Hawaii Regulators Shoot Down HECO Request to Reconsider ‘Big Wind’

Hawaiian Electric

UPDATED 8/26/11 10:25

It’s an unequivocal no.

The state Public Utilities Commission has denied Hawaiian Electric Co.’s request to reconsider a July ruling requiring the utility to rebid 200 megawatts – or half – of the Big Wind project.

“The commission is not convinced that any of the arguments raised by HECO demonstrate that the commission’s order is ‘unreasonable, unlawful or erroneous,’” as Hawaiian Electric had argued, according to a PUC document made public today.

The PUC decision is the latest development in an ongoing saga surrounding the estimated $2.3 billion project that aims to bring 400 mw of wind energy from Lanai and Molokai to Oahu via an undersea cable.

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