On Friday, June 28, 2013, the Hawaiian Electric Companies filed with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) their Integrated Resource Planning Report (IRP) and Five-Year Action Plans detailing plans to meet future electricity needs for Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island.
Integrated Resource Planning aims to develop comprehensive, 20-year plans for meeting energy needs under various scenarios in the Hawaiian Electric service territories, evaluating and integrating resources that supply electricity and those that reduce or better manage demand for electricity. The goal is to ensure delivery of reliable electric service for residential and business customers while striving to decrease the use of imported fossil fuel, increase efficiency and reduce electric bills.
The action plans were developed after a year of research, community discussion, analysis and deliberation, including input from a community advisory group of almost 70 business, community, and government, environmental and other leaders. Also, two rounds of public meetings were held on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island to seek questions and comments.
It is important to note that with the new “scenario-based” IRP process, action plans must be flexible enough to address the dynamic conditions in today’s global and local energy sector. Rather than a fixed course of the action, it makes sense for an action plan to be adjusted to take advantage of changes in technology, economic conditions, and other variables used to develop the plans. The Hawaiian Electric Companies will conduct periodic updates of their plans and will complete another full IRP process in three years.
If you would like to provide comments on the IRP report, you can email the PUC’s independent facilitator overseeing the IRP process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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