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CBRE RFP Questions & Answers

Q1:

For Lanai, would a proposal for less than 3MW of CBRE be considered, or a proposal which provides a tiered CBRE credit rate based on the amount of CBRE subscribership?

A1:

The 3MW requirement is based on the Commission's directives in Order No. 37070. Accordingly, proposals for less than 3 MW will not be considered. The draft Lanai CBRE RFP follows the proposed Tariff Rule 29 which sets up a tiered compensation system for unsubscribed interests based on the unsubscribed percentage above 15%. That being said, a tiered CBRE credit rate based on subscribership will not be considered.

Q2:

For Lanai, would a proposal for less than 40% of residential CBRE be considered, or a proposal which provides a tiered CBRE credit rate based on the percentage of residential subscribership?

A2:

Proposers must reserve a minimum of 40% of the CBRE capacity for residential Subscribers.

Preference will be given to Projects that are committed to a larger residential Subscriber portion through evaluation of the Non-Price scoring criteria. A tiered CBRE credit rate based on residential subscribership will not be considered.

Q3:

For the Lanai and Molokai RFPs, would the RFP team consider extending the due date for the three line diagram to match the due date specified in Section 5.1.2 for the IRS models, which is 30 days after final award?

A3:

The Company has extended the due date for three-line diagrams for the Molokai and Lanai RFPs to match the due date for the IRS models, which is 30 days after selection of the Final Award Group. For the Oahu, Hawaii and Maui LMI RFPs, the due date for the three-line diagram will remain at the deadline of Proposal submission.

Q4:

How do I get an exception if the property is located in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone? Location has available hosting capacity and near distribution circuits.

A4:

An exception to the Eligibility Requirement in Section 4.2 of the RFP draft will not be granted for properties located in a Tsunami Evacuation Zone.

Q5:

What is the Company seeking on Lanai and can the CBRE portion be a separate facility?

A5:

As stated in the introduction to the Request for Proposal for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage and CBRE for the Island of Lanai: "The total amount of variable renewable dispatchable generation being solicited in this RFP is 35,800 megawatt hours ("MWh") annually of photovoltaic ("PV") paired with energy storage in a single project. The energy storage must be sized to store at least 70 percent of the photovoltaic energy. Of the total amount of capacity being solicited a minimum of 3 MW must be dedicated to Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE"). The total amount of variable renewable dispatchable generation being solicited in this RFP is 17.5 MW of photovoltaic ("PV") paired with 17.5 MW/70MWh of energy storage with the capability to provide a minimum of 35,800 megawatt hours ("MWh") annually. Of the total amount of capacity being solicited a minimum of 3 MW must be dedicated to Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")."

No, the CBRE portion cannot be a separate facility. The Company plans to select a single project in the Final Award Group.

Q6:

Can you confirm the only two RFPs being released this year are the Lanai and Molokai RFPs? I see RFP's for Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu in the tariff, but nothing on the website indicating there is anything more coming up besides Lanai and Molokai.

A6:

No, pursuant to PUC Order No. 37070 and pending approval of the final RFPs by the Commission, the Company plans to issue up to 8 RFPs this year. The Company filed the following 5 RFPs for approval by the Commission on September 8 (which we expect to be approved by the PUC and issued by the Company before the end of 2020):

  • CBRE Low- and Moderate-Income Request for Proposals for Oahu
  • CBRE Low- and Moderate-Income Request for Proposals for Maui
  • CBRE Low- and Moderate-Income Request for Proposals for Hawaii
  • CBRE Request for Proposals for the Island of Molokai
  • Request for Proposals for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage and CBRE for the Island of Lanai

The Company plans to file the following 3 draft RFPs for review by the Commission and stakeholders on October 9 (which we hope will (but may not) be approved by the PUC and issued by the Company prior to the end of 2020):

  • CBRE Request for Proposals for Oahu
  • CBRE Request for Proposals for Maui
  • CBRE Request for Proposals for Hawaii

Please see Order No. 37070 (PDF) for more information.