NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
APPLICATION OF HAWAI’I ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC.
FOR APPROVAL OF RATE INCREASES AND
REVISED RATE SCHEDULES AND RULES
DOCKET NO. 2018-0368
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to Hawai’i Revised Statutes §§ 269-12 and 269-16, the STATE OF HAWAI’I PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will hold public hearings relating to the Application of HAWAI’I ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC. (“Hawai’i Electric Light”), filed on December 14, 2018, for Commission approval of rate increases and revised rate schedules and rules (“Application”). The public hearings will be held as follows:
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
101 Aupuni Street, Suite 1
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
West Hawai’i Civic Center
County Council Chambers
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i 96740
Hawai’i Electric Light is the provider of electric utility service for the island of Hawai’i. Hawai’i Electric Light seeks approval of a general rate increase of $13,350,000 (or 3.38%) over revenues at current effective rates based on a revenue requirement of $407,857,000 for a normalized 2019 test year (“2019 test year”). Hawai’i Electric Light requests this increase to help recover the necessary investments to maintain and modernize its electrical infrastructure, provide responsive and reliable customer service, and support the integration of higher levels of renewable energy. The proposed revenue increase amount is based on fuel prices in 2018, and an 8.30% rate of return (which incorporates a rate of return on common equity (“ROE”) of 10.50%) on an average rate base of $536,931,000. If the effects of the revenues that Hawai’i Electric Light receives pursuant to the Revenue Balancing Account (“RBA”) and Rate Adjustment Mechanism (“RAM”) (the RBA and RAM are decoupling mechanisms which operate as separate cost recovery mechanisms aside from base rates) are included in the requested revenue increase, the total increase would be $19,516,000 (5.03%) over revenues at “present rates” to achieve a revenue requirement of $407,858,000.
As part of its Application, Hawai’i Electric Light also proposes the following: (1) certain modifications to the Energy Cost Recovery Clause (“ECRC”), which include: (a) revising the target heat rates for industrial fuel oil (“IFO”) and diesel fuel; (b) streamlining tariff language relating to triggers for the redetermination of target heat rates and deadbands, and implement fuel unbundling; (2) modifications to Rule No. 6 on customer deposits; and (3) treatment of contributions in aid of construction and developer advances. Hawai’i Electric Light also requests that should the Commission approve an interim increase, that it be structured as surcharges for the various classes based on a percentage of the customer’s base revenue charges.
The increases in Hawai’i Electric Light’s rates and charges to be finally approved by the Commission, if any, may be higher or lower than the proposed rates and charges noted in Hawai’i Electric Light’s Application.
Hawai’i Electric Light’s Application is available for review through the Commission’s electronic Document Management System, accessible at the following website address: http://dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms/, Docket Quick Link 2018-0368. In addition, Hawai’i Electric Light’s Application is available for review by contacting Hawai’i Electric Light [(808) 969-6999 (Hilo); (808) 329-3584 (Kona); (808) 885-4605 (Waimea)], the Commission’s Hawai’i District Office [(808) 974-4533] or Honolulu Office [(808) 586-2020], or the Division of Consumer Advocacy [(808) 586-2800].
All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearings to state their views on Hawai’i Electric Light’s Application orally, in writing, or both. So that all in attendance will have the opportunity to speak at the public hearings, the Commission may impose time limits for each person’s testimony. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made if requested reasonably in advance by contacting the Commission’s Honolulu Office. Written statements may also be mailed to the Public Utilities Commission at 465 South King Street, Room 103, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813, or submitted via electronic mail at email@example.com. All written statements should reference Docket No. 2018-0368 and include the author’s name and the entity or organization that the author represents. Any motions to intervene or participate in this proceeding must comply with the applicable provisions of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure Before the Public Utilities Commission, Hawai’i Administrative Rules, Title 16, Chapter 601, and must be filed with the Commission at its Honolulu Office by March 18, 2019.
Sharon M. Suzuki
Hawai’i Electric Light Company, Inc.