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Bulk Transmission Transmission Siting & Interconnection in Hawaii

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At a Glance

Jurisdiction: Hawaii

State Siting Act:

State Preemptive Authority

Siting/Permitting Entities: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Permit/Authorization Required: Utility Permit/Approval


Application Requirements:

Permit Processing Timeframe:

Contacts/Agencies: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

General Transmission Siting & Interconnection Overview

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State Transmission Siting & Interconnection Process

A utility permit or approval is required for all transmission construction, reconstruction and maintenance activities. Transmission lines are added when needed to serve increased loads and for reliability reasons. At the state level utility permits are issued by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The process of acquiring permits can be contentious, time consuming and costly. In almost all cases, developers siting transmission lines are classified as public utilities. Public utility is defined, in part, as “…every person who may own, control, operate or manage as owner, lessee, trustee, receiver or otherwise, whether under a franchise, charter, license, articles of association, or otherwise, any plant or equipment, or any part thereof, directly or indirectly for public use for…the transmission of intelligence by electricity…or transmission…of light, power, heat (or) cold. H.R.S. 269-1(1).

Local Transmission Siting & Interconnection Process

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