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Help Create a Clean Energy Future

Get involved. Be part of the solution. Help Hawaii reach its clean energy goals.

Below are resources from energy efficiency to renewable energy to innovation.  Visit these organizations and learn what you can do to Help Create a Clean Energy Future.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Hawaii Energy
Hawaii Energy is the ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties.

ENERGY STAR Energy Efficiency Program
ENERGY STAR program helps identify and promote energy efficiency in products, homes and buildings nationwide.

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Saver Guide
This guide shows you how easy it is to cut your energy use at home and also on the road. Some of the tips are simple to do. Others require more effort and investment, but promise big savings over the years.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
A comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency.

Hawaii Green Business Program
The Hawaii Green Business Program assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

U.S. Green Building Council – Hawaii Chapter
USGBC Hawaii’s mission is to “create an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous quality of life for all in Hawaii through the transformation of the built environment and the way it is planned, designed, constructed and operated.”

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Hawaiian Electric: What is Renewable Energy?
An energy source “renewable” or “sustainable” if it can be replenished — such as biomass, biofuels or garbage — or will never run out — such as the sun, wind or ocean movement.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Learning About Renewable Energy
Fossil fuels draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle. Renewable energy – such as wind and solar – are constantly replenished and will never run out.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
A comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency.

Renewable EnerGIS
This tool provides renewable energy resource and site information for specific Hawaii locations.  It is intended to help landowners, developers, and policy makers understand the renewable energy potential of sites statewide.

Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard
The Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard tool was developed to help those proposing renewable energy projects understand the county, state, and federal permits that may be required for their individual project. This tool works for projects ranging in size from residential solar installations to large utility-scale facilities.

Hawaii Renewable Energy Projects Directory
The islands of Hawaii have abundant natural resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, and hydropower. These precious resources could potentially meet a substantial portion of Hawaii’s energy needs. Use this interactive directory to find and learn about renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

 

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Blue Planet Foundation
The Blue Planet Foundation’s mission is to inspire everyone to believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels.

Ulupono Initiative
Supports energy projects that will utilize Hawaii’s abundance of renewable resources to power the state and reduce our dependence on imported oil.

 

INNOVATION

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)
Facilitates the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry.

Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT)
Develop and demonstrate technologies for future military and commercial transportation systems.

Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park
Administered by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA)
Hawaii’s innovative economic development park plays a significant role in Hawaii’s growth in ocean energy technologies and sustainable development. 

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI)
As a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, HNEI conducts research of state and national importance to develop, test and evaluate novel renewable energy technologies. The Institute leverages its in-house work with public-private partnerships to demonstrate real-world operations and enable integration of emerging technologies into the energy mix. 

Elemental Excelerator
Offers an accelerated pathway to help innovation companies navigate markets in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific.

xlr8uh
XLR8UH, a nationally recognized program, educates, mentors, and invests in Hawaii’s top talent and research.

 

STAY INFORMED

Policy and Regulation

Hawaii Energy Policy Forum
The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum is a unique experiment in collaborative energy planning and policy making. It includes representatives from business, government, and the community. The intent is to incorporate many different perspectives and the broadest possible experience into the design of a flexible, forward-looking energy strategy. Envisioning a preferred energy future for Hawaii.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates all chartered, franchised, certificated, and registered public utility companies operating in the State; reviews and approves rates, tariffs, charges and fees; determines the allowable rate of earnings in establishing rates; issues guidelines concerning the general management of franchised or certificated utility businesses; and acts on requests for the acquisition, sale, disposition or other exchange of utility properties, including mergers and consolidations.

Tracking Our Goals

Aloha+ Challenge
The Aloha+ Challenge is a statewide commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability targets by 2030 in Clean Energy, Local Food Production, Natural Resource Management, Solid Waste Reduction, Smart Sustainable Communities and Green Workforce & Education. This Dashboard tracks Hawaii’s progress on achieving its sustainability targets.

Blue Planet Foundation: Island Pulse Program
The Blue Planet Foundation’s mission is to inspire everyone to believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels.  Check out their “Island Pulse” Program to see real time electricity use on Oahu.

 

HCEI does not endorse any organization, product, service, or person. These resources are for informational purposes only.