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.
Notice (Updated as of March 7, 2014):
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.
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.
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):
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):
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):
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):
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.
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):
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).
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.”
New Contact Information for the Independent Observer:
Please note that the Independent Observer contact information has been updated, below.
Bidders To Submit Signed Confidentiality Agreement (Updated as of April 1, 2013)
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).
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.
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)
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.
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:
Boston Pacific Company, Inc.
1100 New York Ave., NW, Suite 490 East
Washington DC 20005
202-296-5520 ext. 231 email@example.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.
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 NOVEMBER 29, 2013):
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 Completes High Level Evaluation and Selection of Final Award Group
To be announced
Hawaii Electric Light Completes Interconnection Requirements Study and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Negotiations