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Hawaii Transmission Line Approval (8-HI-c)

A developer must obtain Transmission Line Approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to interconnect a proposed renewable energy project to the existing grid, when new transmission lines are required. Note that PUC approval of capital projects, including transmission lines, is not needed if the total project costs are less than $2.5 million.


Transmission Line Approval Process

8-HI-c.1 to 8-HI-c.2 – Is the Project Seeking Transmission Line Approval in Hawaii, Maui, or Honolulu Counties

If the project is planning to build a new transmission line in Hawaii, Maui, or Honolulu Counties the developer needs Transmission Line Approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. If the project will not require building a new transmission line, the developer does not need a permit and may continue with the project.

8-HI-c.3 – Non-Utility Generator Application (NUG-Form 1)

The developer completes and submits the Nonutility Generator Form 1 and submits it to the Director of the Power Purchase Division of Hawaiian Electric Company.

8-HI-c.4 – Interconnection Requirement Study (IRS)

Hawaiian Electric Company completes an Interconnection Requirement Study (IRS), which is paid for by the developer.

8-HI-c.5 – Determine Required Upgrades and Associated Costs

Hawaiian Electric Company and the developer determine required upgrades and their associated costs based on the findings of the IRS.

8-HI-c.6 – Negotiate which Party pays for the Upgrades in Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Hawaiian Electric Company and the developer negotiate which party pays for the upgrades in conjunction with the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). See Appendix S-50 - Power Purchase Agreement.

8-HI-c.7 – PPA and IRS

Hawaiian Electric Company and the developer submit the PPA and the IRS to the PUC for final approval.

8-HI-c.8 to 8-HI-c.9 – Review PPA and IRS

The PUC reviews the PPA and the IRS to determine whether to grant Transmission Line Approval.

8-HI-c.10 – Transmission Line Approval

If the PUC approves the PPA and IRS, the PUC grants Transmission Line Approval to Hawaiian Electric Company and the developer.




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