Brief summary of HECO proposals to the PUC

Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014

On August 26th, the utility released two key documents:  the Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP—one each for HECO, HELCO, and MECO), and the Distributed Generation Interconnection Plan (DGIP).  Although the utility states that these new plans will nearly triple distributed generation by 2030, they contain several new proposals which have the potential to further limit distributed generation (DG) installations, including rooftop solar.

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Storm Tips for PV Owners

Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2014

Unless you have an off-grid system running independently of the grid, it is advisable to shut off your PV system until after the high winds and rains pass.  Doing so is as easy as switching the large disconnect switch (usually installed outside, near your electricity meter) to the OFF position.  

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General Membership Meeting July 2014

Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

HSEA’s biannual general membership meeting is coming soon!  Several key issues are front and center—please do all you can to attend.  More details to follow, but here are the basics:  

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ESNA 2014

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Energy Storage North America (September 30- October 2, 2014 in San Jose, CA) is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo – focusing on projects, customers, and deal-making. ESNA connects utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage in North America. 

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Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 Please be advised that customers who wish to install a photovoltaic system in any of the HECO Companies’ territories must first receive written approval from the utility before the customer may install and energize the system.  Specifically, the NEM application has the following language:  “Under no circumstances shall a Customer-Generator interconnect and operate a generating facility in parallel with the Company’s electric system without prior written approval by the Company in the form of a fully executed Net Energy Metering Agreement.”  Please be aware that no traditional PV systems that are designed to connect in parallel with the electrical system are “pre-approved” or “exempt” from the interconnection rules.  If in doubt, check with the NEM department at your local utility.     

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Intersolar Coming Up - July 8-10

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014  

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HSEA Executive Meeting Thurs May 8

Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2014
HSEA is holding an executive meeting this Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6 pm to discuss the recent IRP ruling by the PUC and HSEA's vision and strategy.   

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TOV Compliant Equipment Check added

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 An updated link to HECO's list of Transient Over-Voltage inverters and Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) has been added to the member's section.  You'll find it on the left hand menu underneath the Circuit Capacity Check.

Regulatory Update 04-28-14

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014

Many updates have been posted in the Regulatory section of the Member's Area, including Rule 14H, the Grid Modernization Bill, and HECO's Representative Studies.   

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Last Chance to Help Rooftop Solar

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014

After months of work meeting with stakeholders including the utility, the PUC, the consumer advocate, the Sierra Club, HSEA, and PV coalition, and coming to consensus on a draft for grid modernization that we could all support--there is a last minute effort to wreck the legislation by Senator Baker by taking out any reference to "societal benefits" of solar energy--which would include environmental to economic benefits.  This would tie the hands of the PUC and distinguish Hawaii as a state that doesn't recognize the societal benefits of renewable energy.  How can you help?  You could call the following conference committee chairs: 

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