Hawaiian Electric to revise renewables RfP after end of talks on Lanai asset sale

One of Hawaii's existing solar power plants. Author: Official US Navy Page. License: Creative Commons: Attribution 2.0 Generic

May 5 (Renewables Now) - The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HEC) said last week that it is working to revise the request for proposals (RfPs) for renewable energy and energy storage projects it issued last year for the island of Lanai after talks about the sale of its local assets fell through.

Last August, Hawaiian Electric issued a number of RfPs for about 900 MW of renewable energy and energy storage projects as part of efforts to end the use of coal across the US islands, including on Lanai.

After the company entered discussions with land management company Pulama Lanai on the potential sale of its Lanai electric system in January, the deadline for responding to the Lanai RfP was postponed. Now, the two companies have ended the talks, with Hawaiian Electric keeping its Lanai assets.

Hawaiian Electric is working with the Public Utilities Commission and other stakeholders on the RfP to continue with the planned transition to renewable energy sources. The company has until June 16 to refile the revised RfP, while the relevant RfP deadlines have also been extended.

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