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Hawaiian Electric Integrated Grid Planning "Soft Launch" RFP

RFP Appendix L - Scheduled and Contingency Capacity Purchase Agreement (“SCCPA”) Available for Review
A draft of the Model Scheduled and Contingency Capacity Purchase Agreement (“SCCPA”) for resources located in front of the meter is now available for review. This contract will be negotiable in the RFP. Please submit comments in writing no later than Monday, October 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. HST to responses@hawaiianelectric.com.

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Comment Period Open Through October 1, 2019
Please submit any comments on the Soft Launch RFP in writing no later than 4:00 p.m. HST to responses@hawaiianelectric.com.

IGP "Soft Launch" RFP
A draft of the Integrated Grid Planning ("IGP") Soft Launch request for proposals ("RFP") is now available. The identified need for the Soft Launch is to provide Reliability (back-tie) Services for the East Kapolei Area Distribution System on the island of Oahu. The IGP Soft Launch RFP is intended to be technology agnostic and will consider provider solutions behind the meter and/or in front of the meter. Providers may develop multiple solution proposals or combinations of proposals to satisfy the distribution needs on the system.

The IGP process is a fully integrated planning and procurement process rooted in customer and stakeholder input. The IGP process is intended to harmonize resource, transmission, and distribution planning processes and create customer value by evaluating the collective identified system needs and coordinating solutions that provide the best value on a consolidated basis. This approach appraises the total needs of the system, considers all alternatives (from customers, independent providers, and the utility), then selects the lowest cost/best fit solution(s) to produce an optimized portfolio which will contribute to reliable and affordable grid operations within the desired level of system and distribution resilience.

Invitation to IGP "Soft Launch" Technical Conference on September 9, 2019
Hawaiian Electric is hosting a Technical Conference for the IGP Soft Launch RFP on September 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the American Savings Bank Tower, 8th Floor Training Room 1, located at 1001 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. All interested parties are invited to attend in person or via Webex. At the September 9, 2019 Technical Conference, Hawaiian Electric will discuss the draft RFP, receive feedback and answer questions from stakeholders. Please RSVP to renewableacquisition@hawaiianelectric.com.

Presentation slides and meeting notes will be posted on the IGP Distribution Planning & Grid Services Working Group webpage after the meeting. Comments regarding the RFP should be made by October 1, 2019 to responses@hawaiianelectric.com.


Kahe Site Visit Q&As

RFP Update (Sept 3, 2019)

A site visit at the Company's Kahe Generating Station property (Kahe Site) was held on August 6, 2019. View the questions and answers raised during the Kahe Site visit.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFP Update (September 3, 2019)

On August 29, the Commission issued Order No. 36493 and created a new proceeding, Docket No. 2019-0178, to receive filings, review approval requests, and resolve disputes related to the Companies' Molokai and Lanai Draft. Please refer to this docket instead of Docket No. 2017-0352.

Molokai and Lanai RFP Status Conference (September 3, 2019)

The Commission also scheduled a Status Conference for Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King Street, #103, Hearing Room, in downtown Honolulu.

In the interest of maximizing time for questions after the Companies' presentation, the Commission instructs any interested stakeholders (i.e., anyone other than the Hawaiian Electric Companies and the Consumer Advocate) to email Samantha Ruiz at samantha.n.ruiz@hawaii.gov, providing an RSVP indicating (1) if you will be attending the status conference (a) in-person or (b) by phone, and (2) if you intend to ask questions of the Hawaiian Electric Companies following their presentation. Please provide an RSVP by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.


Updated Proposer's Conference Webinar for the Stage 2 Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs

RFP Update (August 30, 2019)

Stage 2 RFPs Proposer's Conference Webinar Video


Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs

RFP Update (August 22, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage RFPs and supporting documentation for the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii on August 22, 2019 as directed under Order No. 36474. The final RFP documents are available at the links below.

The RFPs are now open. Bidders must submit proposals via Power Advocate, an electronic procurement platform. See Appendix B and Appendix D of the RFPs for registration, user information and instructional information. Bids must be received through PowerAdvocate by Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 2:00 pm Hawaii Standard time (HST). (Company Self-Build bids must be received through PowerAdvocate by Monday, November 4, 2019, 2:00 pm HST.)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies August 22, 2019 Filing:

All questions or concerns regarding the RFP, while the RFP event is open, shall be submitted to the Company via the PowerAdvocate Messaging tab.

Information for PowerAdvocate Platform technical support can be referenced in Appendix B of the RFP. PowerAdvocate Platform support is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time (2:00 am to 2:00 pm HST when daylight savings is in effect) Monday to Friday, except for Holidays posted on the PowerAdvocate website, both by phone: 857-453-5800 and by e-mail: support@poweradvocate.com.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFP Update (August 12, 2019)

To aid interested stakeholders in their review the following documents are now available in Microsoft Word Document format:


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

Molokai and Lanai Draft RFPs Filed (August 8, 2019)

On August 6, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired With Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") for the islands of Molokai and Lanai and respective supporting documentation to the commission for their review.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 30, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Submission of Revisions to the Proposed Final Draft Requests for Proposals on July 26, 2019.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 19, 2019): Site visits scheduled for Company-owned sites

Oahu Variable RFP

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. ("the Company") will be seeking proposals for the supply of energy storage for the Company System. For the purpose of siting a project to fulfill all or part of the energy storage need, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the Company's Kahe Generating Station property. Interested parties are invited to attend the site visit to be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10 am (HST).

The site visit will require access through an operational power plant. Therefore, attendees will be required to register as a visitor, participate in a safety briefing, and wear appropriate safety attire and Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE"). Attendees will also be required to sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement, the form of which is available below.

Please plan accordingly and be on time. Access through the property and to the site will not be guaranteed for late arrivals. The Kahe Generating Station is located at 92-200 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, Oahu 96707. Park in the visitor parking lot and check in at the Guard Station at the main gate to the Generating Station. Identification (such as a Driver's License) will be required of anyone entering the property. The Security Officer on duty will provide directions to the Kahe Classroom, where the safety briefing will be conducted.

Attendees are required to wear long pants and use the following PPE: hard hat, steel-toed safety shoes, and safety glasses. A limited number of PPE will be available for use, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Participants should be prepared to be exposed to the sun for approximately 1 hour and must be able to walk over uneven terrain.

All attendees will be accompanied by a guide who will be available to answer questions about the site. All questions and answers will be logged and made available at a later date on the Company's website for this request for proposals.

Those planning to attend, or anyone with questions, are encouraged to notify the Company via email at oahuvariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com. Please note that attendance at the site visit is not mandatory to participate in the RFP.

For directions or questions on the day of the site visit only, please contact the Kahe Guard Station at (808) 543-4169.

Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement Form

Hawaii Variable RFP

For information on the Keahole Site Visit or the Puna Site Visit, please see Hawaii Electric Light's Competitive Bidding website.

Maui Variable RFP

For information on the Waena Site Visit, please see Maui Electric's Competitive Bidding website.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Update (July 16, 2019)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted to the PUC their Proposed Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation RFPs and supporting documentation for the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii as directed under Order No. 36356 on July 10. Grid Services RFP documents and additional information are available at the Demand Response RFP website.

Order No. 36356 - Providing Guidance on the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Proposed Request for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals

RFP Stage 2 Update (June 27, 2019)

On June 10, 2019, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued Order No. 36356 in Docket No. 2017-0352, Providing Guidance on the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Phase 2 Draft Requests for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation.


RFP Technical Conference (June 27, 2019)

Proposer's conference webinars will be updated for the Renewable RFPs and Grid Services RFP following the July 10, 2019 filing of proposed final drafts of the RFPs pursuant to Order No. 36536. These updated webinars will be made available on-demand for convenience.


Hawaiian Electric Integrated Grid Planning "Soft Launch" RFP

Upcoming working group meeting on June 19, 2019

IGP "Soft Launch" RFP
The Integrated Grid Planning ("IGP") process is a fully integrated planning and procurement process rooted in customer and stakeholder input. The IGP process is intended to harmonize resource, transmission, and distribution planning processes and create customer value by evaluating the collective identified system needs and coordinating solutions that provide the best value on a consolidated basis. This approach appraises the total needs of the system, considers all alternatives (from customers, independent providers, and the utility), then selects the lowest cost/best fit solution(s) to produce an optimized portfolio which will contribute to reliable and affordable grid operations within the desired level of system and distribution resilience.

As stated in the Hawaiian Electric Companies' ("Companies") IGP Workplan filed on December 13, 2018, which was accepted by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on March 14, 2019, the Companies believe there is an opportunity to accelerate the learning associated with this sourcing process, particularly with distribution non-wires alternatives. A soft launch of this sourcing process will help inform development of the full scale IGP planning and sourcing effort. Specifically, this IGP Soft Launch request for proposals ("RFP") is intended to demonstrate the sourcing processes and evaluation methods for distribution non-wires alternatives in 2019. The identified need for the Soft Launch is an Oahu distribution capacity upgrade. Hawaiian Electric intends to source solutions to defer the need to expand the East Kapolei distribution capacity to serve the expected load growth. Walking through the soft launch process will provide real-world experience associated with the identification of needs for a resource choice like aggregated distributed energy resources ("DER") because of locational impacts of DER. The IGP Soft Launch RFP is intended to be technology agnostic and will consider provider solutions behind the meter and/or in front of the meter. Providers may develop multiple solution proposals or combinations of proposals to satisfy the distribution needs on the system.

Invitation to IGP "Soft Launch" Working Group Meeting
Hawaiian Electric is hosting a working group meeting for the IGP Soft Launch RFP on June 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the American Savings Bank Tower, 8th Floor Training Room 2, located at 1001 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. All interested parties are invited to attend. At the June 19, 2019 working group meeting, Hawaiian Electric will discuss developments of the RFP to date and will solicit stakeholder feedback on certain aspects of the Soft Launch process. Please RSVP to renewableacquisition@hawaiianelectric.com. Further information will be provided on the IGP website closer to the meeting date.

Presentation slides and meeting notes will be posted on the IGP working groups webpage after the meeting.


Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Comments regarding Stage 2 Draft RFPs

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 20, 2019)

The Companies submitted a letter to further stakeholder engagement and to address comments from the Commission, State of Hawaii Division of Consumer Advocacy, and other stakeholders from the April 18th and May 2nd status conferences.


Questions

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 7, 2019)

The Draft RFP indicated that questions about the viability of interconnecting a proposed project at a specific location, clarifying questions on the competitive bidding process, and questions on the draft documents can be directed to the Companies via the RFP Email Addresses prior to submitting a proposal. Although the RFPs' scope and requirements are still being finalized through the Status Conferences and PUC guidance, Proposers can submit specific questions to the respective island's RFP Email Address for which it plans to submit a proposal to in advance of the opening of the RFP.

The Companies will endeavor to respond to the questions given what is known at the time the questions are proposed. Responses released prior to the opening of the RFPs may be subject to change based on the RFPs' final and approved forms.

Please direct any questions regarding the Stage 2 Renewable RFP webinar to the respective email boxes:

hawaiivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com
mauivariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com
oahuvariablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Status Conferences

RFP Stage 2 Update (May 7, 2019)

Two Status Conferences were held by the PUC on April 18, 2019 and May 2, 2019. The presentations for those conferences have been made available here for convenience.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP Stage 2 Update (April 9, 2019)

In accordance with their filing on April 1, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Attachments B, N, and O to the Model RDG PPAs Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") on April 8, 2019 to the commission for their review.

In addition to the Companies' April 1, 2019 and April 8, 2019 filings, to aid interested stakeholders in their review the following documents are now available in Microsoft Word Document format:


RFP Stage 2 Update (April 5, 2019)

On February 27, 2019, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued Order No. 36187 in Docket No. 2017-0352, Providing Guidance in Advance of the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Phase 2 Draft Requests for Proposals for Dispatchable and Renewable Generation. In accordance with Order No. 36187, on April 1, 2019, the Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted Draft RFPs for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation and Energy Storage ("Draft Renewable RFP") and for Grid Services from Customer-Sited Distributed Energy Resources, and respective supporting documentation to the commission for their review.


Announcements

  • The Public Utilities Commission hosted a status conference on February 7, 2019 with the Hawaiian Electric Companies, Consumer Advocate, and interested stakeholders to discuss plans for Phase 2 of the recently completed RFP process. At the conference, the Companies presented their proposed plans for Phase 2 of the RFP. Further guidance will be provided by Order in the subject docket (2017-0352).

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