Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations| Oct. 10-11, 2019


Oct. 10, 2019

The NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply explored a range of topics Oct. 10-11 at NCSL's Executive Committee meeting in Honolulu. Topics included siting renewable energy, electric grid transformation, and utility regulation and rate design for a changing grid.

The task force explores issues and opportunities faced by state policymakers as they shape energy policies and grow a reliable, affordable and resilient energy system to power the nation. The task force also provides NCSL with guidance as it develops energy policy resources for legislators and legislative staff.

Energy Projects on Oahu Tour

  • Hawaii Gas RNG Facility 
  • University of Hawaii Leeward Community College Campus
  • Solar Industry Central Warehouse 
  • Kahauiki Village 
  • Hawaiian Electric Company

Oct. 11, 2019

Welcome and Introductions

  • Senator Eric Koch (R-Ind.), co-chair
  • Senator Dave Koehler (D-Ill.), co-chair

The Hawaiian Electric Grid Transformation

Multiple forces—high electricity prices, the desire for energy independence, and 100% renewable energy targets—are creating rapid changes for the Hawaiian power grid. Confronting the rapid growth of both renewable energy and distributed energy resources, policymakers, utilities and regulators are on the vanguard, developing a number of innovative policy and energy management solutions to reliably and equitably integrate these new resources. These actions can be instructive for all state policymakers since many states may experience similar challenges in the near future.

  • Colton Ching, senior vice president, planning and technology, Hawaiian Electric | Presentation
  • Forest Frizzell, CEO, Shifted Energy | Presentation
  • Jeff Mikulina, executive director, Blue Planet Foundation | Presentation

Siting Renewable Energy 

The rapid expansion of renewable energy can pose siting challenges for both generation resources and the transmission needed to carry energy to the grid. More states are seeking to ensure that wildlife impacts, property owner concerns, department of defense exercises and operations, and decommissioning are adequately addressed during the siting process. Presenters explored industry, federal and state actions, as well as policy options surrounding this issue. 

  • Stanley L. Rasmussen, regional environmental coordinator, U.S. Army Regional Environmental & Energy Office–Central | Presentation
  • Wren Wescoatt, principal, 7 Generation Consulting | Presentation
  • Scott Glenn, director, Office of Environmental Quality Control, Hawaii Department of Health | No Presentation

Case Study on Schofield Generating Station

On Oahu, the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Company have partnered at Schofield Generating Station, the only power plant on Oahu located inland designed to make the island’s electric grid more resilient and in the event of an emergency, able to directly feed power to Army facilities. This session explored this collaboration and why.

  • Robert Isler, vice president, power supply, Hawaiian Electric | Presentation
  • Keith Yamanaka, energy manager, U.S. Army Garrison–Hawaii | Presentation

Resiliency for a Transforming Grid

In recent years, hurricanes, persistent wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters that wreaked havoc on the nation’s energy infrastructure. Federal officials, state policymakers, and the private sector are all exploring ways to make the nation’s critical energy infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters and other events. This session examined this example and other efforts to make the U.S. electric grid more resilient to events. 

  • Chris Yunker, energy systems and planning program manager, Hawaii State Energy Office | Presentation
  • Rocky Mould, energy program manager, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience, City and County of Honolulu | Presentation
  • Will Giese, executive director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association | Presentation

Lunch & Keynote

  • David Bissell, president and CEO, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) | Presentation

Business Meeting and Wrapup

  • Final Grid Modernization Report Discussion
  • Topics for future “fact sheets” or smaller publications

Utility Regulation and Rate Design for a Changing Grid

A rise in demand management and energy efficiency resources along with a rapid increase in distributed generation is being seen across the nation’s electric grid. In addition, flattening electricity sales combined with the need for large investments in grid modernization are challenging the bottom line for many utilities. Policymakers and regulators are seeking ways to equitably maximize the cost-effective adoption of these technologies while ensuring utilities remain profitable. New approaches are being considered and implemented in several states, including Hawaii, which is exploring performance-based utility regulation and alternatives to net-metering. This session discussed how these approaches are being implemented and explored Hawaii as a case study.

  • Caroline Ishida, chief counsel, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission | Presentation
  • Murray Clay, president, Ulupono Initiative | Presentation
  • Isaac Moriwake, managing attorney, Earthjustice | Presentation

Meeting adjourned.