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Clean Energy

Geothermal Request for Proposals


Geothermal power, already a proven source of firm renewable power, can potentially play an even larger role in Hawaii’s clean energy future. Hawaii Electric Light Company seeks to expand geothermal energy on Hawaii Island. Prospective bidders and interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Please review this page periodically for any updated information on the Hawaii Electric Light Request for Proposals for 50 MW of Dispatchable Renewable Geothermal Firm Capacity Generation on the Island of Hawaii (Geothermal RFP). Please see the Key Filings and Documents section, below, for links to important documents. Also, please see the Updated Geothermal RFP Schedule section, below.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Notice (Updated as of October 27, 2014):

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On October 27, 2014, Hawaii Electric Light issued the Geothermal RFP Addendum No. 1 (Best and Final Offer) with Attachment A (Best and Final Offer Bidder's Response Package) directly to eligible Bidders. The revised Geothermal RFP Schedule for Best and Final Offers is included in the section of this website entitled "Updated Geothermal RFP Schedule," below.

Notice (Updated as of September 25, 2014):

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On September 25, 2014, Hawaii Electric Light filed its Request for Modification of the Geothermal RFP (Best and Final Offer Process). Please see new filing in Docket 2012-0092 included in the section of this website entitled “Key Filings and Documents,” below.

Notice (Updated as of July 11, 2014):

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On July 9, 2014, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission filed Order No. 32195 in Docket No. 2012-0092 Instructing Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. to File its Request to Modify its Final Geothermal Request for Proposals. On June 18, 2014, the Consumer Advocate filed its Response to Commission Order 32101. Please see new filings in Docket 2012-0092 included in the section of this website entitled “Key Filings and Documents,” below.

Notice (Updated as of June 4, 2014):

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On June 4, 2014, Hawaii Electric Light filed a response to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Order No. 32101 in Docket No. 2012-0092 filed on May 20, 2014. The Hawaii Electric Light response provides a Geothermal RFP Action Plan, including proposed schedule for Best and Final Offers. Please reference PUC Order No. 32101 and the Hawaii Electric Light June 4, 2014 response in the section of this website entitled “Key Filings and Documents,” below.

Notice (Updated as of March 7, 2014):

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Hawaii Electric Light proposes to stay the Geothermal RFP based on the Independent Observer’s recommendation. The Independent Observer has recommended that the Geothermal RFP be stayed until the completion of the Hawaii Electric Light Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP), requested by the PUC in December 2013. Our goal in pursuing geothermal energy is to significantly reduce the cost of electricity for our customers in a way that ensures reliability and is also sensitive to community and environmental concerns. After completion of the PSIP, if appropriate, Hawaii Electric Light intends to issue an addendum to the Geothermal RFP, which would allow our company to gather important information from eligible Bidders to support an informed decision for the Geothermal RFP evaluation process.  

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On March 5, 2014, Hawaii Electric Light filed a response to the Independent Observer Memorandum to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission dated February 21, 2014. Please reference these documents in the section of this website entitled “Key Filings and Documents,” below.  

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On March 6, 2014, Hawaii Electric Light filed response to the letter from William W. Milks, Counsel for Hu’ena Power, LLP to Jay Ignacio, President, Hawaii Electric Light, dated February 25, 2014 and copied to Hon. Hermina Morita, Chair, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Please reference these documents in the section of this website entitled “Key Filings and Documents,” below.  


Notice (Updated as of December 20, 2013):

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After careful review of all geothermal bids, Hawaii Electric Light has determined that none of the submitted bids sufficiently met both the low-cost and technical requirements of the Geothermal RFP. We are currently working with the Independent Observer to develop a request that will be sent to the bidders. The request will give the bidders the opportunity to provide additional information so that we can make an informed decision that is in the best interests of our customers and residents and that meets the goals of the Geothermal RFP. These goals include lowering customer bills, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, allowing for continued integration and management of intermittent renewable resources, maintaining reliability of service, and protecting the health and safety of the public and environment. We appreciate the efforts the bidders have made to date and look forward to working with them and the Independent Observer on next steps.  

Notice (Updated as of November 29, 2013):

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Hawaii Electric Light has been evaluating bids submitted in response to the Geothermal RFP, focusing on what’s in the best interests of our customers and the community. Although we expected to complete our evaluation of these proposals by the end of November 2013, our current schedule is to provide an update on next steps by the end of the year.  


Notice (Updated as of September 18, 2013):

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An update to the evaluation schedule is now posted on this Geothermal RFP page. Please see the updated Geothermal RFP Schedule at the end of this page. 


Notices (Updated as of July 12, 2013):

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The evaluation of Bids is proceeding in accordance with the schedule set forth in the Geothermal RFP. Any updates to the evaluation schedule will be posted on the Geothermal RFP website. 

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Bidders will be notified individually and confidentially regarding the outcome of the Geothermal RFP Bid Evaluation Process. Hawaii Electric Light will notify each Bidder that is not selected for the Final Award Group at that time. Bid evaluation results and rankings will not be disclosed. 


Reminder to Bidders and Bid Clarification (Updated as of April 25, 2013):

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REMINDER TO BIDDERS: GEOTHERMAL BIDS ARE DUE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013. Instructions to Bidders are included in the Final Geothermal RFP (Bidders are solely responsible for following Instructions to Bidders).

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Bid Clarification:
 

Question: "Regarding Section 4.10 of the RFP: We would like to clarify whether we may combine two site locations into one bid if we submit two bid fees. Is this allowable?” 

Response: "A Bidder may not combine two site locations into a single Bid, even if two Bid Fees are submitted. Pursuant to Section 4.10C. of the Geothermal RFP, Bids for projects that are situated at different Sites constitute separate Bids.”

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New Contact Information for the Independent Observer:

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Please note that the Independent Observer contact information has been updated, below.


Bidders To Submit Signed Confidentiality Agreement (Updated as of April 1, 2013)

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All Bidders must submit a signed Confidentiality Agreement in the form provided in Appendix F of the Final Geothermal RFP (see Section 4.12 of the Final Geothermal RFP). 

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Please submit the signed Confidentiality Agreement to the Hawaiian Electric Light Energy Contract Manager as indicated in the Final Geothermal RFP. Upon Hawaii Electric Light’s signature it will be considered fully executed.

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The Bidder is encouraged to submit the signed Confidentiality Agreement as soon as possible and before the Bid due date.

Bidder’s Response Package in Word Format and a Reminder (Updated as of March 15, 2013) 

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Hawaii Electric Light Provides Appendix B - Bidders Response Package in Word Format

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Hawaii Electric Light Provides Link to Selected Technical/Data Reports (see new section, below)

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Reminder to Bidders: 

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A Notice of Intent is not a prerequisite for submitting a Bid (see Section 4.5 of the Final Geothermal RFP). The Notice of Intent and its due date are requested and are not required.


HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT ISSUED FINAL GEOTHERMAL RFP (Update as of February 28, 2013)

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The Final Geothermal Request for Proposals was issued on February 28, 2013 

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Bidders may download the Final Geothermal RFP and Appendices A - K here

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Bidders may download the Model Geothermal Power Purchase Agreement Word files here 

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Appendix C - Model Geothermal PPA – Word File

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Appendix K – Replacement Model Geothermal PPA Article 21 (Sale of Facility by Seller) for Option C Bid – Word File

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Reminder to Bidders: 

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Instructions to Bidders are included in the Final Geothermal RFP (Bidders are solely responsible for following Instructions to Bidders)

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Appendix A Notice of Intent is due on March 7, 2013

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Bids are due on April 30, 2013

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Please check this website http://GeothermalRFP.helcohi.com periodically for updates

GEOTHERMAL RFP COMMUNICATION

Hawaii Electric Light will be updating this site to reflect schedule or updates to the Geothermal RFP. All communication and correspondence regarding the Geothermal RFP must be submitted in writing to GeothermalRFP@hawaiielectriclight.com. This assures fair and equal dissemination of information to all interested parties and potential bidders.

BACKGROUND

After completing the Geothermal Request for Information (RFI) process in 2011, Hawaii Electric Light submitted a letter to the PUC requesting to open the Geothermal RFP docket on March 16, 2012.

Competitive bidding steps are now underway as prescribed in the PUC Order dated May 1, 2012.  Hawaii Electric Light is seeking up to 50 MW of firm, dispatchable, renewable geothermal power on the Island of Hawaii. 

On November 9, 2012, Hawaii Electric Light filed the Draft Geothermal RFP with the Commission.

On December 4, 2012, the Commission engaged the services of Boston Pacific Company to serve as the Independent Observer for the Hawaii Electric Light Geothermal RFP. The IO’s role is to monitor and advise on all steps of the competitive bidding process to ensure that the process is fair and adheres to the Commission Framework for Competitive Bidding and the Commission approved Codes of Conduct.

Contact information for the Independent Observer:

Sam Choi
Project Director
Boston Pacific Company, Inc.
1100 New York Ave., NW, Suite 490 East
Washington DC 20005
202-296-5520 ext. 231
schoi@bostonpacific.com

On December 5, 2012 Hawaii Electric Light held the Geothermal RFP Technical Conference Webinar, with remarks by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Chair Morita, Hawaii Electric Light President Jay Ignacio, and a presentation covering key Geothermal RFP requirements by the Hawaii Electric Light Geothermal RFP Team to a broad audience of interested parties and potential Bidders. The presentation utilized during the Technical Conference Webinar may be accessed in the Key Filings and Documents list, below.

On December 19, 2012 questions and comments from interested parties and prospective Bidders on the Draft Geothermal RFP were due.

On January 25, 2013 Hawaii Electric Light filed the Proposed Final Geothermal RFP, and the Independent Observer filed its Memorandum of Comments on the Proposed Final Geothermal RFP.

On February 12, 2013 Hawaii Electric Light filed the Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1 and the Independent Observer filed its Supplemental Memorandum of Comments on the Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1. 

On February 25, 2013 the Commission filed Order No. 31015, Order Approving Issuance of Revised Draft Final Request for Proposal, in Docket No. 2013-0092 and provided guidance for the issuance of the Geothermal RFP.

On February 28, 2013 Hawaii Electric Light filed the Final Geothermal RFP with the Commission, which incorporated revisions in response to the Commission’s recommendations in Order 31015.

KEY FILINGS AND DOCUMENTS  (AS OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2014):
 
PUC December 8, 2006 Competitive Bidding Framework
 
Hawaii Electric Light January 6, 2012 News Release
 
Hawaii Electric LIght March 16, 2012 Letter to the PUC Requesting to Open the Docket for the Hawaii Electric Light Geothermal Firm RFP
 
PUC May 1, 2012 Order opening the Geothermal RFP Docket No. 2012-0092
 
PUC June 29, 2012 Order Requesting Identification of Independent Observer candidates
 
Hawaii Electric Light July 12, 2012 Submission of Qualified Candidates to serve as Independent Observer in the Geothermal Firm RFP in Docket No. 2012-0092
 
Hawaii Electric Light November 9, 2012 News Release
 
Hawaii Electric Light November 9, 2012 Transmittal Letter for Draft Geothermal RFP
 
Hawaii Electric Light November 9, 2012 Draft Geothermal RFP Documents
 
PUC December 4, 2012 Order Selecting Independent Observer
 
Hawaii Electric Light December 5, 2012 Technical Conference Webinar Presentation (PDF file, no audio)

Technical Conference Webinar Presentation (video file with audio)
 
Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 News Release
 
Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 Transmittal Letter for Proposed Final Geothermal RFP
 
Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 Proposed Final Geothermal RFP Documents 
Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 Proposed Final Geothermal RFP Documents (Redline version) of Draft Geothermal RFP
 

Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 Geothermal RFP Questions and Responses Document

Hawaii Electric Light January 25, 2013 Letter to the Commission Notice of No Availability of Utility Owned or Controlled Sites
 
Independent Observer's January 25, 2013 Memorandum of Comments on the Hawaii Electric Light Proposed Geothermal RFP
 
Hawaii Electric Light February 12, 2013 Transmittal Letter for Proposed Final Geothermal RFP - 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1
 
Hawaii Electric Light Documents for Proposed Final Geothermal RFP - 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1
 
Hawaii Electric Light Documents – redline sections (Proposed Geothermal RFP, Appendix B and Appendix C, and new Appendix K) - for Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1
 
Independent Observer's February 12, 2013 Supplemental Memorandum of Comments on the Hawaii Electric Light Proposed Geothermal RFP
 
PUC February 25, 2013 Order No. 31015 Approving Issuance of Revised Draft Final Request for Proposal
 
Hawaii Electric Light February 28, 2013 News Release
 
Hawaii Electric Light February 28, 2013 Transmittal Letter for Final Geothermal RFP - 28 FEB 2013
 
Hawaii Electric Light Documents for Final Geothermal RFP - 28 FEB 2013 (including Appendices A - K)
 
Hawaii Electric Light Appendix B - Bidders Response Package - 28 FEB 2013 - Word File
 
Hawaii Electric Light Appendix C – Model Geothermal PPA- 28 FEB 2013 - Word File (for redlining purpose)
 
Hawaii Electric Light Appendix K - Replacement Model Geothermal RFP Article 21 (Sale of Facility by Seller) for Option C Bid - 28 FEB 2013 - Word File (for redlining purpose)
 
Hawaii Electric Light Documents for Final Geothermal RFP - Redline 28 FEB 2013 – redline of Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1
 
Independent Observer February 21, 2014 Memorandum to PUC
 
Hawaii Electric Light March 5, 2014 Response to Independent Observer Memorandum updated February 21, 2014
 
William W. Milks, Counsel for Hu'ena Power, LLP, February 25, 2014 Letter to Jay Ignacio, President, Hawaii Electric Light Company, with copy to Hon. Hermina Morita, Chair, PUC
 
Hawaii Electric Light March 6, 2014 Response to William W. Milks letter dated February 25, 2014
 
PUC May 20, 2014 Order 32101 (Instructing Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. To: (1) Address Certain Issues And (2) Take Corrective Action)
 
Hawaii Electric Light June 4, 2014 Response to PUC Order No. 32101
 
Consumer Advocate June 18, 2014 Response to PUC Order No. 32101
 
PUC July 9, 2014 Order 32195 (Instructing Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. to File its Request to Modify its Final Geothermal Request for Proposals)
 
Hawaii Electric Light September 25, 2014 Request for Modification of the Geothermal RFP (Best and Final Offer Process)
 
Independent Observer September 25, 2014 Memorandum of Comments on the Hawaii Electric Light Request for Modification of the Geothermal RFP (Best and Final Offer Process)
 
PUC September 26, 2014, Order 32315 (Setting a Deadline Date for the Division of Consumer Advocacy to File its Written Comments, if any, in Response to Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.s Request to Modify its Final Geothermal Request for Proposals)
 
SELECTED TECHNICAL DATA/REPORTS (link added March 15, 2013):
 
Selected technical data/reports on past geothermal activities may be accessed here.
 •  Reports may be downloaded from the site.
 •  Bidders may also browse the Geothermal Collection from University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) ScholarSpace.

Please note the information found at the links above are provided for convenience and/or information purposes only. Hawaii Electric Light assumes no responsibility and makes no warranty, representation or guaranty as to the content, accuracy or sufficiency of any of the information provided therein.
 
 

 

UPDATED GEOTHERMAL RFP SCHEDULE (AS OF OCTOBER 27, 2014):
 

Completed:
 
Hawaii Electric Light filed the Letter requesting to open Docket for Geothermal RFP
 
March 16, 2012
PUC issued Order No. 30360 Opening Docket No. 2012-0092
 
May 1, 2012
PUC issued Order No. 30511 Requesting Identification of Independent Observer Candidates
 
June 29, 2012
Hawaii Electric Light filed its Submission of Qualified Candidates to serve as Independent Observer in the Geothermal Firm RFP in Docket No.2012- 0092
 
July 12, 2012
Hawaii Electric Light filed its Draft Geothermal RFP
 
November 9, 2012
Technical Conference Webinar on Geothermal RFP with Interested Parties  December 5, 2012
Interested Parties File Comments on the Draft Geothermal RFP and Appendices
 
December 19, 2012 deadline
 
Hawaii Electric Light Files Proposed Final Geothermal RFP and Appendices with the Commission
 
January 25, 2013
Independent Observer Submits Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Final Geothermal RFP and Appendices
 
January 25, 2013
Hawaii Electric Light Filed Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1 with the Commission
 
February 12, 2013
Independent Observer Submitted Supplemental Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Final Geothermal RFP – 25 JAN 2013 Rev. 1 with the Commission
 
February 12, 2013
Commission Review and Approval of the Final Geothermal RFP and Appendices
 
February 25, 2013
Hawaii Electric Light issued Final Geothermal RFP (Posted to the Geothermal RFP Website)
 
February 28, 2013
Due Date for Bidder Notice of Intent to Bid
 
March 7, 2013
Due Date for Bids
 
April 30, 2013
 
Hawaii Electric Light files Addendum No. 1 with Commission for approval
 
September 25, 2014
 
Hawaii Electric Light issues to eligible Bidders Addendum No. 1 to the Geothermal RFP (Request for Best and Final Offer)
 
October 27, 2014
 

Future Schedule (Actual or Anticipated Dates):
 
Hawaii Electric Light conducts Pre-bid Conferences with Bidders
 

October 28 - November 28, 2014 (limited to up to two contiguous days of seven (7) hours each day for each Bidder)

Due Date for Best and Final Offers
 
January 15, 2015
 
Hawaii Electric Light completes Best and Final Offer evaluation and selects Final Award Group
 
February 14, 2015
Hawaii Electric Light negotiates and executes PPA with Bidder in Final Award Group
 
April 15, 2015
Hawaii Electric Light files Application for Approval of Executed PPA with Commission
 
April 30, 2015
 


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