NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
APPLICATION OF HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC.
FOR APPROVAL TO CONSTRUCT AN ABOVE GROUND 46 KV LINE EXTENSION
Docket No. 2020-0139
The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”), pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §§ 269-27.5 and 269-27.6(a), HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will hold a virtual public hearing relating to the Application of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (“HECO”), filed on September 15, 2020, as it relates to HECO’s request for Commission approval to construct a 46 kilovolt (“kV”) line extension (the “Project”) above the surface of the ground along Waianae Valley Road on the island of Oahu. The public hearing will be held as follows: Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. All interested parties may attend the public hearing as follows:
Online (via web browser or Webex mobile device app)
Meeting Number: 2554 276 7043
Meeting Password: 6Pd3Yr7S4sx (67339777 from phones and video systems)
Dial-in Number: +1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 25542767043#
Meeting Password: 67339777#
HECO is an operating public utility engaged in the production, transmission, distribution, purchase, and sale of electric energy on the island of Oahu. On September 15, 2020, HECO filed an application with the Commission seeking approval of a power purchase agreement with AES Mountain View Solar, LLC, (“AES”) under which HECO would purchase electricity produced at AES’ 7-megawatt solar plus storage facility to be constructed on a portion of the Mountain View Dairy Farm property, located north of Waianae Valley Road in the lower portion of Waianae Valley (the “Facility”). HECO also seeks approval to construct an above-ground 46 kV line extension to interconnect the Facility to HECO’s system.
On March 25, 2021, the Commission issued Decision and Order No. 37699, which approved the power purchase agreement between Hawaiian Electric and AES. On May 19, 2022, HECO submitted its Interconnection Requirements Amendment, which reflected the results of the Interconnection Requirements Study for the Facility, and concluded that it is feasible to connect the Facility to HECO’s system. With the submission of the Interconnection Requirements Amendment, the Commission will now commence review of the Project; i.e., HECO’s requests related to its proposed 46 kV above ground line extension.
Under the Project, HECO will construct an above ground line extension from the existing Waianae-Mikilua 46 kV sub-transmission line near poles P.54 and P.55 on Waianae Valley Road to interconnect the Facility. The Project will involve the installation of several wood poles, one group operated inertia air switch, and approximately 176 circuit feet of 556 KCM All Aluminum Conductor 46 kV overhead conductors.
The foregoing is a brief summary of the Project and HECO’s request. Copies of HECO’s application and the Interconnection Requirements Amendment are available for public review through the Commission’s electronic Document Management System, accessible at http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms, Docket Quick Link 2020-0139. In addition, copies of HECO’s materials are also available for review by contacting Commission’s Honolulu Office [(808) 586-2020], HECO [(808) 548-7311], or the Division of Consumer Advocacy [(808) 586-2800].
All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing to state their views on HECO’s proposed above ground line extension. Statements may also be mailed to the Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King Street, Room No. 103, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, or e-mailed to Hawaii.PUC@hawaii.gov. All written statements should reference Docket No. 2020 0139. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made if requested reasonably in advance by contacting the Commission’s Honolulu Office.
Leodoloff R. Asuncion, Jr.
(SA1381728 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/29/22)