and answers will be logged and made available at a later date on the Company's website for this request for proposals.

Those planning to attend, or anyone with questions, are encouraged to notify the Company via email at hawaiivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com. Please note that attendance at the site visit is not mandatory to participate in the RFP.

For directions or questions on the day of the site visit only, please contact Everett Lacro at (808) 896-8151 or Andrew Jones at (808) 896-0875.

Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement Form

Oahu Variable RFP

For information on the Kahe Site Visit, please see Hawaiian Electric's Competitive Bidding website.

Maui Variable RFP

For information on the Waena Site Visit, please see Maui Electric's Competitive Bidding website.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 16, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Proposed Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation RFPs and supporting documentation for the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii as directed under Order No. 36356 on July 10. Grid Services RFP documents and additional information are available at the Demand Response RFP website.

Order No. 36356 - Providing Guidance on the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Proposed Request for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals

RFP Stage 2 Update (June 27, 2019)

On June 10, 2019, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued Order No. 36356 in Docket No. 2017-0352, Providing Guidance on the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Phase 2 Draft Requests for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation.


RFP Technical Conference (June 27, 2019)

Proposer's conference webinars will be updated for the Renewable RFPs and Grid Services RFP following the July 10, 2019 filing of proposed final drafts of the RFPs pursuant to Order No. 36536. These updated webinars will be made available on-demand for convenience.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Comments regarding Stage 2 Draft RFPs

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 20, 2019)

The Companies submitted a letter to further stakeholder engagement and to address comments from the Commission, State of Hawaii Division of Consumer Advocacy, and other stakeholders from the April 18th and May 2nd status conferences.


Questions

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 7, 2019)

The Draft RFP indicated that questions about the viability of interconnecting a proposed project at a specific location, clarifying questions on the competitive bidding process, and questions on the draft documents can be directed to the Companies via the RFP Email Addresses prior to submitting a proposal. Although the RFPs' scope and requirements are still being finalized through the Status Conferences and PUC guidance, Proposers can submit specific questions to the respective island's RFP Email Address for which it plans to submit a proposal to in advance of the opening of the RFP.

The Companies will endeavor to respond to the questions given what is known at the time the questions are proposed. Responses released prior to the opening of the RFPs may be subject to change based on the RFPs' final and approved forms.

Please direct any questions regarding the Stage 2 Renewable RFP webinar to the respective email boxes:

hawaiivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com
mauivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com
oahuvariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Status Conferences

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 7, 2019)

Two Status Conferences were held by the PUC on April 18, 2019 and May 2, 2019. The presentations for those conferences have been made available here for convenience.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Stage 2 Update (April 9, 2019)

In accordance with their filing on April 1, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Attachments B, N, and O to the Model RDG PPAs Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") on April 8, 2019 to the commission for their review.

In addition to the Companies' April 1, 2019 and April 8, 2019 filings, to aid interested stakeholders in their review the following documents are now available in Microsoft Word Document format:


RFP Stage 2 Update (April 5, 2019)

On February 27, 2019, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued Order No. 36187 in Docket No. 2017-0352, Providing Guidance in Advance of the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Phase 2 Draft Requests for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation. In accordance with Order No. 36187, on April 1, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") and for Grid Services from Customer-Sited Distributed Energy Resources, and respective supporting documentation to the commission for their review.


Announcements

  • The Public Utilities Commission hosted a status conference on February 7, 2019 with the Hawaiian Electric Companies, Consumer Advocate, and interested stakeholders to discuss plans for Phase 2 of the recently completed RFP process. At the conference, the Companies presented their proposed plans for Phase 2 of the RFP. Further guidance will be provided by Order in the subject docket (2017-0352).

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