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Questions & Answers

We believe that one of the main drivers of success of the competitive bidding process is to ensure transparency in that process. We believe that seeking the input of stakeholders and working collaboratively with such stakeholders to refine and improve the process will lead to successful RFPs.

We hope that the following answers to stakeholder questions will be helpful to potential Proposers and others interested in our RFPs. In order to ensure that information provided by the Company is shared fairly with all Proposers, we are utilizing this page as a repository for questions and answers. While we aim to provide answers to all questions asked, it may not be feasible to respond directly to each question or comment submitted. Instead, similar questions may be consolidated so as to provide more helpful information. Questions specific to a particular project that might give a competitive advantage or contain confidential information may not be answered here or may be reframed in such a way as to be made available to the general public. Questions not relevant to these RFPs or questions received late in the process which do not allow for the Company to provide an adequate answer may also not be answered here.

RFP Changes

Update (December 23, 2019)

R1: Change in Requirements for Diagrams Required on Proposal Due Date

Since the proposal submission period includes the busy holiday season, to reduce the burden on Proposers the requirements for the diagrams required in Appendix B, Section 2.10.1 have changed. As detailed below, the Company will no longer be requiring three-line diagrams, or diagrams to have a stamped approval by a Professional Electrical Engineer at the time of proposal submission.

Proposal submissions must include a single-line diagram, relay list, trip scheme and settings of the generating facility, which identifies the Point of Interconnection, circuit breakers, relays, switches, synchronizing by the Proposal Due Date. Such diagrams are not required to have a stamped approval by a Professional Electrical Engineer registered in the State of Hawaii.

A three-line diagram which shows the Point of Interconnection, potential transformer (PT) and current transformer (CT) ratios, and details of the generating facility configuration, including relays, meters, and test switches is no longer required on the Proposal Due Date.

However, Proposers whose Projects are selected to the Final Award Group are required to submit single-line and three-line diagrams as described above, that have been approved by a Professional Electrical Engineer registered in the State of Hawaii. SUCH DIAGRAMS ONLY ARE REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER FINAL AWARD GROUP SELECTION. THE COMPLETE PACKAGE OF IRS DATA REQUEST WORKSHEETS, MODELS FOR EQUIPMENT AND CONTROLS, LIST(S) AND COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION AND INSTRUCTION SHALL BE PREPARED AND SUBMITTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH RFP SECTION 5.1.



Will an executed NDA from the Maui Stage 2 RFP be sufficient for the Molokai and/or Lanai RFP?


No, a separate NDA must be executed for each RFP, including separate NDA's for Molokai and Lanai RFPs.


Will the announcement pertaining to Pulama Lanai purchasing the utility system on Lanai change the scope or the timing of the RFP?


Because of the ongoing discussions, Hawaiian Electric is working with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and other stakeholders on possible revisions to the renewable energy RFP. We will provide further information as soon as it is available.