NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
APPLICATION OF HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC. FOR
APPROVAL TO CONSTRUCT AN OVERHEAD 69 KV TRANSMISSION LINE
PURSUANT TO HRS SECTION 269-27.6(A) FOR ITEM H0001047,
WAIMEA-KAWAIHAE RECONDUCTOR 7300 LINE
DOCKET NO. 2007-0124
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) section 269-27.5, the STATE OF HAWAII, PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (Commission), will hold a public hearing on July 30, 2007, 6:00 p.m. at the Waimea Civic Center, 67-5189 Kamamalu Street, Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743 relating to the Application of Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), filed on May 11, 2007, in Docket No. 2007-0124.
HELCO seeks Commission determination that the existing Waimea-Kawaihae (7300) 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line (from the Waimea Power Plant, west along the north side of the State Highway 19 corridor, to pole P.61XX, at a distance of approximately 5.4 miles) be reconductored and reinforced above the surface of the ground, pursuant to HRS § 269-27.6(a). HELCO primarily plans to reinforce and modify the existing wood poles rather than replacing them with taller and higher class wood or steel poles. As proposed, the pole reinforcement will meet a design wind speed of 70 mph. Where reinforcement is not possible, existing poles will be replaced with taller wood poles or intermediate poles will be installed. The project scope described above may be modified slightly due to further design refinements by HELCO. For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please refer to HELCOs application which is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the locations listed below.
HELCO states that this project is necessary because the existing 7300 line is presently at risk for overloads of about 20% of its emergency rating as concluded in its Waimea-Keamuku (7200) and Waimea-Ouli (7300) 69 kV Transmission Overload Study, Final Report, dated July 2006. HELCO anticipates completion of construction by December 2007.
All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to state their views orally, in writing, or both. Written statements may be submitted prior to or at the public hearing. Statements may be mailed or delivered to the Public Utilities Commission, 465 South King Street #103, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Statements may also be sent by electronic mail to the Commissions e-mail address at Hawaii.PUC@Hawaii.gov. All written statements should reference Docket No. 2007-0124 and include the following information: (1) name of the person submitting the written statement; (2) organization the person submitting the written statement represents (if any); and (3) address of the person submitting the written statement.
Copies of the application and supporting exhibits are available for public inspection during regular business hours at any of the following locations:
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
465 S. King Street, #103 HAWAII DISTRICT OFFICE
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 688 Kinoole Street, #106A
Phone: (808) 586-2020 Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 974-4533
HAWAIIAN ELEC. CO., INC. HAWAII ELEC. LIGHT, CO., INC.
Central Pacific Plaza, Suite 1301 1200 Kilauea Avenue
220 South King Street Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Phone: (808) 969-0124
Phone: (808) 543-4787
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY
335 Merchant Street, Room 326
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-2800
Special needs to accommodate persons with disabilities can be made if reasonably requested in advance of the public hearing by contacting the Commissions Honolulu office.
Carlito P. Caliboso
(SB05530437 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/28/07) Chairman
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING