Integrated Grid Planning

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

Upcoming public involvement opportunities

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Who does Hawaiian Electric work with?

We engage four groups in planning for a clean energy grid:

  • Broad public. This includes customers and community members across the islands we serve. Public participation informs each step of our planning process.
  • Stakeholder council. These representatives come from each island, the state, partner agencies and developers. This group ensures that our plans align with interests across the islands.
  • Technical advisory panel. Experts in energy technologies and engineering make up this panel as an independent source of peer assessment.
  • Working groups. These specialized groups serve in an advisory capacity. They are focused on specific topics like social and economic resilience, transmission planning and the sourcing and evaluation of contractors.

Click the boxes in the graphic below to learn more about each group.

Stakeholder Engagement Groups

Stakeholder Engagement Model A diagram showing a two-way flow of information, input and feedback between the IGP process and the stakeholder groups, which currently are Stakeholder Council, Working Groups, and Technical Advisory Panel. Broad Public Engagement Page Stakeholder Council Page Working Groups Page Technical Advisory Panel Page

Other Groups

The four IGP groups are not working alone—there are many others outside the Hawaiian Electric IGP process who are involved in creating a clean energy future. These groups include policymakers and regulators (like the Public Utilities Commission), developers and community organizations.

Policymakers and regulators, developers and community organizations

How does Hawaiian Electric involve the public?

We view the public as an active and essential partner in implementing our Climate Change Action Plan. We strive to break down the barriers between our work and the communities we are a part of and serve. We’ll continue to build partnerships with community members by listening, learning and integrating ideas and feedback into our planning process.

We are committed to equitable, inclusive and transparent community engagement at each step of the planning process. This means:

Providing accessible and inclusive opportunities to engage

  • Offering multiple ways to engage, both online and in person.
  • Hosting in-person meetings in familiar locations that are accessible by public transportation.
  • Providing information in multiple languages and in formats that meet or exceed accessibility standards.
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Reaching out to and integrating feedback from people who are historically underserved

  • Prioritizing outreach to underserved and potentially most impacted communities, including people who live in rural areas and people closest to places where new energy facilities may be located.
  • Listening to community members’ experiences, priorities and vision, and then using their feedback to shape planning outcomes.
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Being accountable to feedback we have received

  • Reviewing and considering public feedback as part of planning decisions, including where to locate new energy facilities and transmission corridors.
  • Clearly communicating how community input shapes outcomes throughout the planning process through feedback loops.
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Safety is our top priority!

Our outreach strategies will align with all local, state, and federal guidelines for public health and safety.

What outreach tools will Hawaiian Electric use?

In 2022, we will use virtual and in-person outreach tools to share information with the public and gather input.

  • Online participation site: Hub for up-to-date information and community feedback, with interactive maps, comment form and survey questions.
  • Briefings with community organizations: Offering presentations at existing community meetings, either virtually or in person.
  • Community talk stories: Smaller, informal in-person or virtual conversations with community members to share information and discuss Hawaii’s energy future.
  • Public meetings: Broad public meetings with presentations, Q&A sessions and opportunities to share input.

We will tailor our outreach tools and strategies to meet the unique needs of each island.

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