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HECO to close downtown power plant next year

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 p.m. HST, Jul 01, 2013

Hawaiian Electric Cos. will stop using the power plant near Aloha Tower next year, according to a 5-year plan the company filed with the state.

The plan also calls for converting all Hawaiian Electric customers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island to smart meters by 2018, with an opt-out provision for those who don't want it. Smart meters, among other things, allow customers to control household appliances remotely and alert the power company when there is an outage.

Hawaiian Electric filed the plan with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on Friday and needs approval from the PUC before proceeding with the plan.

The Honolulu power plant near Aloha Tower would not be dismantled immediately, but would be on “reserve status” and could be restarted in an emergency, said Peter Rosegg, a spokesman for the company.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
I hope they keep it on standby - it was a great backup for downtown...
on July 1,2013 | 03:57PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
That plant needs to be moved someplace less conspicuous. Such an eyesore, on prime makai/shoreline property.
on July 1,2013 | 04:08PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Nothing is a worse eyesore than looking at how the homeless live. Deploriable.
on July 1,2013 | 04:28PM
niimi wrote:
Yup, eyes rolling, I could see at least 9 condo towers and 11 to 14 story parking garages on that property. Gotta develop, you know.
on July 1,2013 | 04:35PM
allie wrote:
They need to keep the standby capacity. I fear the future
on July 1,2013 | 04:09PM
Pocho wrote:
on July 1,2013 | 04:19PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sorry, Hapa-Haole_Boy. It's spelled deplorable.
on July 1,2013 | 04:30PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
As long as it can connect to the grid, it can go anywhere. The plant's capacity should be replaced by other facilities located in areas like Campbell Industrial Park.
on July 1,2013 | 04:17PM
MKN wrote:
@BluesBreaker: Relocating it to Campbell Industrial Park isn't a good idea because that would be pretty close to putting all of your eggs in one basket. What HECO should consider doing is relocating the downtown plant someplace else like Central Oahu or the Windward side.
on July 1,2013 | 04:33PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
Relocate it inside Diamond Head crater, the occasional steam that they vent will make it seem like the volcano is erupting. Nice show for the tourists.
on July 1,2013 | 10:33PM
b00gedy wrote:
Now that's a good idea! :D
on July 2,2013 | 09:35AM
Duncan wrote:
I sure hope they put it on rolling reserve and for peaking
on July 1,2013 | 04:26PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What does a smart meter have to do with closing down a power plant? Where will the generator turn?
on July 1,2013 | 04:28PM
ceria wrote:
I had the same thought. I think somebody's making $ on these meters. I believe there is a price to pay if you opt out too.
on July 1,2013 | 05:07PM
niimi wrote:
HECO's Campbell Industrial Park plant should be online by then. That, and we have that big Coal Fired Power Plant in Campbell that provides a quarter of our electricity anyway. Just burn more coal--cheap--and we're all good!
on July 1,2013 | 04:37PM
Benibiker wrote:
What does converting to smart meters have to do with shutting down the plant? As usual these stories on Star Advertiser are incomplete....
on July 1,2013 | 04:38PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Retire Constance Lau too
on July 1,2013 | 05:00PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Easy there, folks. The full story will (we hope) come out in tomorrow's edition of the paper. This is breaking news. The story says the plant suspension and the smart meter move are part of a 5 year plan that . The PUC requires utilities to file periodically to explain their projected costs and revenues with such filings so that it has an idea of what kind of rate [plan (hikes!) the utilities will be seeking. That's why you get all these seemingly disparate pieces of one big puzzle put together, the most "newsworthy" being the plant suspension and the rest of it trailing behind.
on July 1,2013 | 05:01PM
mokuleia wrote:
This appears to be an attempt to prop up profit margins before HECO starts using LNG instead of oil to power their plants. The PUC should deny this request until HECO can actually show proof they have the equivalent solar-wind power capacity on-line for the respective grids.
on July 1,2013 | 05:21PM
kennysmith wrote:
you people there DON'T USE THE SMART METER. they can turn off your power any time they like if you don't pay your bills on time. we in sacramento have it and we don't have any choice about it from our co in sacramento of SMUD
on July 1,2013 | 05:33PM
Maleka50 wrote:
These smart meters have been trouble, especially for some towns in the Midwest. They force customers to have them, if you try to keep them off your property for installation, the police will come and arrest YOU for interference. Something about allowing these power employees access to THEIR meters.
on July 2,2013 | 06:18AM
Bothrops wrote:
Can we do something more interesting with the property than a couple of high rise condos? Cn the inside of the building be redesigned for some sort of urban space?
on July 1,2013 | 07:27PM
hawn wrote:
Come on man that is the prime of prime downtown land. After a nice big condo is built to block the view of others (Harbor Square, Pacific Guardian) no one can build and block your view. Some penthouses for HECO executives wow!
on July 1,2013 | 07:46PM
hawn wrote:
Thanks to all the PV's going up on roofs. One plant down two more to go. That's keeping with the State's moratorium of clean energy. Keep installing those PV's, if you don't you're going to get stuck paying a much higher electric bill so that HECO can get their 10% rate of return which the PUC allows. Don't be fooled HECO has a lot of back up generation.
on July 1,2013 | 07:52PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"Smart meters, among other things, allow customers to control household appliances remotely " - Really? I can turn on my rice cooker remotely?
on July 1,2013 | 10:47PM
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