UH and Hawaiian Electric Companies’ agree to collaborate on green tariff design

The MOU between UH and HECO to collaboratively work together on an “green tariff” as part of a larger agreement to work collaboratively towards a master energy resource plan which:

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  • promotes the growth renewable energy
  • reduces carbon emissions to mitigate against climate change
  • supports state 100% renewables by 2045 RPS
  • contributes to stabilizing the grid
  • lowers the cost of UH energy bills
  • boosts clean energy sector
  • strengthens campus and community resiliency
  • advances EV infrastructure and adoption
  • benefits all residents and businesses
  • provides a model for others emulate




  • Matthew K Lynch, UH System Sustainability Coordinator
  • Miles Topping, UH Director Energy Management
  • Doug Codiga, Legal Counsel to UH
  • Michael Chang, Hawaiian Electric Consultant
  • Dennis Lee, Hawaiian Electric Pricing Manager
  • Brendan Bailey, Hawaiian Electric Assistant Deputy General Counsel
  • Eric Kunisaki, Hawaiian Electric Senior Associate General Counsel
  • Enrique Che, Hawaiian Electric Field Services Manager

The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Energy Management is working closely with UHERO and HNEI to provide analysis and decision support for proposed green tariff design.

  • Michael Roberts, University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO)
  • Mark Glick, Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI)

The Working Group met on Dec 6, 2017 to agree upon the following parameters for the design of a green tariff:

  • Lowers UH’s electricity bill
  • Keeps as many options open for as long as possible to UH
  • No negative impact to other customers; ideally net benefit for everyone
  • Determine timeframes for committing lands for Green Tariff PPA or Competitive RFP

Additionally, the group agreed that incorporation of the following guiding principles outlined in a recent white paper report issued by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute will result in a stronger and more robust tariff design:

  1. Charge participants according to the actual cost of serving them.
  2. Pass RECs and REC costs to participants.
  3. Charge transparent cost-based administrative and program fees.
  4. Set fair termination requirements.
  5. Consider the impact of costs and benefits outside the scope of the program.
  6. Enable participation by both new and existing customers.
  7. Allow flexibility within the program to address unique needs and circumstances.
  8. Set a regular schedule for program review

*Updated 01-08-18 to include Eric Kunisaki on Working Group.