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HECO report rejected over solar oversight

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

~~<p>A Hawaiian Electric Co. report outlining its strategy for meeting the energy needs of its customers fell short in several areas and did not adequately address the impact of the rapid growth of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on the utility's grid, according to consultant hired by state regulators to oversee the planning process.</p>
<p>The 2,200-page &quot;integrated resource plan&quot; released by HECO last month included several significant proposals, including the shutdown of a number of oil-burning power plants and the transition of all HECO customers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island to &quot;smart meters.&quot; The report represented more than a year of work by the utility on how to meet a legally binding mandate to generate 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.</p>
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A Hawaiian Electric Co. report outlining its strategy for meeting the energy needs of its customers fell short in several areas and did not adequately address the impact of the rapid growth of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on the utility's grid, according to consultant hired by state regulators to oversee the planning process.

The 2,200-page "integrated resource plan" released by HECO last month included several significant proposals, including the shutdown of a number of oil-burning power plants and the transition of all HECO customers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island to "smart meters." The report represented more than a year of work by the utility on how to meet a legally binding mandate to generate 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Login for more...



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