The Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission, in a May 31 order, instructed Maui Electric Company and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Division of Consumer Advocacy to file by June 12 a stipulated procedural schedule for the commission’s consideration regarding the company’s proposal to build a 69-kV overhead transmission line.
If the parties are unable to reach agreement on a stipulated procedural schedule, then each party is to separately file its proposed procedural schedule by June 12, the commission said.
As noted in the company’s April application, Maui Electric proposes to relocate two existing sections of 69-kV overhead lines and underbuilt 23-kV lines located at Waikapu, Maui, Hawai’i that serve the Central Maui areas. The project involves the installation of about 12 steel poles and 69-kV transmission line conductors, as well as the removal of six existing wood poles and about 1,836 feet of transmission line conductors, the company said.
The developer, Waiko Industrial Investment, LLC, initiated the relocation of the Waiko Road 69-kV transmission line and 23-kV underbuilt line because the current alignment of the existing lines is within the proposed Waiko Light Industrial Subdivision development, the company said. The right of way (ROW) for the existing lines was established under a term lease agreement executed in 1960 for a term of 35 years , and thereafter from year to year (referred to as the Maui Electric Term Lease Agreement), the company said.
The transmission line relocation is required as the developer has terminated the Maui Electric Term Lease Agreement that covers the existing transmission line and requested the transmission line relocation to be completed prior to the completion of the Waiko Light Industrial Subdivision development, the company said.
The location of the proposed steel pole alignments would be within the developer’s property and the developer has agreed to grant Maui Electric a 25-foot-wide perpetual easement parallel with the roadway – East Waiko Road – fronting the developer’s Waiko Light Industrial Subdivision project, the company said.
The project’s estimated cost is $1.24m, Maui Electric said, adding that it would pay 100% of the relocation costs. Among other things, the company said that the developer has requested the 69-kV transmission lines and 23-kV underbuilt relocation to be completed prior to the estimated completion date of December 2019 for the Waiko Light Industrial Subdivision.