Hawaii is the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation.
This can be explained in large part because of our dependence on tourism and the military. That’s a dangerous scenario for the future because of the finite nature of fossil fuel and the fact that our state is more and more vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices and availability.
The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is leading the way in relieving our dependence on oil by setting goals to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045.
As a follow up to the first meeting held in May 2017, the Hawaii State Energy Office hosted a second meeting of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Energy Efficiency Charrette on September 26 and 27 regarding energy efficiency programs.
The May (Part 1) Charrette focused on updating participants, to provide a common ground of knowledge and information, and to discuss new information on programs such as the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards, the Public Benefits Fee, the Public Benefit Fee Administrator, and the Energy Building Code. It closed with a group discussion about what should happen next.
The HCEI goals require statewide participation and support. Renewable development and efficiency measures will need strong backing as will policy and planning agendas that support clean energy. Above all, we must all begin to think and act “green” in our daily lives.
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