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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. We must alter our 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.

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

On September 15, 2014, the State of Hawaii and U.S. Department of Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their commitment to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership to increase energy efficiencies 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.