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Hawaii

Legislative activities

Hawaii’s legislative activities primarily deal with renewable energy deployment and permitting, such as in 1992 prohibition of covenant restrictions for solar. The Legislature also enacted legislation in 2001 for net metering of certain renewable and expanded the capacity limits in 2004 (HB 2048) and in 2005 increase the carryover of net excess generation. (SB 1003) [2, 3]


Regulatory activities

Because Hawaii is separated from the mainland and has a completely independent grid for each island, Hawaii has had to address some of the basics of pricing power well before the rest of the country. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission addressed interruptible service by 1986 and off-peak and curtailable service by 2008 as a method of demand side management. Time-of-Use rates for businesses were approved by 1995 and residential customers in 2003. [1]

Demand side management consists of the Interruptible service rider is negotiated between the customer and the utility and approved by the Commission or the off-peak and curtailable service has the option of shifting load to off-peak hours not to exceed on-peak hours or have the option of curtailing load during the companies curtailment hours.

Time-of-Use rates break the cost for electricity into periods with demand priced on-peak or off-peak and energy priced on-peak, mid-peak, or off-peak.


Utilities and Rate Schedules

Hawaiian Electric Company
- Hawaiian Electric Company Rates

Hawaii Electric Light Company

Maui Electric Company, Ltd.

See the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for information on consumer-owned Cooperatives: http://www.nreca.org/members/MemberDirectory/Pages/default.aspx


State-Level Incentives

Hawaii has several tax incentives on renewable energy generation including corporate and personal tax credits, property tax incentives, and production incentives tax exemptions on renewable energy systems, sales tax incentives, and a state loan program.

More information can be found in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=HI


Additional Resources

State Energy Office:
- Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Hawaii State Energy Office

State Authority Dealing with Energy Regulation:
- Department of Budget & Finance Public Utilities Commission
- Docket Search: http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms/

Hawaii Revised Statutes

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?re=1&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=HI


References

[1] Hawaiian Electric Company, Electric Rates. URL: http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.8e4610c1e23714340b4c0610c510b1ca/?vgnextoid=10629349798b4110VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
[2] Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Hawaii Prohibition of Covenant Restrictions, 03/12/2010. URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=HI02R&re=1&ee=1
[3] Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Hawaii – Net Metering, 01/11/2010. URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=HI04R&re=1&ee=1