Repost by Walter Havekorst – Hawaii Public Utilities Commission orders Hawaiian utilities to facilitate interconnection of PV systems

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission orders Hawaiian utilities to facilitate interconnection of PV systems
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Together HECO, MECO and HELCO – all owned by electricity supplier Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. – supply electricity to roughly 95% of the Hawaiian population.

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01.05.2014: The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has announced four major decisions and orders that collectively provide key policy, resource planning and operational directives to the Hawaiian Electric Industries companies Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. (HECO), Maui Electric Co. Ltd. (MECO) and Hawaii Electric Light Co. Inc. (HELCO). The orders require the utilities to develop and implement major improvement action plans to aggressively pursue energy cost reductions, proactively respond to emerging renewable energy integration challenges, improve the interconnection process for customer-sited PV systems and embrace customer demand response programs. Among other things, the orders require the three utilities to come up with technical solutions and action plans to increase distributed generation interconnection capability in major capacity increments within the next 120 days. The utilities must now also develop and implement a distribution circuit monitoring program to determine whether high penetration of PV systems creates safety, power quality of reliability problems, and they must investigate how to safely integrate more renewable energy onto the grid over the next 20 years. Together HECO, MECO and HELCO – all owned by electricity supplier Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. – supply electricity to roughly 95% of the Hawaiian population. Approximately 129 MW of new PV capacity was added to the companies’ grids in 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2013, the grids of these three electric companies hosted a total of 40,159 PV systems with a total capacity of 300 MW. © PHOTON

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