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Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

On January 21, 2021, the Commission provided the Companies guidance to develop a Stage 3 RFP specifically for Hawaii Island. The Commission intends that this will be an “all-source” procurement, based upon an updated assessment of grid needs for the island. In compliance with that guidance, the Companies are proceeding with work on a Stage 3 RFP draft for Hawaii Island.

Details on the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP can be found in Docket No. 2017-0352 and in the information below:

RFP Process

RFP Development
Bid Submission
Bid Evaluation
Project Selection

Electronic Procurement Platform Open

December 1, 2022

The Stage 3 Hawaii RFP Electronic Procurement Platform (Sourcing Intelligence) is now open. As outlined in Section 1.1 of the RFP Appendix B, after registering on Sourcing Intelligence as a Supplier, the Proposer shall request access to the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP event via email (“Email Us” button above or at hawaiirenewablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com). Identify in the email the company name and username under which the Proposer has registered. The Proposer will then be added to the event. The Stage 3 Hawaii RFP is event 138383.

The Electronic Procurement Platform can be found at www.poweradvocate.com.

Native format files that can assist the Proposer have been added to the “1. Download Documents” tab.


Stage 3 Hawaii RFP Opens

November 21, 2022

The Stage 3 Hawaii RFP is now open. Please see the final RFP documents by clicking on the RFP DOCUMENTS button above. Note that these RFP documents contain no change from the RFP documents filed with the Commission on November 7, 2022, other than non-substantive administrative edits (e.g., removing “draft” and updating the dates on the cover sheets).


Proposed Final Draft of the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

November 7, 2022

Pursuant to Order No. 38653 filed on October 17, 2022, the Companies’ filed its Proposed Final Stage 3 Hawaii RFP on November 7, 2022. The Company’s filing includes:

This filing will be considered the final, approved version of the Hawaii Island Stage 3 RFP ten (10) days after the date of this November 7th filing, unless ordered otherwise by the Commission.

The Company plans to open the RFP and provide all final versions of the RFP and model agreements on this webpage on Monday, November 21, 2022.


Next steps in the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

October 18, 2022

On October 17, 2022 the PUC issued Order No. 38653 denying all but one of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ request for reconsideration; grants, in part, one of Hawaiian Electric’s requests for reconsideration, and grants, in part, Hawaiian Electric’s requests for clarification set forth in its Motion for Partial Reconsideration and/or Clarification of Order NO. 38479. Pursuant to Order No. 38531, the Companies’ deadline to file its Final Stage 3 Hawaii RFP is fifteen (15) business days from the filing date of this Order. The filing will be considered the final, approved version of the Hawaii Island Stage 3 RFP ten (10) days after the date of filing, unless ordered otherwise by the Commission.

The Company is working on the Final Stage 3 Hawaii RFP for this target filing date of November 7, 2022.


Next steps in the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

July 29, 2022

On June 30, 2022 the PUC issued Order No. 38479 Approving the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Final Stage 3 Request for Proposals for Hawaii Island with Modifications and Issuing Guidance on the Proposed Stage 3 Requests for Proposals for Oahu and Maui (“Order 38479”).

On July 11, 2022 the Companies filed a Motion for Partial Reconsideration and/or Clarification of Order No. 38479 (“Motion”) seeking reconsideration and/or clarification on a number of modifications to the Stage 3 RFP that the Commission directed in Order 38479.

On July 20, 2022 the Companies also filed a Request for Extension to file Final Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii Island requesting the PUC grant an extension of the Companies’ deadline to file the Final Stage 3 Request for Proposals for Hawaii Island.

On July 29, 2022 the PUC issued Order No. 38531 Granting the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Motion for Enlargement of Time to File the Final Stage 3 Request for Proposals for Hawaii Island (“Order 38531”). Order 38531 sets the Companies’ deadline to file its Final Stage 3 RFP fifteen (15) business days from the filing date of the PUC’s decision on the Motion.

The Company awaits the PUC decision on the Motion.


Keamuku Substation Developers Conference

June 22, 2022

Hawaiian Electric is extending an invitation to all developers interested in participating in the upcoming Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii island and who are interested in interconnecting to the Keamuku substation location. The Company plans to host an online Teams meeting developer conference to share information on the advantages of interconnecting at Keamuku, to review what information the RFP already provides to assist in developing the interconnection and cost estimates, and to answer questions developers have specifically on Keamuku.

So that the Company and developers can ask more detailed questions, and the Company can offer more specific and sometimes confidential responses, only developers and their contractors who are interesting in the Keamuku interconnection location and who fully execute a Stage 3 Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”) before the meeting will be allowed into the meeting.

The Company is scheduling this online Teams meeting for Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 10:00 am HST.

For those developers interested in participating, please contact the Company at hawaiirenewablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com – after we confirm an NDA has been fully executed, we will provide the link to the Teams meeting. If a developer has not yet executed an NDA with the Company, we request submission of the signed NDA before July 20, to ensure we can fully execute the NDA and provide the developer the link to the meeting in sufficient time.


3rd Draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

May 31, 2022

On May 31, 2022 Hawaiian Electric submitted an updated draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP to the PUC.

The Hawaiian Electric May 31, 2022 filing:

[Exhibits 2 through 8 were also filed. Please see the “RFP Documents” button above for the final version of all RFP documents released.]


Grid Needs Assessment Update

April 21, 2022

Aligning to the Commission’s guidance, the Company completed and filed an update to the Hawaii Island Grid Needs Assessment (“GNA Update”) originally submitted in July 2021. The GNA Update was discussed in the April 14, 2022 Technical Conference and highlights the grid needs that will help to inform the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP.


Technical Conference held for 2nd Draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

April 15, 2022

As proposed in the March 18, 2022 filing of the 2nd draft of the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP, the Company held a virtual Technical Conference on April 14, 2022 via Microsoft Teams to share information and answer question from prospective proposers and interested stakeholders of the planned Stage 3 Hawaii RFP. A recording of the Technical Conference has been posted to YouTube for those who might have missed it or wish to view it again.


Word Version of Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement

April 5, 2022

A Microsoft Word version of the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP’s Appendix E Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement can be downloaded here. Please submit your filled out Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement to hawaiirenewablerfp@hawaiianelectric.com for execution.


2nd Draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

March 21, 2022

As directed by the Commission in its February 20, 2022 letter, Hawaiian Electric submits an updated draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP to the PUC.

The Hawaiian Electric March 18, 2022 filing:

[Exhibits 2 through 8 were also filed. Please see the “RFP Documents” button above for the final version of all RFP documents released.]


Proposed Next Steps

February 14, 2022

The Company filed a letter on February 11, 2022 proposing the following next steps in the development of the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP:

  • File an updated draft RFP – March 18, 2022
  • Technical Conference – Week of April 11, 2022
  • File an updated Grid Needs Assessment – April 15, 2022

Commission Guidance

February 9, 2022

The Commission issued a letter on January 20, 2022 saying it reviewed the documents filed by the Company in development of the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP, subsequent public comments submitted on November 19,2021, the Company’s November 22, 2021 letter, and feedback from past RFPs and filings on interconnection-related matters. The Commission provides guidance in this letter to Hawaiian Electric on how to proceed with the development of the draft Stage 3 RFP.


Company Responds to Comments

February 9, 2022

The Company filed a letter on January 19, 2022 addressing the stakeholder comments received by November 19, 2021 on the draft Stage 3 RFP filed on October 15, 2021. The Company proposed changes to address concerns, noted proactive modifications already incorporated, and provided explanations as to why certain suggested changes could or should not be made while offering alternative solutions where appropriate.


Allowed RFP Project Locations

December 8, 2021

The Company filed a letter on November 22, 2021 addressing the withdrawal of a Stage 2 project on Hawaii island and its impact on the Stage 3 Hawaii RFP. The Company will now broaden the RFP requirements for where Projects can be located to include portions of the western area of the island, and offer three additional substations (on the west side) for potential interconnection.


Virtual Community Meeting

October 28, 2021

Hawaiian Electric hosted a virtual community meeting to discuss the Draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP with the Hawaii Island community. A recording of that meeting can be found on our Facebook page.


Draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP

October 15, 2021

As directed by the Commission in its April 20, 2021 letter, Hawaiian Electric submits a draft Stage 3 Hawaii RFP to the PUC.

The Hawaiian Electric October 15, 2021 filing:

[Exhibits 2 through 9 were also filed. Please see the “RFP Documents” button above for the final version of all RFP documents released.]


Grid Needs Assessment Report

July 15, 2021

Hawaiian Electric submits its July 2021 Hawaii Island Near-Term Grid Needs Assessment report. This draft report describes the methodology and inputs used to study scenarios whose results were then used to inform recommendations for Grid Needs for solution sourcing for the Stage 3 Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Hawaii Island. In the Commission’s letter dated April 20, 2021, the Commission supported the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ efforts to conduct studies to guide the development of the Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii Island, and this report provides the latest update on its progress. Hawaiian Electric will present these results to the IGP stakeholder technical working group through a virtual meeting scheduled for August 4, 2021. Additional participants will be invited to the virtual meeting, and a recording of the meeting will be made available at a later date.


Develop Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii Island

April 20, 2021

On January 21, 2021, the Commission issued a letter requesting Hawaiian Electric to proceed with developing a Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii island. The Commission intends the RFP to be an “all-source” procurement based upon an updated assessment of grid needs for the island and they plan to hold a status conference to discuss the initial plans. On February 25, 2021, Hawaiian Electric filed a letter responding to the Commission that the preliminary planning process for a Stage 3 RFP for Hawaii island has begun. In the letter, the Company offered explanatory details about its plans and timelines in advance of any forthcoming status conference. On April 20, 2021, the Commission issued a letter recognizing receipt of the February 25, 2021 letter and provided feedback and guidance. The Commission stated Hawaiian Electric should continue prioritizing the studies for Hawaii island, and that the Company should endeavor to complete these studies by July 15, 2021, and unless directed otherwise, the draft Stage 3 RFP should be filed no later than October 15, 2021.