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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.

Transforming Power in Paradise: The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (PDF)

Shaping Energy Policy: 2017 Legislative Measures

HCEI tracks energy-related legislation to bring you up to date, real-time information on 2017 legislative measures. The measures presented below are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a complete list of all energy-related bills. For all 2017 legislation, visit capitol.hawaii.gov.

An update of measures will be provided following the crossovers.  Send comments to dbedt.hcei@hawaii.gov.

SB906 / HB1040: Amends the “renewable portfolio standard” calculation to more accurately reflect the amount of grid-connected renewable energy generation in Hawaii.

SB155 / HB1253: Require gas utility companies to establish renewable energy portfolio standard for gas.

HB1580: Establishes a goal to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels for ground transportation by 2045.

More 2017 measures

(HCEI does not provide recommendation of support or opposition on legislative measures.)

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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.

 

Comments are welcomed. Send to dbedt.hcei@hawaii.gov.