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Paniolo Power Files Motion to Consolidate Merger, PSIP Dockets

(KAMUELA, HAWAI‘I, MARCH 9, 2015)—Paniolo Power Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Parker Ranch, Inc., filed a motion today to merge two of the most important cases currently before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission into one docket—the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ (HECO)-NextEra acquisition and the HECO clean energy plan.

The Change of Control docket addresses NextEra Energy, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of the HECO Companies. The PSIP docket addresses HECO’s long-term clean energy strategy and transition plan.

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Parker Ranch Partners with NextEra Energy Resources

(KAMUELA, HAWAI‘I, January 16, 2015) —Parker Ranch announced earlier today that Parker Ranch Foundation Trust (PRFT) has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. This agreement provides NextEra Energy Resources with long-term access rights to PRFT lands to develop renewable energy derived from PRFT’s wind resources.

“We have been aggressively seeking ways to reduce the cost of electricity for our community and our island by using the potential renewable energy resources available on PRFT’s Hawai‘i Island lands,” said Neil (“Dutch”) Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch. “During this time, we have also been seeking capital and technical expertise from potential development partners. We have been working collaboratively with NextEra Energy Resources for more than a year and believe that they are the ideal partner to utilize PRFT’s wind resources.” Continue reading Parker Ranch Partners with NextEra Energy Resources

Paniolo Power Company, LLCs Preliminary Comments on the HECO Companies’ Power Supply Improvement Plans

PANIOLO POWER COMPANY, LLC, a Hawaii limited liability company (“Paniolo Power”), through its counsel, Yamamoto Caliboso LLLC and Hogan Lovells US LLP, hereby submit these comments to the Power Supply improvement Plans (“PSIP”) filed by Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc (“HECO”), Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (“HELCO”), and Maui Electric Company, Limited (collectively, the “HECO Companies”).

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Civil Beat: Renewable Energy – Let’s Make a Deal


HECO needs to accelerate the move to renewables for the benefit of all.
In Hawaii, we’ve been talking about renewable energy for decades.

We launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) six years ago. We now generate only about 18 percent of our energy from renewable sources. Progress is very, very slow.

Why? Progress is excruciatingly slow, at least in part, because we succumb to our tendencies.

Let’s Make a Deal: Our renewable energy future is within reach for all >>

Paniolo Power Company Names Jose Dizon as General Manager

JoseDizon-500(KAMUELA, HAWAII, September 15, 2014)—Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc., today announced that Jose Dizon will join Paniolo Power Company, LLC as General Manager.

Dizon will lead Paniolo Power to pursue Parker Ranch’s renewable energy potential and seek alternative strategies to produce power at more attractive rates for the Waimea and Kohala communities as well as Hawaii Island.

“This is a major milestone for Parker Ranch,” said Kuyper. “We believe that our vision and ideas, developed in conjunction with Siemens and Booz Allen, have a real chance of being realized under Jose’s leadership. His expertise on energy issues and extensive experience in Hawaii’s utility industry will further strengthen Paniolo Power’s efforts to lower electricity rates and increase energy security. We are pleased that Jose is joining our team.”

Prior to joining Paniolo Power, Dizon was Principal at Jose Dizon & Associates, a Hawaii-based energy consulting firm.

“I look forward to returning to the Big Island and working with the Parker Ranch team to implement sustainable energy solutions,” said Dizon. “The Big Island is very special to me and Parker Ranch is equally special, with its unique history and mission to improve the quality of life in Waimea. Given the island’s rich natural resources, significantly higher renewables generation and lower rates are within reach.”

Before forming his own consulting firm, Dizon worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility as head of the Nuclear Quality and Engineering Assessment Branch. He has a broad utility background from Hawaiian Electric Company where he held numerous leadership positions in operations, planning, corporate communications and engineering. He was heavily involved in the integration of renewable energy, and led the Hawaiian Electric utilities in the Reliability Standards Working Group docket.

Dizon was assigned to Hawaii Electric Light Company on the Big Island in 2007 where he led the Engineering Department, and was later appointed to fill the newly created position of General Manager in 2008 until his departure in 2011. As General Manager, Dizon oversaw HELCO engineering, production, distribution, facilities, marketing, government relations and public relations. He reached out to the community, civic and business organizations as well as state and island leadership.

Dizon received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering computer sciences and nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkley and is a registered professional engineer. He served in the United States Navy and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Hawaii Island United Way.

About Paniolo Power Company, LLC
Paniolo Power Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Parker Ranch, Inc., one of the largest and oldest cattle ranches in the United States. Paniolo Power was established in April 2014 to pursue community-based and reasonably-priced clean energy for the Waimea and Kohala communities as well as for Hawaii Island. Paniolo Power is leveraging Parker Ranch resources to develop affordable, renewable energy to increase Hawaii Island’s energy security. To learn more, visit


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Electric Utilities : “The Future is Not What It Used to Be” Conference

At the Electric Utilities “The Future is Not What It Used to Be” Conference held on Maui from March 26-28th, 2014, President and CEO of Parker Ranch Inc. and Paniolo Power Company, Neil “Dutch” Kuyper gave a speech entitled, “Connecting the Dots: Energy Opportunities for Waimea.”

The speech highlights Parker Ranch’s rationale for commencing a comprehensive analysis of its resources with a consortium of world-class partners including Siemens, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Pace Global. Mr. Kuyper describes the Ranch’s overarching goal to develop a compelling, competitive plan to transform the Big Island energy landscape over the next 10 years.

Video of Mr. Kuyper’s entire speech and the full panel discussion on “Redefining the Customer’s Role in the Utility of the Future” is available for replay:

Electric Utilities Conference – Part 7 from Akaku Maui Community Media on Vimeo.

Mr. Kuyper is introduced by the panel moderator, Commissioner Lorraine Akiba of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Kuyper’s speech starts at 08:30 and finishes at 19:00, followed by other panelists and a question and answer session.

2014 Modernizing the Grid: Microgrid on the Big Island

How a Hawaiian cattle ranch is taking its energy future in to its own hands Problem: Hawaii’s prohibitively high electricity prices threaten the prospects of Parker Ranch, a cattle ranch on Waimea.
Solution: Parker Ranch contracted with Siemens and Booz Allen Hamilton to conduct an integrated resource plan examining the energy alternatives available to the ranch. Parker Ranch is actively pursuing those options.   Read the Case Study

Decentralizing allows faster, cheaper plug-in

By Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, Star Advertiser
Aug 24, 2014

We view the transformation of Hawaii’s energy future through the lens of “Faster, Better and Cheaper.” For us, faster is vital because of the detrimental impact of high oil prices on the average resident and business. We need leadership from businesses, communities and policymakers, as well as transformational capital, to advocate for a more progressive plan to reduce our excessive exposure to the uncertainty of world energy markets and actually realize a cleaner energy future.
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Waimea’s Paniolo Power seeking qualifications for hydro system

West Hawaii Today
August 1, 2014

Parker Ranch’s power company subsidiary is looking for providers for a pumped-storage hydroelectric system. Paniolo Power Co. LLC announced their request for qualifications from engineering, procurement and construction providers on Thursday. The process will open next month. The request is the first potential project to emerge from the utility-grade integrated resource plan Parker Ranch initiated last year.
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