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About the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

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To preserve the pristine beauty of Hawaii’s islands for future generations to enjoy, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is working on sustainable solutions to our energy challenges.

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is charting a new path toward an energy-independent future for Hawaii. Today, imported oil supplies 90% of Hawaii’s energy. Our dependence on oil threatens our most precious resources—the land, air, and water that sustain us. And it places our economic security at risk. Simply stated, our current way of meeting our energy needs is not sustainable. We must alter our course.

A partnership between the state of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy launched in 2008, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is bringing together business leaders, policy makers, and concerned citizens committed to leading Hawaii to energy independence.
The HCEI Road Map sets out a long-term strategy toward energy independence.

HCEI Road Map, 2011 Edition (full version)

HCEI Road Map, Introduction & Overview, 2011 Edition

To ensure that the solutions developed through the HCEI endured, and that the initiative would eventually transition to one that was owned wholly by the people of Hawaii, working groups composed of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), academia, and business leaders from Hawaii were formed to collaborate with DOE in analyzing various strategies for the state to employ. The groups were structured to be managed via a collaborative effort between the state of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and DOE.

The first of the major outputs from the group process was a request from the stakeholders for a high-level analysis of how 70% could be achieved—work that eventually became known as the scenario or “wedge” analysis. Although the wedge analysis is the basis upon which much of the additional follow-on work was conducted, it was only the first of many different studies undertaken on behalf of the group.

Click for report and report summary below.

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Scenario Analysis
Quantitative Estimates Used to Facilitate Working Group Discussions (2008-2010)

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Scenario Analysis Report Summary


Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy reaffirm commitment to clean energy initiative

On September 15, 2014, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their commitment to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership to increase energy effciencies and maximize the use of Hawaii’s abundant renewable energy resources.

News release (PDF)

Memorandum of Understanding

Organizational Elements

Since the formation of HCEI, great strides have been made toward achieving energy independence. To continue the momentum in meeting Hawaii’s clean energy goals, HCEI is structured for collaborative engagement and partnerships with all stakeholders. A core Executive Management Team (EMT), consisting primarily of state and federal government representatives, will focus on achieving Hawaii’s clean energy goals. The EMT will appoint an Advisory Board Chair and also engage with the Advisory Board, Strike Teams, and External Stakeholders. Charrettes will bring vital stakeholders together and provide a format for dialog and critical thinking around developing issues.