Funded by the state Legislature, the third-party study examines existing ownership and regulatory models in each county and evaluates them in comparison to alternative models, such as cooperative, municipal and independent distribution system operators. The study also examines which models could increase local control over energy sources serving each county, further diversify energy resources, jumpstart economic development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase system reliability.
The report considers costs required to change from the existing model to a new model, legal and regulatory approvals needed for the change, impact on revenue requirements and rates and effects on distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, batteries and smart appliances.
Incorporating feedback from 18 months of stakeholder meetings and workshops on all islands, it is the most extensive analysis of its kind ever conducted in Hawaii.
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