Energy office to hold meetings on utility ownership

The Maui News

The Hawaii State Energy Office will hold meetings on Maui, Molokai and Lanai to gather input for a study about future models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii.

The state Legislature asked the office to conduct the study to evaluate the costs and benefits of various electric utility ownership models, as well as to explore different utility regulations that could help Hawaii achieve its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The study will examine scenarios for each of the counties.

The first series of statewide meetings took place in October. The meetings this month will focus on the future of electric utility regulatory models, including performance-based regulation and the role the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission plays in achieving state energy goals.

The schedule for Maui County is:

• Wailuku, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Waikapu Community Center.

• Kaunakakai, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center.

• Lanai City, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lanai Community Center.

The study is expected to be completed by January.

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