Maui power company wants customers to pay for unused solar power

Maui power company wants customers to pay for unused solar power
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Electric Company is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to allow the utility to pass the cost - $155,000 - for 1.4 gigawatt hours of solar power that was produced but not used on to customers.

The Maui News reports that the utility, in a Jan. 31 filing, says it paid South Maui Renewable Resources, a 2.87-megawatt project, $110,359.33 for 997.8 megawatt hours of “compensable curtailed energy” per its power purchase agreement.

The filing says that South Maui Renewable Resources has an annual energy contract for 6.75 gigawatt hours.

Ku'ia Solar, a 2.87-MW solar project, billed Maui Electric Company for $44,803.80 for 405.1 MWh of compensable curtailed energy.

The filing says its total annual contract for energy is 6.6 GWh.

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