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Molokai RFP

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Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

April 5, 2021

On March 30, 2021, Hawaiian Electric filed the revised shared solar program for Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Tariffs, RFPs and Model Contracts for Low- and Moderate-Income, Tranche 1, Molokai, and Lanai for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37592 (PDF) issued on January 29, 2021 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389).

Please visit the Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") page for more information about this program. A Navigation Guide (PDF) has been created to assist in finding specific documents within the filing including links to individual PDFs of each section of this filing and redlines.

Molokai RFP

January 25, 2021

Maui Electric Company, Limited (the “Company”) provides the following update for the Final Request for Proposals for Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired With Energy Storage for the Island of Molokai filed on November 27, 2019 (“Molokai RFP”). In the Status Update on the Selection of the Final Award Group and Next Steps filed on November 2, 2020 in Docket No. 2019-0178, the Company explained that the Final Award Group awardee had elected to withdraw from the Molokai RFP.

In light of this decision by the Final Award Group awardee, and after consultation with and concurrence of the Independent Observer, the Company has concluded that the next highest ranked project does not show sufficient benefit to justify selection as a replacement Final Award Group awardee. Therefore, since the Molokai RFP and subsequent Best and Final Offer and Pricing Refresh rounds has not resulted in an approvable project, the Company respectfully proposes to close the Molokai RFP.

The Company will continue to work with the Independent Observer and keep the Commission apprised of the Company’s progress.

Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") - Molokai RFP

July 13, 2020

Hawaiian Electric filed the Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Draft Tariff and Appendices, including the RFP for Molokai and model contracts for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37070 (PDF) issued on April 9, 2020 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). Please visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page for more information about this filing. Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory.

Further details describing the details of the Molokai CBRE RFP will be provided on this page.

The Company is excited for this opportunity to allow access to renewable energy benefits to a wider array of customers.

Proposal Due Date Extended

RFP Update (January 28, 2020)

The IPP Proposal Due Date for the Molokai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage (PowerAdvocate event number 99576) has been extended to 2:00 p.m. (HST) February 14, 2020 to allow Proposers additional time to complete their proposals. Self-Build and Affiliate Proposals are due at 2:00 p.m. (HST) on February 13, 2020. The revised schedule is shown below.

Milestone Schedule Dates
Draft RFP is filed August 6, 2019
PUC Opened Docket No. 2019-0178 August 29, 2019
PUC Status Conference September 5, 2019
Consumer Advocate and Company Comments Filed October 7, 2019
Commission's Order Approving Draft RFP, with Modifications November 15, 2019
Company's submission of Final RFP November 27, 2019
Final RFP is Issued and Opened in Power Advocate December 2, 2019
Proposer's Conference Webinar (posted to Company website) December 9, 2019
Sealed SBO Proposal and Affiliate Proposal Due Date February 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. HST
IPP Proposal Due Date February 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. HST
Selection of Priority List April 14, 2020
BAFOs Due April 22, 2020
Selection of Final Award Group July 28, 2020
Contract Negotiations Start August 5, 2020

Molokai Site Visit Q&As

RFP Update (January 6, 2020)

A site visit at the site offered by the Company for the Molokai RFP was held on December 17, 2019. View the questions and answers raised during the Molokai Site visit.

Pre-Recorded Webinar Conference for the Molokai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFP

Molokai RFP Update (December 11, 2019)

The Molokai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFP webinar is now available.

Maui Electric Company's Request for Proposals (RFP)

Molokai RFP Update (December 4, 2019): Site Visit for Molokai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFP: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (the "Company") is seeking proposals for Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage for the Company System on the island of Molokai. For the purpose of siting a project to fulfill all or part of the RFP request, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the Company's Palaau site. Interested parties are invited to attend a site visit, which will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (HST). NOTE: Section 3.11.2 of the Molokai RFP lists the incorrect date for the site visit.

Please note that attendees will 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 to the site will not be guaranteed for late arrivals. The Palaau site is near the end of the road on the left side of Ulili Street off of Mauna Loa Highway west of Kaunakakai. Drive through the gate and a Company representative will direct you to a parking location. Company representatives will take attendance and conduct a safety briefing at the site.

The site is currently a vacant field with vegetation and other obstacles on the ground. Therefore, attendees are required to wear a safety vest, long pants, safety glasses, and covered shoes, which may become soiled. A limited number of safety vests will be available for use, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Due to the potential for bees at the site, attendees with allergies should take necessary precautions. 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 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 Joe Streeter at (808) 754-4956.


Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs

Molokai RFP Update (December 2, 2019)

Maui Electric Company submitted to the PUC their Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs and supporting documentation for the islands of Molokai and Lanai on November 27, 2019 as directed under Order No. 36776. 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 Friday, January 31, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard time (HST). (Company Self-Build proposals and Affiliate proposals must be submitted in accordance with RFP Section 1.9 by Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. HST.)

Maui Electric Company's December 2, 2019 Filing:

Island of Molokai

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 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 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:

Maui Electric Company's Request for Proposals

Molokai Draft RFP Update (September 3, 2019)

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

Molokai RFP Status Conference (September 3, 2019)

The Commission also scheduled a Status Conference (PDF) for Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:30 a.m. 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, 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.

Maui Electric Company's Request for Proposals

Molokai Draft RFP Update (August 12, 2019)

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

Maui Electric Company's Request for Proposals

Molokai Draft RFP Filed (August 8, 2019)

On August 6, 2019, Maui Electric 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.


Molokai RFP Update (July 10, 2019)

Please direct any questions regarding the Molokai RFP to:

Molokai Request for Proposals

Community Workshop (July 11, 2019)

On July 11, 2019, Maui Electric hosted a community workshop to discuss plans for procurement of renewable energy projects for Molokai and to allow participants to share their ideas and guidance for potential developers. The presentation has been made available here (PDF) for convenience.

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 (PDF).

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 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 (PDF) from the Commission, State of Hawaii Division of Consumer Advocacy, and other stakeholders from the April 18th and May 2nd status conferences.

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.