Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Curtis: HECO has Failed to Look at Alternatives to Big Wind, Should be Denied Rate Hikes to Cover Costs
By Henry Curtis @ 2:25 PM :: 12071 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Testimony before PUC Dec 9, 2011

Aloha Commissioners,

Life of the Land (LOL) respectfully submits the following Statement of Position, pursuant to the Order Approving Proposed Stipulated Procedural Order, As Modified, dated August 31, 2011.

This docket serves as a prudence review for questions raised by the Commission in Docket 2009 - 0162. On December 11, 2010 the Commission issued its Decision and Order in Docket 2009-0162 closing that docket:

"the commission will allow HECO to defer costs for the Big Wind Implementation Studies for later review for prudence and reasonableness [] In its subsequent prudence review, HECO should provide the commission with comparable evaluation of other options to that which it conducts for Big Wind, be it through the Studies or other means. Such alternatives could include residential PV, large-scale PV, biomass, biofuel and concentrated solar options.

Alternatives could also include renewable energy project proposals that HECO rejected in the past two years due to completion dates and transmission concerns.

In addition, as part of any prudence review, the commission expects that the Studies would enable the commission to answer the following questions:

1) What is the total cost of Big Wind (including the costs of the undersea cable, Oahu transmission and distribution upgrades, purchased power, and changes in the generation fleet to support Big Wind);

2) Are there viable alternatives to Big Wind for meeting the State's Renewable Portfolio Standards, HRS §269-92; and

3) What are the costs of all alternatives to Big Wind (including any projects that arose through competitive bidding, grandfathered projects, recently declined PPA requests, concentrated solar, distributed solar PV, large scale solar PV, biofuel and biomass projects)."

Life of the Land believes that HECO has failed to justify ratepayer recovery for any of the Big Wind studies. HECO was required to meaningfully look at alternatives. They failed to do so. HECO was required to examine comparative costs. They failed to do so.

The record speaks for itself. There is nothing more that needs to be added to the record.

Rebuttal testimony is inappropriate.

Rebuttal testimony must be precisely directed to rebutting testimony or evidence presented by an adversarial party. Rehashing previously submitted testimony is improper and a waste of the Commission's precious time and resources.

Adversarial parties — County of Maui and Life of the Land -- rely on the existing HECO record and have not offered additional adversarial testimony or evidence. The Consumer Advocate traditionally does not oppose the request. Therefore there is nothing to rebut.

Life of the Land supports going directly to Opening Briefs.

DATED: Honolulu, Hawai’i, December 9, 2011.



LINK: Pdf of Original Testimony

LINK: Consumer Advocate Approves Big Wind Ratehike


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii