About the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

Hawaii Energy Use at a Glance. Imported oil supplies 90% of our energy. More than 60% of our energy is used for transportation. Nearly 40% of our energy is used to power buildings. We are the most oil-dependent state in the nation. We spend as much as $7 billion a year outside our islands to meet our energy needs.To preserve the pristine beauty of Hawai‘i's islands for future generations to enjoy, the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative is working on sustainable solutions to our energy challenges.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 the Steering Committee and working groups' 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 organization (NGO), university, and business leaders from Hawaii were formed to collaborate with DOE in analyzing various strategies for the state to employ. The working 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 working group process was a request from the stakeholders for Booz Allen Hamilton to develop 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 working groups.

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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 Clean Energy Initiative