Hawaii State Energy Office – Building a clean energy economy for Hawaii
Hawaii has the nation’s highest energy prices. As the most petroleum-dependent state in the U.S., we import as much as $4 billion of oil a year making us more reliant on outside economies, thus weakening our economy. Our dependence on oil places our economic security at risk. Simply stated, our current way of meeting our energy needs is not sustainable.
The State of Hawaii’s most important economic enterprise is to pursue energy independence by building a clean energy economy and reaching 70% clean energy by 2030. The Hawaii State Energy Office’s mission is to act as a catalyst for creating efficiency measures, renewable energy resources, transportation initiatives, and progressive policy that lead to green jobs and investments in Hawaii’s economy.
Mark Glick has been at the forefront of establishing alternative fuel policies and programs in the United States and abroad dating back to his tenure as senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner from 1987 to 1991, when he played a decisive role in passage of landmark amendments to the Texas Clean Air Act and similar provisions in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. For the next decade, he was a successful small business owner focused on reducing air pollution in urban areas, securing contracts and grants for clean fuel and emissions reductions projects from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric and the New York City Department of Transportation in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and New York City.
Returning to the public sector in 2003, Mr. Glick headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 2003 to 2010. As Director of Economic Development, he was the architect of changes to the agency’s 17-year old low-interest financing program resulting in greater than ten-fold productivity gains and self-sufficiency for the first time in the program’s history. Mr. Glick also led efforts to help Hawaii businesses secure more federal and state contracts with the establishment of the Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
At the State Energy Office, Mr. Glick has managed the $9.5 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and was tasked to the Hawaii Economic Development Task Force created by The Food and Energy Security Act 73(10) serving as the principal author of the Task Force’s Report to the 2011 Hawaii Legislature. Mr. Glick joined DBEDT in July of 2010.
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