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Molokai Stage 2 RFP

On February 27, 2019, the Commission issued Order No. 36187 (PDF) 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. The order requests that the Companies’ plans for competitive procurements for Molokai and Lanai be filed in docket 2017-0352 in the near term. On August 29, 2019, the Commission issued Order No. 36493 (PDF) opening Docket No. 2019-0178 related to the Hawaiian Electric Companies proposed plans to proceed with competitive procurement of variable renewable dispatchable generation paired with energy storage on the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

Details on the Molokai Stage 2 RFP can be found in Docket No. 2017-0352 and in the information below:

RFP Process

RFP Development
Bid Submission
Bid Evaluation
Project Selection

Molokai RFP

June 9, 2021

On March 29, 2021, Hawaiian Electric submitted the proposed plan for the Molokai Request for Proposals (“Molokai Plan”), which consists of a three-step approach to accelerate procurements on Molokai while also incorporating community and stakeholder input.

On June 3, the Commission provided notice that it will hold a Status Conference on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 1:00-3:00pm to review Hawaiian Electric’s Molokai Request for Proposals filed on March 29, 2021, the CBRE program for Molokai (filed in Docket 2015-0389), and stakeholders’ comments in response to these filings in the Molokai/Lanai RFP proceeding (Docket No. 2019-0178). The Commission will also livestream the Status Conference via YouTube for public viewing and will provide information about that YouTube link in the docket and on the Commission’s website, https://puc.hawaii.gov prior to the Status Conference.


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.


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 and Lanai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs

Molokai and Lanai RFP Update (December 11, 2019)

The Molokai and Lanai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs webinar is now available.


Site Visits for Molokai and Lanai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs

Molokai and Lanai RFP Update (December 4, 2019)

Maui Electric Company, Ltd. ("Company") is seeking proposals for the Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage ("RFP") for the Company's Systems on the islands of Molokai and Lanai. For the purpose of siting projects to fulfill the RFPs, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the following locations and dates:

Molokai Site Visit

  • Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (HST)
  • Location: Company's Palaau site

Lanai Site Visit

  • Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (HST)
  • Location: Pulama Site and the Company's interconnecting Miki Basin switchyard

Please note that attendees will be required to sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement.

For waiver forms and detailed information about the Molokai and Lanai site visits, please see the Molokai Competitive Bidding and Lanai Competitive Bidding pages respectively.


Final Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs

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

Island of Lanai

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: support@poweradvocate.com.


Hawaiian Electric Companies' Request for Proposals

Molokai and Lanai 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 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 (PDF) 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.


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 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.


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 (PDF) for Phase 2 of the RFP. Further guidance will be provided by Order in the subject docket (2017-0352).