HONOLULU, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) (NYSE: HE), today reported that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued four decisions and orders that collectively represent a comprehensive set of energy policies and guidelines for the state of Hawaii, including resource planning and operational directives to the Hawaiian Electric utilities:
Integrated Resource Planning (Docket No. 2012-0036, Order No. 32052);
Reliability Standards Working Group (Docket No. 2011-0206, Order No. 32053);
Policy Statement and Order Regarding Demand Response Programs (Docket No. 2007-0341, Order No. 32054); and
Maui Electric Company (Maui Electric) 2012 Test Year Rate Case (Docket No. 2011-0092, Order No. 32055).
"In this challenging, fast-changing energy environment, we welcome the PUC's clear direction and roadmap. We've been working on many of these initiatives, and these directives confirm the energy policy priorities that will guide our strategies and implementation," said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and chief executive officer.
"We understand the importance of moving quickly and see this as an unprecedented opportunity to move aggressively on a shared vision for the utility of the future and on our role in meeting the needs of our customers. We look forward to working with the PUC and the Hawai'i State Energy Office as we move forward to develop and execute these comprehensive plans," added Rosenblum.
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HEI supplies power to approximately 450,000 customers or 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited and provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American Savings Bank, one of Hawaii's largest financial institutions.
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Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and HEI's future periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.