Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045. By collaborating with thought leaders and committed groups and individuals, we will build upon the dynamic, ongoing work of public and private organizations at the national, state, and county levels to achieve the following key objectives:
- Define the new infrastructure needed to move Hawaii to a clean energy economy.
- Foster and demonstrate innovation in the use of clean energy technologies, creative financing, and public policy to accelerate our transition to clean energy.
- Create economic opportunity by developing and diversifying Hawaii’s economy so all of us reap the benefits of a sustainable energy policy.
- Establish an “open source” learning model that supports other island communities seeking to achieve similar goals and makes Hawaii a world model for clean energy-based economies.
- Build our workforce with new skills that will form the foundation of an energy-independent Hawaii.
Progress to Date
Since the foundation of HCEI, we have implemented many of the foundational policies and innovative solutions needed to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, maximize our diverse portfolio of natural resources, and create employment and investment opportunities throughout the islands. Our state has earned many recognitions as a clean energy leader. As we move forward, we must continue to embrace innovative technologies and thoughtful decision-making.
The new energy paradigm is driven by the policy directives of the State of Hawaii. In short, our 21st Century energy agenda is based on the following five principles: (1) Diversifying our energy portfolio (2) Connecting and modernizing our grids (3) Balancing technical, economic, environmental, and cultural considerations (4) Leveraging our position as an innovation test bed (5) Creating an efficient marketplace that benefits producers and consumers.
Significantly, we’re already meeting many of our goals. Hawaii currently enjoys a robust clean energy industry. Innovation is accelerating at a rapid rate, which in turn stimulates our economic growth. For example, the state is making exciting headway in the clean transportation sector. Presently, there are over 5,000 EVs on Hawaii’s roads, supported by over 530 publicly available charging stations statewide. In renewable energy deployment, we’re investing in smart infrastructure and exploring next generation technologies. By harnessing power from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, ocean, biomass and biofuels, Hawaii reached an important new milestone, generating a record 23.4% of our energy from renewable resources in 2015.
Hawaii Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of Hawaii have established a long‐term partnership to transform the way in which renewable energy and energy efficiency resources are planned and used in the state. In 2010, DOE announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA) with the State as a joint lead for wind energy development under the Hawaii Interisland Renewable Energy Program.