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Stage 3 Maui RFP Questions & Answers

Hawaiian Electric (sometimes also referred to as the "Company") provides the answers below, based on the best information available at the time an answer is posted, which may not reflect the scope and requirements of the final RFP. Prospective Proposers should review this Q&A page periodically to check for updates, additions, clarifications and/or corrections to any of Company's prior responses. Each Proposer is solely responsible for reviewing the final RFP (including all attachments and links) and all responses on this Q&A page. Each Proposer is also solely responsible for thoroughly investigating and informing itself with respect to all matters pertinent to the RFP, the Proposer's Proposal, and the Proposer's anticipated performance under the applicable power purchase agreement. It is the Proposer's responsibility to ensure it understands all requirements of the RFP and to seek clarification if the RFP's requirements or the Company's requests or responses are not clear. Accordingly, a potential Proposer may not rely upon a prior response that may be clarified or corrected in a subsequent response. Efforts will be made by the Company to highlight subsequent clarifications and corrections to prior responses, but potential Proposers are ultimately responsible for monitoring this Q&A page and to inquire with the Company regarding any perceived inconsistencies or contradictory information. Finally, a Proposer's submission of information to the Company will not be independently confirmed by the Company. All Proposers must separately request confirmation of receipt of submitted information if desired by any Proposer.


[Posted 6/20/22] If a proposed 30 MW project is interconnected to a point of interconnection with 20 MW of available MW capacity, can the additional 10 MW be shifted with longer than 4 hour duration storage to comply with the transmission line’s available MW capacity limitations?


A project proposing to a point of interconnection with an available MW capacity of 20 MW cannot have a contract capacity more than 20 MW as the company needs the flexibility from its procurements to export the full contract capacity from all procurements, to support reliability, adequacy of supply and resilience. For a paired generation with energy storage project, the storage must be a minimum of four times the net nameplate capacity. Additional storage may be offered for increased duration, but the Company will not allow the installation of additional generating capacity to increase the contract capacity beyond the identified point of interconnection’s available MW capacity.


[Posted 7/29/22; Updated 9/14/22] Are the “less feasible/not recommended” substations (Maalaea, Kahului Power Plant, Wailea, Puunene, Pukalani, Puukolii, Mahinahina, Napili, Kihei, Waiehu 23 kV, Waikapu 23 kV, Maui Hardwood 23 kV, Kaonoulu) noted in Section being provided by the Company in this RFP?


Pursuant to PUC Order 38479, the Company will make the offered transmission lines and transmission substations identified in Section 2.3.7 of the RFP recommendations for interconnection. But the Company will allow Proposers to propose interconnection to other 69 kV transmission lines and 69 kV substations as long as Proposers include the cost of transmission network upgrades into the Proposal as the Commission states. Proposers should be aware, however, that there will be less upfront information available for 69 kV transmission lines and 69 kV substations not offered in the RFP. Also, estimated costs available in Appendix H are customized for the offered transmission lines and substations, and might not capture all the cost estimates necessary for other transmission lines and substations. In addition, the timeliness to requests for information outside of the offered lines and substations will likely require more time to gather and the level of detail available will be less, posing increased risk of uncertainty for those choosing to interconnect to other non-offered locations.


[Posted 8/16/22] May a third party manage the community benefits fund required by the Oahu and Maui Stage 3 RFPs?


Yes, it is acceptable to involve a third party to manage the community benefits fund, as stated in Section 4.4.2 of the Oahu and Maui Stage 3 RFPs.


[Posted 11/29/22] When will Hawaiian Electric be providing information on available transmission line capacity on Maui or Oahu?


Hawaiian Electric will provide information on available transmission line capacity on Maui or Oahu upon request and if such information is available. At this time, injection capacity information for the Stage 3 Oahu and Maui RFPs is not yet available. Injection capacity information will be available when the final Stage 3 Oahu and Maui RFPs are issued and will be publicly filed in Docket No. 2017-0352. If your team is interested in specific points of interconnection on Company-owned lines or substations, please provide the proposed point of interconnection and proposed project size (in MW). When providing the proposed point of interconnection, please provide a specific location (i.e., address, TMK number, etc.) in addition to a map of the parcel identifying the proposed point of interconnection. Once identified, the RFP team will review these proposed points of interconnection and notify you if there is enough capacity to host the proposed project.

Please note that the final version of the RFP will govern the scope and requirements sought in this RFP and will be issued after the PUC approves the Company's proposed final RFPs. The Company's response will be provided in the interest of time and therefore will only reflect the Company's current understanding. Accordingly, the response may not reflect the scope and requirements of the final RFP. It is incumbent upon Proposers to follow up with any additional questions if they believe differences in the final RFP may change the nature of their original question or the Company's response.


[Posted 01/24/23] Three line diagrams required per the RFP would require extensive time above and beyond typical requests for a proposal. The Lanai and Molokai RFPs allowed three-line diagrams to be submitted within 30 days after selection of the Final Award Group. Will the Company allow a similar concession?


The RFP Appendix B Proposer’s Response Package Section 2.11.2 instructs Proposers to “provide all project single line and three line diagram(s) with the Proposal submission.” Single line diagrams are required with each Proposal response package. However, the Company will allow delaying the submission of its three line diagrams until after Final Award Group selection, but must be submitted within 30 days after notification to the Final Award Group.