2019 Hawaii Executive Fact Finding Mission

November 3 - 8, 2019
5 Days
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Sunday, Nov 3 - Arrivals and Welcome Events
Start Time End Time Activity
Morning Participant arrivals
12:00 15:30 Optional tour – Guided walking tour of Diamond Head crater and mountain
17:00 18:00 Welcome Cocktail
18:30 20:30 Welcome Dinner
Monday, Nov 4 - Utility Forum hosted by Hawaiian Electric Company
Start Time End Time Activity
8:00 8:30 Breakfast at hotel
8:30 12:00 Orientation Meeting and Utility Forum

Hosted by Hawaiian Electric Company

We’ll kick-off the learning with a quick refresher of recent and anticipated changes to Hawaii’s electricity market, followed by an in-depth discussion with experts from HECO. Expert speakers will present, and speakers and mission delegates will then have break-out discussions on key topics, with delegates adding their experiences and perspectives.

  • The Hawaii electricity market – Development & future
  • A look at system operations in Hawaii

Integrated Planning and the Path to 100% Renewables

  • Integrated Grid Planning
  • Renewable resource RFPs
  • DER strategy

Breakout discussion and report out – DER integration planning

12:00 13:00 Networking Lunch hosted by Hawaiian Electric
13:00 16:00 Performance-based regulation – a utility perspective

Resilience and “bouncing back” from disasters

  • Resilience in Hawaii
  • Community case study: The Ko’olaupoko forum process and findings

Breakout discussion and reporting out

16:00 16:30 Debrief and recording key lessons for the day
16:30 17:00 Return to Hotel
17:00 Free Evening
Tuesday, Nov 5 - Technology Site Visits
Start Time End Time Activity
8:00 9:00 Breakfast at hotel
9:00 12:00 Schofield Barracks Generating Station

The 50 MW generating station is an unprecedented public/private partnership between the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric. The plant runs on both biofuels and conventional resources and its ability to black start along with fast ramping and flexible output play a key role in the resilience of the island grid. The project annually saves customers more than 4 million dollars and reduces oil use by 26,000 barrels.

12:00 13:00 Networking lunch
13:00 15:00 Kahauiki Village Microgrid

Inspired by Hawaii’s plantation-style homes and close-knit communities this 144 home community supports approximately 600 homeless family members. Kahauiki Village is sustainably designed to handle energy needs with photovoltaic, storage and a gas system for backup. This community microgrid runs independently but can recharge battery energy storage via the utility when needed.

19:00 21:00 Hosted networking dinner
Wednesday, Nov 6 - Regulatory and Customer Forum
Start Time End Time Activity
8:30 9:30 Breakfast at hotel
9:30 12:30 Regulatory Perspectives and the Electrification of Transportation

We have spoken with utility peers and seen some of the programs and projects on the ground, now we will have a deeper dive with regulators, and gain insight into the electrification of transportation. The meeting format will include presentations, panels, discussions, and Q&A.

The Regulatory Perspective – PBR and Resilience Planning

Panel on the Electrification of Transportation

12:30 13:00 Lessons Debrief
13:00 13:45 Networking Lunch – hosted
17:00 Flight to Kaua’i


Thursday, Nov 7 - Utility Forum hosted by Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative
Start Time End Time Activity
8:00 9:00 Breakfast at hotel
9:00 14:00 Utility Forum

Hosted by Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative

KIUC has been a utility leader in road-testing technology including solar and battery storage. With the Lawa’i project, KIUC now boasts the largest solar + storage peaker plant which has helped it reach a renewable energy supply of 50% and will provide around 11% of the islands power. This project, coupled with Tesla’s solar + storage project, enables KIUC to meet 40% of it’s evening peak using solar! Experts will share stories of their success, challenges and their approach to a clean, resilient grid.

The delegates will share brief case-studies to compare and contrast KIUC’s approach and their own lessons, and experts will take questions from the group.

14:00 14:30 Networking lunch
14:30 16:00 Solar + Storage

Move from the meeting room and put your boots on the ground exploring KIUC’s utility solar + storage projects.

19:30 21:30 Networking Dinner – Hosted
Friday, Nov 8 - Technology Site Visits and Charrette
Start Time End Time Activity
8:30 9:30 Breakfast at hotel
9:30 12:00 Mission Charrette

In this interactive session, we will identify the week’s most important lessons learned and discuss their implications to the delegates companies and explore where practical lessons and approaches may be applied when everyone returns home.

Speakers and facilitator, TBD

13:00 17:00 Cultural activity

To be announced

17:00 19:30 Free time
19:30 21:30 Farewell dinner

Saturday, Nov 9 – Departures