Hawaiian Electric submits Integrated Grid Plan to state PUC

Published on April 05, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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Hawaiian Electric has developed a plan for its island grids that looks to foster a clean energy system that is powered by resources from Hawaii.

The draft “Integrated Grid Plan: A pathway to a clean energy future” outlines the company’s steps to achieve zero carbon emissions and use 100 percent local, renewable resources. The draft plan was filed this week with the Public Utilities Commission.

“Integrated grid planning is a collective process of balancing technical data with our customer and community values,” said Colton Ching, Hawaiian Electric’s senior vice president of planning and technology. “This thorough planning process provided Hawaiian Electric and our customers a clear plan forward to meeting our state’s clean energy goals while keeping reliability and affordability top of mind. Comments from the community will help us refine our actions and focus areas for the next several years.”

The draft Integrated Grid Plan identifies four critical actions that must be taken within the next five years. Those four actions are to stabilize utility rates and advance energy equity; grow the marketplace for customer-scale and large-scale renewables; create a modern and resilient grid; and secure reliability through diverse energy sources and technologies.

The draft plan also includes details on technical findings and community engagement throughout the planning process.

The public will be able to review the full Integrated Grid Plan and provide comments until April 21. All comments will be addressed in the final version of the Integrated Grid Plan, scheduled for filing in May 2023.