Power Move

In preparation for the retirement of the AES coal plant on Oahu in September 2022, Hawaii Energy is presenting the Power Move program which consists of incentives for certain measures that reduce load during the utility peak hours of 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The collective demand savings from Oahu’s commercial customers will help move our state closer to a 100 percent clean energy future.

 

Demand Savings Bonus

Custom projects on O‘ahu that are pre-approved for the Power Move Demand Savings Bonus limited-time offer will receive the following custom rebate levels:

The total rebate for a project is capped at 50% of project costs.

These rebate bonus levels are subject to funding availability and are first come, first served. Projects receiving this bonus will see a twenty (20) percent higher rebate, on average, compared to the standard custom rebate rates. Maximizing utility peak demand savings will maximize the potential total rebate.

Peak Demand Savings Bonus Rules & Requirements

 

  • Download the Rules & Requirements to make sure your project is eligible.
  • Prepare the items on the Pre-Approval Checklist on the second page of the Rules & Requirements.
  • Submit the pre-approval request by email to the appropriate Energy Advisor or HawaiiEnergy@leidos.com no later than June 30, 2022.

Download the applicable Hawaii Energy worksheet below to estimate the rebate for your custom project.

Custom Lighting Worksheet

Custom Non-Lighting Worksheet

Transformer Worksheet

This offer is open for applications from November 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 or while funding lasts.

A custom rebate project for an eligible commercial facility on Oahu may be eligible for the Power Move Demand Savings Bonus by meeting all of the following requirements:

  • The project is pre-approved by Hawaii Energy through a formal Rebate Commitment Letter.
  • The project is a retrofit. New construction is not eligible.
  • The equipment is not yet installed and the customer has not applied for a rebate as of November 1, 2021.
  • The equipment is installed by June 30, 2023.

Please refer to the Rules & Requirements for full eligibility details.

How much higher will the rebate be with this bonus?

On average, this rebate bonus translates to a 20% higher rebate above the standard custom rebate rates. Projects that have significant peak demand savings will yield higher rebates.

Would there be any reason a project would not be pre-approved for this offer?

There are a number of reasons why a project would not be given pre-approval for this offer including but not limited to the following:

  • The project was already installed as of November 1, 2021.
  • A rebate application was already submitted for the project prior to November 1, 2021.
  • The project does not qualify for a custom rebate from Hawaii Energy.
  • The project does not have peak demand savings.

If my custom project does not receive pre-approval for this offer, can I still get a rebate?

If the project is qualifies for a rebate, you can still apply under the standard custom rebate process.

What if I receive pre-approval/a Rebate Commitment Letter and my project gets delayed?

If your project is delayed beyond the expiration date on the Rebate Commitment Letter, you may request to renew pre-approval by providing sufficient evidence that the project is underway and will be completed by June 30, 2023. Otherwise, the pre-approval/Rebate Commitment Letter and access to the Demand Savings Bonus offer will expire.


Commercial Energy Storage

The Commercial Energy Storage program under Power Move seeks to support enrollment in HECO’s Battery Bonus program by incentivizing commercial battery storage installations on Oahu to reduce load during the 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. utility peak with enhanced incentives for load reduction between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Commercial Energy Storage projects on Oahu that are pre-approved for the Power Move Commercial Energy Storage rebate will receive the following rebate levels:

*The rebate is dependent upon the dispatch capacity committed.

The total rebate per applicant is capped at 25% of the Power Move Commercial Energy Storage program budget. These rebate levels are subject to funding availability and are first come, first served.

Commercial Energy Storage Rules & Requirements

 

How long is this offer available?

This offer is open for applications from April 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023 or while funding lasts.

 

A commercial energy storage project may be eligible for the Power Move Commercial Energy Storage rebate if it meets all of the following key requirements. Additional requirements are outlined in the complete Rules & Requirements.

  1. The applicant is a commercial rate schedule account holder (Schedule G, J, DS, P, or F) of HECO on the island of O‘ahu.
  2. The energy storage system must be interconnected to the HECO grid.
  3. The energy storage system must be a new installation. Hawai‘i Energy will consider projects in progress if they align with the HECO’s Battery Bonus Rules for installations from July 1, 2021.
  4. The energy storage system must be scheduled to serve onsite energy needs or exported to the grid between 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. HST.
  5. The energy storage system must be installed and operational by August 31, 2023.
  6. The energy storage system must remain installed for at least five (5) years and will operate with the committed dispatch schedule for a minimum of two (2) years.
  1. Download the Rules & Requirements to make sure your project is eligible.
  2. Prepare the items on the Pre-Approval Checklist located on the last page of the Rules & Requirements.
  3. Submit the pre-approval request with attachments by email to Eileen Lacaden Stewart at Eileen.D.Lacaden@Leidos.com by January 31, 2023.

Would there be any reason a project would not be pre-approved for this offer?

There are a number of reasons why an energy storage project would not be given pre-approval for this offer including but not limited to the following:

  • Funding has been expended for this program.
  • The applicant is not a commercial HECO account holder.
  • The system was installed prior to July 1, 2021.
  • The system will not be interconnected to the HECO grid.
  • The system will not be dispatched between 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The information submitted for rebate pre-approval is missing critical information required for Hawai‘i Energy to verify customer or project eligibility.

What if I receive pre-approval/a Rebate Commitment Letter and my project gets delayed?

If your project is delayed beyond the expiration date on the Rebate Commitment Letter, you may request to renew pre-approval by providing sufficient evidence that the project is underway and will be installed and operational by August 31, 2023. Otherwise, the pre-approved rebate will expire.