After nearly three years actively participating in this energy planning process, the PUC and HELCO recognized the significant renewable energy resources at Parker Ranch. On October 3, 2016, the PUC staff recognized the credible people and qualified analysts (the Siemens team) working for Paniolo Power. The PUC’s consultant stated, “Seldom, in a proceeding like this, do we hear comments from a party that are well documented and well expressed and with the amount of detail that Paniolo has provided. That’s exceptional in terms of what they produced.”
On February 12, 2016 HELCO filed a request with the PUC to purchase the Hamakua Energy Partners Power Plant, a 60MW fossil-fueled combined cycle generation facility. On March 3, 2016 Paniolo Power intervened in the docket and was granted participant status. Paniolo Power was an active participant in the docket and recommended that the sale of the HEP plant to HELCO should be denied on the basis that the purchase price is too high and that the purchase was not in the best interest of the utility ratepayers. On May 4, 2017, the PUC denied the sale the sale of the HEP Plant to HELCO, citing many of the issues presented by Paniolo Power.
This program begins with an in-depth interview with Jose Dizon of Paniolo Power, a subsidiary of Parker Ranch, and continues with HECO, environmental groups and wraps up with Gov. Ige. The theme is what issues need to be addressed despite the continuing roll-out of renewable energy systems. It goes into what will happen five or 10 years in the future, or longer.
Paniolo Power participated in a Legislative Briefing sponsored by the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum. The briefing focused on the status and future of energy storage in Hawaii. Paniolo Power discussed the benefits of Pumped Storage Hydro as a transformational technology and its benefits in an agricultural setting as well as other applications.
This program begins with an in-depth interview with Gov. Ige and continues with environmental groups, HECO and Paniolo Power. The theme is what has happened in the last few years to bring us up to date since I released the original clean energy program.