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About the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is charting a new path toward an energy-independent future for Hawaii. Today, imported oil supplies 80 percent 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. Hawaii must alter its course.

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is a partnership between the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy that launched in 2008.  It brings together business leaders, policy makers, and concerned citizens committed to leading Hawaii to energy independence.

Since HCEI was established, Hawaii has significantly increased both its renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) levels and its energy efficiency portfolio standard (EEPS) levels.

Under the RPS, renewable energy accounted for 23.4 percent of utility electricity sales in 2015, up from 9.4 percent in 2008.  Over the same period, the amount of electricity saved from efficiency measures under the EEPS increased to 1,575 gigawatt-hours, from 870 gigawatt-hours.

The latest recommitment, in 2014, came with an updated name, HCEI MAX, and a matching emphasis on Hawaii’s leadership in setting bold clean energy goals. That includes a bigger focus on HCEI’s third area of concern, transportation. HCEI MAX aims to reduce petroleum use in Hawaii’s transportation sector, an important focus given that transportation accounts for two-thirds of the state’s overall energy mix. Other goals include the nation’s first-ever 100 percent renewable energy portfolio standard by the year 2045 and a reduction in electricity consumption by 4,300 gigawatt-hours (GWh) by 2030 – enough energy to power 7,962,963 refrigerators for an entire year.

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.