UtilityDive: Hawaii groups see role for DERs in economic recovery from COVID-19


Dive Brief:

  • Distributed energy resource (DER) groups in Hawaii want the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to help expedite bottlenecks in interconnection processes as part of a broader strategy to bolster economic recovery from the turmoil caused by COVID-19.
  • DERs will be a “critical contributor” to building Hawaii’s economic resilience and recovery from the pandemic by creating jobs, reducing the cost of electricity and maintaining progress toward clean energy goals, the Distributed Energy Resources Council, Hawai’i PV Coalition, and Hawaii Solar Energy Association said in a letter to regulators last Friday.
  • Hawaiian Electric Co. is reviewing the letter and remains open to “anything we can safely, reasonably do to expedite the process to keep them working,” senior spokesman Peter Rosegg told Utility Dive in an email.

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