About the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative is charting a new path toward an energy-independent future for Hawai‘i. Today, imported oil supplies 90% of Hawai‘i'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 Hawai‘i and the U.S. Department of Energy launched in 2008, the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative is bringing together business leaders, policy makers, and concerned citizens committed to leading Hawai‘i to energy independence.
The HCEI Road Map sets out a long-term strategy toward energy independence.
HCEI Road Map, 2011 Edition (full version)
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.
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