Hawaiian Electric prepares for Oahu renewables RFP
Hawaii wind farm. Author: David J Laporte. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Hawaiian Electric Company is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy projects on Oahu island that can start power generation by the end of 2020.
The power utility said Tuesday it has asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to open a docket to facilitate issuing a formal RFP, and to appoint an independent observer (IO) to oversee the procurement process.
Hawaiian Electric and the IO will together design the RFP and the technical, operational, and performance requirements of any renewable energy proposals.
Seeking new green power projects on Oahu is one of several activities planned by the Hawaiian Electric Companies in order to reach 100% renewables by 2045. In April the utilities serving the state submitted their Power Supply Improvement Plan Update, which includes a proposal for over 350 MW of new renewable energy capacity by 2022 in Hawaii.