EnergyBUZZPosted on Sep 8, 2011 in State Energy Office
(2/04/15) Hawaii ranks 6th in US Green Building Council’s Top 10 States For LEED 2014
(2/02/15) Mark Glick, administrator for the Energy Office, said the changes are a crucial step toward getting the state closer to its renewable-energy goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030 — 40 percent from renewables and 30 percent from efficiency measures.
(1/12/15) The January 2015 Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders list is now available. This list contains 44 renewable energy projects that are demonstrating progress toward becoming commercial enterprises that in turn will assist the State of Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals.
(12/18/14) Hawaii has made great strides in achieving its renewable energy goals, and now finds itself in a new energy ecosystem according to a new state report.
(12/18/17) The 2014 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Report now available. This report outlines HSEO’s vision for transforming Hawaii’s energy future and shows our state’s clean energy progress.
(12/17/14) DBEDT has garnered a top financial industry award for its successful effort to raise $150 million in the bond market to support the new GEMS program. “It is an honor to be recognized for our effort to develop an innovative financing structure that will bring clean energy to underserved groups of consumers so they too can lower their electric bills,” said Gov. David Ige.
(12/02/14) Hawaiian Electric Co. customers will see a monthly $1.29 green infrastructure fee on their bills to help finance the state’s $150 million Green Energy Market Securitization program.
(11/16/14) The Hawaii State Energy Office’s Clean Energy Solutions program manager, Tan Yan Chen, answers questions about the GEMS (Green Energy Market Securitization) program.
(10/29/14) The Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism announced the details of an upcoming offering of approximately $150 million of bonds to support the department’s Green Energy Market Securitization program.
(10/19/14) Honolulu Star-Advertiser Letter to the Editor by Mark Glick, Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office, “DBEDT comments were poorly worded.”
(10/17/14) Report shows strong public support for renewable energy in Hawaii.
The U.H. Center on the Family recently produced a report describing results from a statewide survey of public attitudes towards energy generation technologies. The purpose of the study was to compare levels of public support for renewable energy technologies vs. conventional energy sources.
(10/10/14) On Hawaii News Now
The state issued a report against Hawaiian Electric Companies questioning major parts of the company’s recent power supply plans. “We simply feel they don’t go far enough fast enough. Our criticism is really that we see the energy policy objectives and our energy policy goals and renewable objectives require transformational change,” said Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office Administrator.
(10/06/14) DBEDT has filed two responses to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission regarding Hawaiian Electric Industries’ distributed generation interconnection plan and power supply improvement plans.
(10/01/14) DBEDT welcomed the PUC’s approval of DBEDT’s innovative Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program which will provide low-cost capital to finance clean energy improvements for Hawaii consumers who have had difficulty obtaining financing for such projects. “The GEMS program provides a clear opportunity to fill that market gap. GEMS funds can be used alone or in combination with private capital to provide financing to these consumers through our deployment partners, such as solar financiers, local financial institutions and national energy lenders,” said Mark Glick, State Energy Office administrator.
(9/15/14) Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reaffirming their commitment to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership to increase energy efficiencies and maximize the use of Hawaii’s abundant renewable energy resources. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that by setting ambitious clean energy goals, the United States can support local industries while also moving towards a low carbon future,” said Secretary Moniz. “These types of collaborative efforts are an important component of the President’s Climate Action Plan, which will help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the clean energy economy in Hawaii and nationwide,” he added.
(9/05/14) The Public Utilities Commission has approved the State of Hawaii to issue up to $150 million in bonds to provide low-cost capital for a proposed loan program that would expand access to solar photovoltaic systems and other clean energy improvements for Hawaii consumers who have had difficulty obtaining financing for such projects. “We’re taking a well-established securitization structure and repurposing it for the benefit of underserved consumers in Hawaii, such as nonprofits, renters and lower-income folks who want to enjoy the savings of clean energy.” said DBEDT Director Richard Lim.
(9/02/14) Hawaii was recognized for the third consecutive year by the Energy Services Coalition as the nation’s leader for per capita investment in energy performance contracting. “We’ve challenged ourselves and our agency partners — as some of Hawaii’s largest energy consumers — to lead by example and push the limits of energy performance contracting,” said Mark Glick, State Energy Office Administrator.
(8/08/14) The Hawaii Energy Office is staffing up to deal with what it sees as major challenges during a critical time, said Administrator Mark Glick.
(7/29/14) The Hawaii Energy Office is well equipped to handle all of the daunting challenges ahead as the state moves closer and closer to its renewable energy goal, says Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office.
(7/24/14) Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, is turning to California’s former Environmental Protection Agency chief as the state focuses more on the transportation portion of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
(7/18/14) Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, says the new HCEI 2.0 transportation goals will look at ways to reduce the amount of fuel the state uses.
(7/11/14) On KITV news
The Hawaii Green Business Awards honored energy efficient businesses for their innovative clean energy efforts. Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui presented 22 honorees including hotels, restaurants, and green events.
(7/07/14) GreenSun Hawaii Loan Program finances $3 million in solar installations statewide.
(6/20/14) Governor signs five bills relating to energy. “We spend billions of dollars a year on imported oil,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Let’s keep our money within the state by investing in clean, renewable energy development that will reduce carbon emissions in the process, helping to mitigate climate change. These bills are critical to Hawaii’s future and demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable state for our residents.”
(6/12/14) Hawaii State Energy Office Administrator Mark Glick will be a panelist on Pacific Business News’ 2014 Sustainability Panel on June 16, 2014.
(6/09/14) DBEDT has filed two applications with the state Public Utilities Commission seeking approval to move forward with the Abercrombie Administration’s Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program, which will make solar panels and other clean energy improvements more accessible and affordable to Hawaii consumers. “The GEMS program is a significant step toward removing barriers that have prevented many Hawaii residents from embracing clean energy and lowering their power bills,” said Gov. Abercrombie.
(6/02/14) On KITV news
The president unveiled his plan to cut emissions from power plants across the country including Hawaii. Mark Glick, State Energy Office Administrator, issued a statement about the new guidelines.
(6/02/14) The White House today released new rules under the Clean Air Act governing what existing power plants must do to reduce earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions. These rules provide states flexibility to utilize energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as outlined in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, as compliance measures. Gov. Abercrombie applauded the new rules, stated, “Hawaii is at the forefront of responding to climate change through our Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which serves as a substantial economic driver while reducing our dependence on imported oil.”
(5/22/14) In a report prepared by Environmental Entrepreneurs, Hawaii ranks in the top 10 in the first quarter for the number of new jobs related to clean energy.
(5/16/14) Energy Administrator Mark Glick is interviewed for Pacific Business News’ “Leaders in Energy: Industry leaders forecast Hawaii’s energy future” article.
(5/08/14) On KFVE Sunrise
Mark Glick, Energy Administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office, talks with Howard Dicus on Sunrise about the Hawaii Refinery Task Force’s final report on the potential impacts of refinery closures in Hawaii.
(4/30/14) Mark Glick, Energy Administrator for the State of Hawaii, discusses the GEMS (Green Energy Market Securitization) program on ThinkTech Hawaii.
(4/29/14) The Hawaii State Energy Office and Gov. Neil Abercrombie commended the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) issuance of four major decisions and orders today. The PUC’s decisions and orders relate to Integrated Resource Planning (IRP), Reliability Standards Working Group (RSWG), Policy Statement and Order Regarding Demand Response (DR) Programs, and Maui Electric Company (MECO) Rate Case Follow Up.
(4/28/14) The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has completed its year-long study of the potential impacts of refinery closures and has submitted its final report to Gov. Abercombie
(4/23/14) 2014 HAWAII BUILD AND BUY GREEN CONFERENCE
Net Zero Energy and Net Positive Impact
Learn about the latest in green building programs, case studies, and crowdsourcing
May 7 at the UH Cancer Center in Kakaako
(4/21/14) House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to kick start a statewide green infrastructure financing program designed to make clean energy improvements, such as photovoltaic panels, affordable and accessible to underserved community members, including low- and moderate-income homeowners, renters and nonprofits.
(4/14/14) On a per-capita basis, Honolulu is the leading solar city in the nation according to the Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. “The Hawaii State Energy Office continues to stimulate Hawaii’s clean energy market with our innovative policies and deployment strategies,” said State Energy Administrator Mark Glick. “These rankings prove our commitment to increasing renewable penetration and reducing energy consumption.”
(3/12/14) Environmental Entrepreneurs’ jobs report for 2013 names Hawaii in the top 10 for clean energy states in the nation.
(2/27/14) DBEDT Director Richard Lim spoke at the ninth annual LNGA Conference in Singapore. Lim told participants the biggest demand for liquefied natural gas in Hawaii is for power generation, marine and ground transportation.
(2/21/14) Oahu and Maui could share power and even lower residents’ electrical bills under a plan that involves the state, Hawaii’s largest utility and several undersea cable developers. Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, says the state supports an interisland transmission cable and believes and Oahu-Maui grid tie is in the public interest.
(2/19/14) HPR’s Molly Solomon interviews Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator, on the benefits of wind power.
(2/18/14) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, on which the state of Hawaii placed ninth. “Hawaii’s recognition as one of the Top 10 States for LEED buildings speaks volumes about the vigorous and progressive actions taken by our government, education, hospitality and military communities,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “The state is committed to fulfilling its clean energy goals, and I applaud all of those involved for their continued commitment toward energy efficiency.”
(2/13/14) The state, County of Hawaii, and Hawaii Electric Light Company today announced a strategic partnership to share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona, managed by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).
(2/12/14) Hawaii State Energy Administrator Mark Glick testified before the U.S. Senate Energy Subcommittee hearing on “Lessons from State Efficiency and Renewable Programs.” Glick discussed the Abercrombie Administration’s innovative efficiency and renewable policies, and suggested actions the federal government could take to support job creation and innovation at the state and local level.
(2/03/14) On Al Jazeera America
As Hawaii pushes to decrease its dependence on imported oil, some islands are turning to wind power. However, some citizens say the wind turbines are built on sacred land. Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Commissioner, understands the struggle but would also like to break Hawaii’s dependence on oil, “Keeping our sites on the true goal which is to rid ourselves of imported oil which has created such a stranglehold on our economy.”
(1/21/14) On KGMB news
The public got a look at a new plan to build an undersea electricity cable between Oahu and Maui. An undersea electrical cable will save consumers more than $420 million over 30 years, a state official said. “The net of that provides savings to the rate payers just by combining the grids, said State Energy Administrator, Mark Glick.
(1/06/14) The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum will brief legislators and the public on the state of Hawaii’s clean energy scene on Friday morning at the State Capitol in Honolulu, with topics such as the so called barrel tax, grid modernization, interisland cable, local biofuels, liquefied natural gas and transportation. The annual briefing includes speakers such as state Sen. Mike Gabbard, chairman of the energy and environment committee, and Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, and others.
(12/31/13) The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission will hold a public meeting on Maui in January regarding the planned undersea cable that would connect the electric grids of both Oahu and Maui. Hawaii regulators are looking for input from stakeholders regarding whether an interisland transmission system connecting Oahu and Maui grids may be in the public interest. Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, says that the interisland grid tie is an important initial step toward the ultimate goal of utilizing geothermal energy from the Big Island, which would involve connecting Maui to the Big Island.
(12/27/13) The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s State Energy Office will be holding two free information workshops for energy-efficient equipment suppliers, distributors, and vendors. Topics will cover areas such as low interest financing, rebates, and energy performance contracting
(12/23/13) The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s State Energy Office commends the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Hu Honua 21.5 MW biomass power purchase agreement on Hawaii Island. “DBEDT commends the PUC for carrying out the state’s energy policy directives in pursuit of a diversified energy portfolio,” said DBEDT Director Richard C. Lim.” This decision reflects our policy of balancing technical, economic, environmental and cultural considerations for renewable energy projects, providing cost savings and creating green jobs in Hawaii County.”
(12/18/13) The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s State Energy Office is providing technical assistance and guidance for the Department of Transportation’s newly announced energy efficiency program. The state’s 12 airports will be modernized with the latest in energy efficient and green technology. “This project reflects our focus on high impact solutions to meet our efficiency and renewable energy portfolio targets,” said Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator.
(12/17/13) The head of the Hawaii Energy Office says that 2013 was a turning point in the energy transformation in the state, where a number a barriers were identified and clear strategies set for the next several years. “To go beyond our existing goals, there were a series of actions,” said State Energy Office Administrator Mark Glick. “We’re now taking on the harder issues and finding solutions.”
(12/06/13) The proposed Oahu-to-Maui power grid connection, which would involve an undersea cable linking both islands’ energy resources, could result in a savings of $423 million for ratepayers over a 30-year period. “[The grid tie] will help us increase renewable penetration,” said Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office.
(12/04/13) Mark Glick, Energy Administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office, talks with Howard Dicus about the Hawaii Refinery Task Force interim report assessing the impacts of potential refinery closures in Hawaii.
(11/22/13) The Hawaii State Energy Office took top honors for two of its innovative online programs at the 2013 Hawaii Technology Excellence Awards. The online tools are:
- Hawaii Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard
- Hawaii Renewable EnerGIS Energy Resource Mapping Application
(11/19/13) EV Stations Hawaii has been awarded the title of Best Energy Mobile Application of 2013 by the Web Marketing Association in its annual MobileWebAwards competition. The Hawaii State Energy Office partnered with the Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC and Honolulu Clean Cities to create and release EV Stations Hawaii to the Android and Apple App Stores earlier this year. The mobile application is designed to reduce range anxiety for electric vehicle (EV) drivers by providing EV charging station locations and mapping directions across all four Hawaii counties.
(11/15/13) The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has submitted its Interim Report to Governor Neil Abercrombie assessing the impacts of potential refinery closures on Hawaii’s energy system and analyzing options for assuring the state’s energy security.
(11/08/13) Pacific Business News “In My Opinion” article by Mark Glick, administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office – “Linking energy futures of Oahu, Maui is crucial”
(10/31/13) The GreenSun Hawaii loan program has reached the $2 million milestone of loans issued. The program provides residential, multi-family projects, nonprofits and businesses with affordable means of financing the installation of energy efficient and renewable energy systems. “GreenSun Hawaii is a model example of how innovative financing programs play a key role in transitioning Hawaii to a clean energy economy,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
(10/26/13) Honolulu ranks fifth for electric vehicle use. An electric vehicle charging company ranked Honolulu fifth highest on its list of the top 10 metropolitan areas for electric vehicles. California-based ChargePoint based the rankings on the number of EVs and ChargePoint stations in each metro areas on a per capita basis. The top five cities in order are San Francisco; Seattle; San Diego; Austin, Texas; and Honolulu.
(10/15/13) The State Energy Office participated in the Office of Planning’s “Green Industry Permitting Workshop.” The workshop provided industry professionals and Hawaii permitting agencies information on land use and environmental permitting requirements to assist green industry project proponents, including renewable energy and high technology projects, in the permit application process. Representatives from Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and the City and County of Honolulu presented on common issues to obtaining permits, and representatives from the Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Planning, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the Hawaii State Energy Office presented on efforts made by these agencies to support project permitting. Bob Hines of the State Energy Office briefed the conferees on several of the online interactive permitting tools and guidance materials that are publicly available on the State Energy Office website – Developer & Investor Center
(10/14/13) The State Energy Office commends a new fuel contract between Hawaiian Electric Company and Hawaii BioEnergy recently approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The agreement calls for Hawaiian Electric to purchase approximately 10 million gallons of locally produced biofuels annually from HBE over 20 years for the utility’s Kahe Power Plant in Kapolei. “The PUC’s approval of this agreement sets a clear path for achieving the state’s long-term economic and clean energy interests,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “This agreement will contribute to Hawaii’s green job growth, which is a key part of Hawaii’s economic transformation through the expanding clean energy sector.”
(9/18/13) The American Council on Renewable Energy’s 2013 Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region report says Hawaii has one of the most diverse renewable energy generation opportunities of any other state in the United States.
(9/16/13) Energy Administrator, Mark Glick, participated in the 2013 NASEO Annual Meeting & Getting to Zero National Forum in Denver, CO. Mr. Glick presented in the “State Energy Offices Transforming the Electricity Sector” session.
(9/11/13) Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, provided opening remarks for the “Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative 5-Years of Progress” panel at the 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo.
(9/09/13) For the first time in the state’s history, a comprehensive state energy policy has been developed. The new policy outlines the State of Hawaii’s commitment to make long-term investments in technology to enable an integrated system based on clean energy resources.
(9/09/13) The Hawaii State Energy Office is pleased to announce the release of its 2013 brochure The Future Is Bright – Advancing Hawaii’s clean energy industry (PDF).
(9/06/13) Hawaii ranks first in the nation for energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) investment per capita, a distinction acknowledged last month when the state accepted the Energy Services Coalition’s prestigious Race to the Top award for the second year in a row.
(8/28/13) Top 10 States for Clean Energy Job Announcements in Q2 2013: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Texas.
(8/21/13) Although clean energy investment was down in 2012, certain states are making considerable headway in installing renewable energy, according to a new index released by Ernst & Young. California continues to keep the top spot, with strong scores in solar and geothermal. Texas comes in third again, but a new state has jumped in between these two juggernauts: Hawaii.
(7/23/13) Environment America’s Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report ranks Hawaii 3rd in the nation per capita for solar installations. This makes Hawaii one of a dozen states that have led the nation in solar energy with supportive policies and a commitment to continued expansion.
(7/13/13) The state has launched a mobile app, EV Stations Hawaii, that helps drivers locate public charging stations. The app is free and available to Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices. The app is part of a collection of self-help tools the State Energy Office is creating to enhance the overall electric vehicle experience in the islands. “With 1,500 electric vehicles on the road and over 350 charging stations throughout the state, we felt it was imperative to have a Hawaii specific, locally managed electric vehicle application that drivers can rely on,” said Veronica Rocha, Renewable Energy Branch Chief, Hawaii State Energy Office.
(7/12/13) A new mobile app will help drivers locate electric vehicle charging stations around the state. The app, EV Stations Hawaii, provides drivers with EV charging station locations and mapping directions. Users can use the app to search for EV stations across Hawaii or EV stations closest to their current location. The free app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices.
(7/12/13) The state has launched the EV Stations Hawaii app for both Apple and Android smartphones. The app is free and with just a few clicks can pinpoint exactly where you are and locate the nearest charging station. Find the app at electricvehicle.hawaii.gov.
(7/12/13) Pacific Business News reports on Hawaii’s clean energy future. ‘We need to execute what’s on the table and not lose our focus,’ State Energy Office Administrator Mark Glick says of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
(7/12/13) The State of Hawaii has launched a new mobile application (app) designed to help drivers locate publically available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations statewide. The free “EV Stations Hawaii” app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices.
(7/10/13) Hawaiian Electric Companies offer new rates for public EV charging; the first-in-the-nation rates to ease ‘range anxiety’ with more public charge spots. The new Commercial Public Electric Vehicle Charging Facility Service rate will make it financially attractive for business customers to open new public EV charging facilities metered separately from other uses.
(6/27/13) Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 1087 establishing a green infrastructure financing program for Hawaii. The Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program is an innovative financing model that is designed to make clean energy improvements affordable and accessible to underserved community members. “GEMS promotes the democratization of clean energy,” said DBEDT Director Richard Lim, who was the legislation’s architect. “We are taking a proven rate-reduction bond structure and using it in an innovative way to provide low-cost financing to utility customers.”
|Gov. Abercrombie signs Senate Bill 1087 establishing a green financing program for Hawaii. With Gov. Abercrombie are DBEDT Director Richard Lim and PUC Chair Hermina Morita.|
(6/21/13) Pacific Business News “In My Opinion” commentary by Mark Glick, administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office on Hawaii’s participation in the third-annual Clinton Global Initiative America meeting – “Energy meeting reinforces need to work together.”
(6/18/13) The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has completed its Phase I report comprising of key issues associated with the closure of the Tesoro refinery, the current status of the transition process to convert the refinery to a “terminal” operation, and an overview of the Hawaii Fuel Market and impact of the transition.
(6/18/13) Thomas Weber, Tesoro Kapolei Vice President, updated members of the Hawaii Refinery Task Force on Par Petroleum’s agreement to purchase Tesoro Hawaii. The task force will continue to meet despite the sale. “We also want to look at what’s the conditions for long-range fuels infrastructure that really makes sense,” said Mark Glick, State Energy Office Administrator.
(6/13/13) The State of Hawaii is presenting a bold energy efficiency plan at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting in Chicago. Hosted by President Bill Clinton, the annual event focuses on identifying solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Hawaii State Energy Administrator, Mark Glick, is attending the meeting as part of the CGI America Renewable and Distributed Energy Working Group.
Mark Glick’s article “Energy meeting reinforces need to work together” in Pacific Business News (6/21/13)
News release (6/13/13)
Pacific Business News article (6/12/13)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser article (6/13/13)
(5/09/13) Join the Hawaii State Office for a FREE informational workshop on Funding For Energy Efficiency Improvements.
- Low interest financing
- How Energy Performance Contracting can guarantee savings
- How energy rebates and incentives can lower the cost of your energy efficiency projects
- Off-balance sheet financing
(5/08/13) Hawaii News Now Howard Dicus talks with Dean Masai of the State Energy Office on the Build and Buy Green Conference happening on May 10 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The conference will offer educational sessions on the latest greening approaches with national expert keynote speakers.
News video clip
(4/26/13) Hawaii Green Business Awards shine spotlight on energy efficient businesses and government agencies. Gov. Neil Abercrombie presented 14 honorees including four hotels, two restaurants and a fire station with the state’s energy efficiency award.
2013 Hawaii Green Business Awardee Accomplishments
(4/09/13) The State of Hawaii has announced the opportunity for investment grade energy audits for Hawaii agricultural producers and rural small businesses interested in energy efficient practices. Through a $100,000 federal grant via the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program, the energy audit initiative will provide approved farms, agricultural producers and other rural small businesses with an investment grade audit that will examine current energy usage, recommend actions and investments to reduce energy usage, and show associated energy savings and financial returns.
More information on energy audits
(4/04/13) Traci Kim Ho of the Hawaii State Energy Office is a guest panelist on Insights on PBS Hawaii. Host Dan Boylan moderates the discussion on green energy financing, a legislative proposal to fund the state’s clean energy infrastructure. Other guest panelists include Senator Mike Gabbard, Senate Committee Chair on Energy and Environment; Robert Harris of the Sierra Club; and Jessica Feingold of the Environmental Defense Fund.
(3/14/13) The city’s new renewable energy program will include more rooftop solar panels on city buildings and wind farms on rural lands owned by the city. State officials are encouraged by the city’s commitment. “The city and county are looking very hard at what they can do and I think they’re moving in the right direction,” said Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator.
Hawaii News Now video clip
(3/14/13) Hawaii is the seventh-best state in the nation for solar energy, according to the 2012 annual report released on Thursday by the solar industry trade group Solar Energy Industries Association. Hawaii, which is ahead of states such as Texas, Colorado and Maryland, installed 108.7 megawatts of solar in 2012, enough to power up 37,000 homes. Hawaii moved up four spots from 2011’s ranking.
Pacific Business News article
U.S. Solar Market Insight 2012 Year in Review report, Solar Energy Industries Association
(2/15/13) Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, honored the Super Green Champions as the winner of the Capital 10 Energy Challenge. Of the honorees was Jon Chin of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s State Energy Office.
(1/31/13) The Hawaii Energy Office announces the completion of the state’s successful electric vehicle (EV) rebate and grant program with a 700% increase in EVs on island roads.
(1/24/13) Pacific Business News reports on the Hawaii State Energy Office’s Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders list of renewable energy projects.
Pacific Business News article
Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders
(1/23/13) Governor Abercrombie proposes a clean energy loan program that could make solar systems more affordable. The program would allow customers to borrow for photovoltaic systems and then pay back the loan as part of their monthly bill. “We think it works well and in time it can play a bigger and bigger role,” says Mark Glick, administrator of the state energy office.
KITV news video clip
(1/19/13) There is public support to use revenue from the state’s tax on oil imports to promote food security and energy projects. “A clean energy agenda is strongly supported by the public,” says Mark Glick, administrators of the state’s Energy Office.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser news article
(1/18/13) The updated “Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders” list is now available. This list contains 40 renewable energy projects that are demonstrating progress toward becoming commercial enterprises that in turn will assist the State of Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals. The Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders list is part of a new interactive web application – Hawaii Renewable Energy Projects Directory, on the State Energy Office’s website. Users can search for renewable energy projects in Hawaii categorized by Project Type. Users can search for “Planning” projects or “Active/Ongoing” projects, then further refine their search by resource, by island or by project name.
(12/21/12) Renewable EnerGIS is a new online mapping tool that helps landowners, developers, residents and policy makers assess renewable energy potential of sites statewide. The interactive tool, launched by the State Energy Office, is user-friendly and does not require special skills, software or experience.
(12/21/12) “We have been fortunate to have other sources of funding, and now by retargeting the funding mechanism we are able to get on strong footing to carry out our mission and to meet our statutory requirements” – Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator, State Energy Office, on the plan to the state Legislature that would double what it currently receives from barrel tax.
Pacific Business News article
(11/23/12) “Pursuit of renewable energy helps power state economy” by Mark Glick, In My Opinion, Pacific Business News
In My Opinion column
(11/13/12) With the price of gasoline on the rise, more motorists are looking to buy hybrid or electric cars. And there are locations where motorists can charge their EV for free. Volta Industries installs charging stations that are free to use – free because they are paid for by advertising. For commercial properties, Margaret Larson of the State Energy Office, said a guidebook has been published to assist commercial properties with the installation of charging stations.
KHON news video clip
(11/09/12) The Department of Taxation issued new temporary administrative rules on the Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit. The temporary administrative rules apply to renewable energy technology systems installed and placed into service on or after January 1, 2013.
Dept. of Taxation Temporary Administrative Rules
Dept. of Taxation website
(10/31/12) Hawaii’s first State-owned and operated building has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level certification in the category of operations and maintenance of existing buildings.
KHON news video clip
KITV news video clip
(10/10/12) The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s State Energy Office took home a top award on behalf of the State of Hawaii in the 2012 “Race to the Top” energy savings per capita competition, recently presented by Energy Services Coalition (ESC) in Nashville, TN.
(10/03/12) The updated “Hawaii’s Clean Energy Leaders” list is now available. This list contains 40 renewable energy projects that are demonstrating progress toward becoming commercial enterprises that in turn will assist the State of Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals.
(10/03/12) State Energy Office Unveils New Guidebook For Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations. The new guidebook is designed to be a resource for commercial properties interested in installing an EV charging station. Called “Hawaii EV Ready Guidebook for Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations,” the free guide is available online at the State Energy Office’s website (electricvehicle.hawaii.gov) and on Plug In America’s website (www.pluginamerica.org/hawaii_ev_ready_guidebook).
Electric Vehicles in Hawaii Resources page
(8/24/12) 2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo Highlights Success of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Programs. Showcasing the State of Hawai’i’s abilities as a model for innovative clean energy test beds, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) State Energy Office successfully wrapped up its 2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE) last week in Waikiki.
(8/22/12) “Powering Up: A Special Report on Energy in Hawaii,” showcases Hawaii’s leadership in clean energy research, development and deployment. This report aims to educate the public on the range of energy projects proposed and underway and also offers compelling data that illustrates Hawaii’s success in the clean energy sector.
2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo
Building a Clean Energy Economy
August 13-15, 2012
Hawaii Convention Center
The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of our planet are two reasons why it is critical to reaffirm already established partnerships and build new ones throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo provides a forum for the high-level global networking necessary to advance this emerging clean energy culture.
For more information and to register, go to 2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo
(8/16/12) Many island communities like Hawaii face significant energy challenges, with high levels of imported oil, skyrocketing electricity rates and limited land and funds to develop clean technologies. Mark Glick, of the Hawaii State Energy Office, states Hawaii is on track to meet its clean energy goals and various entities and political jurisdictions have replicated Hawaii programs. The Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit wrapped up this week, with many island communities looking to Hawaii for guidance. Nikki Motson of Hawaii Public Radio reports from the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo.
HPR audio clip
(8/13/12) The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit aims to expand the state’s renewable energy production while boosting local businesses’ bottom lines. Mark Glick, of the State Energy Office, talks about the networking opportunities for investors and island businesses.
KITV news video clip
(8/13/12) China-Hawaii Clean Energy Collaboration to Set Framework for Energy Investment. The program will refer interested Chinese clean energy investors and developers to the Hawaii State Energy Office to facilitate the matchmaking process with clean energy project partners in Hawaii in need of capital or development partners.
(8/06/12) State Energy Office Offers Technical Assistance Evaluations For Existing Buildings. This program will provide eligible building owners and facility managers with the technical assistance needed for evaluating their existing buildings using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EB: O&M) scorecard.
(8/01/12) Mark Glick, Energy Program Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office, speaks at the 20th Annual Conservation Conference. Mr. Glick serves as a panel member for the “Clean Energy as an Economic Development Strategy” forum.
Mark Glick’s presentation
(7/30/12) Hawaii to Host 4th annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, August 13-15. International summit to focus on test beds in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.
(7/15/12) ABC News reports on Hawaii’s addiction to oil and steps the state is taking to move toward a clean energy future. Ryan Hurley, Wind Specialist with the Hawaii State Energy Office, explains Hawaii’s goal of 70% clean energy by 2030.
ABC News video clip
(7/11/12) Aloha Petroleum Unveils First Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers at Hawaii Gas Stations. AeroVironment and Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. unveils Electric Vehicle (EV) DC fast chargers at three locations across the island.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser article
4th Annual Hawaii Clean Energy Day
Friday, July 6, 2012
Laniakea YWCA, 1040 Richards Street
This year’s 4th Annual Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day features an exciting program focusing on a reality check of our clean energy technologies, with the theme of: “CLEAN ENERGY REALITY CHECK: GAME CHANGERS OR LONG SHOTS?” Mark Glick, Energy Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office, will give an update on the state energy report and Maria Tome, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology, Hawaii State Energy Office and James Spaeth, U.S. Department of Energy, will participate in the technical session with such topics as undersea cable, biofuels, and wind/geothermal.
(6/27/12) Governor Signs Energy Bills Related to Undersea Cable. Governor Abercrombie signs a bill that lays the groundwork for an undersea cable. The PUC will oversee the major undertaking of linking the power system of most of the Hawaiian Islands.
KFVE news video clip
(6/27/12) Undersea Cable – Regulatory Framework Created. An undersea electric cable connecting the islands is another step closer. Governor Abercrombie signed a bill that will make it easier for companies to bid on the project.
KITV news video clip
(6/27/12) Energy and Economic Development Measures Become Law. Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law bills that are aimed to move Hawai’i forward in reducing its dependence on imported oil.
Photos of bill signing ceremonies
(6/17/12) The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports booming solar energy demand is powering Hawaii’s job growth in the ailing construction sector.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser article
(6/06/12) The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority receives a $3 million federal grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to help expand its alternative energy and biotechnology incubator.
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(6/04/12) Island of Hawaii will receive more than $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for distributed energy systems at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
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(June/July 2012) “Hawaii’s Emerging Clean-Tech Sector” by Mark Glick, Global Trade magazine
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(April 2012) New! The DBEDT Energy Update serves Hawaii’s businesses and policy makers in making informed decisions about future investments, job creation, and policy decisions.
Click for DBEDT Energy Update, Edition 3 – “Hawaii’s Emerging Electric Vehicle Market”
(4/23/12) Lt. Governor Brian Schatz gives an update on his trip to Japan and South Korea to secure and expand Hawaii’s clean energy initiatives. Building upon the strategic alliances with Japan and Korea, Lt. Governor Schatz met with industrial leaders to discuss existing clean energy partnerships and projects.
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(4/19/12) Mark Glick, Energy Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office, will be a guest on Insights on PBS Hawaii. The show topic – “Alternative Energy: Living Off the Grid” will address Hawaii’s alternative energy options. Other guests include: Mark Duda, Government Affairs Committee Chair, Hawaii PV Coalition; Jeffrey Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation; and Sarah Preble, homeowner of a residence that is considered a model for renewable energy use. Dan Boylan will moderate the discussion.
Watch online. Click for Insights on PBS Hawaii Click on the link, “Insights Archive,” then “Alternative Energy: Living Off the Grid”
(4/11-12/12) Biofuels and Biomass Training Program hosted by the State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
View presentations at Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative under “Events”
(3/30/12) Businesses, State, and the Maui County Earn Hawaii Green Business Awards.
A hotel that uses seawater for its cooling system, a theme restaurant that uses recycled construction materials in its flooring and a Big Island brewery that gets nearly half of its electricity from solar panels are among 15 companies and government agencies recognized by Governor Neil Abercrombie at the annual “Hawai‘i Green Business Awards” ceremony.
(3/29/12) State Electric Vehicle Program Hits Milestone
The state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism has announced the installation of more than 200 new electric vehicle charging stations at over 80 locations statewide, placing Hawai’i in the national forefront for the deployment of public charging stations.
(3/28/12) Bytemarks Cafe features an episode on Smart Grid. Mark Glick from the Dept. of Business Economic Development and Tourism and Jay Griffin from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute discuss major Smart Grid pilot programs happening in the State including the Maui Smart Grid Project.
(3/23/12) “Hawaii is becoming ideal market for electric cars” by Mark Glick, In My Opinion, Pacific Business News
Pacific Business News article
(3/16/12) New! The DBEDT Energy Update serves Hawaii’s businesses and policy makers in making informed decisions about future investments, job creation, and policy decision.
DBEDT Energy Update, Edition 2 – “Hawaii’s Green Economy”
(03/13/12) State Reinvests In Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. With the increase in demand for electrical vehicles, the state of Hawai’i is re-charging its highly successful EV Ready Rebate Program with an additional $350,000 for rebates on new electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and chargers.
(2/20/12) New! The DBEDT Energy Update serves Hawaii’s businesses and policy makers in making informed decisions about future investments, job creation, and policy decisions.
DBEDT Energy UPDATE, Edition 1 – “Renewable Energy”
(2/14/12) Investment in Energy Efficiency Pays Off for Castle Medical Center. Governor Neil Abercrombie joined public and private sector energy leaders today as Hawaii Energy — the energy efficiency and conservation program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties — presented Castle Medical Center with a check for $647,637.
(2/03/12) Governor Abercrombie Secures Agreement with Republic of Korea for Smart Grid Development. Government officials and private sector leaders today joined Governor Neil Abercrombie and Choi Kyu-Chong, Director of the Electricity Market and Smart Grid Division at the Republic of Korea Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), at the Hawai’i State Capitol as the two leaders signed a letter of intent to pursue mutual interests in smart grid development in the Hawaiian Islands.
KHON news video clip
(2/03/12) “More jobs will sprout as ‘green’ energy grows. Solar energy leads the pack as industry attracts global investors” by Mark Glick, In My Opinion, Pacific Business News
Pacific Business News article
(1/30/12) State Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. State of Hawaii adds $150,000 to EV Ready Rebate Program, pushes deadline to March 31, 2012.
(January 2012) State Energy Administrator, Mark Glick, talks about the importance of energy independence in Hawaii Business’ “Business Energy Guide 2012.”
Business Energy Guide 2012
(12/29/11) Hawaii is ranked No. 1 in the United States for investment in energy savings performance contracting for public buildings per capita, according to a ranking published by the Energy Services Coalition.
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(12/27/11) State Energy Administrator, Mark Glick, updates Howard Dicus on Hawaii’s energy outlook for 2012 including solar, biofuels, wind and geothermal.
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(12/15/11) Mark Glick, State Energy Office Administrator, talks about renewable energy financing and Hawaii’s economic transformation to a clean energy economy on “Made in Hawaii” Part 2: Advances in Hawaii Energy Technology. This final installment of the Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy series showcases recent advances in energy technologies that are paving the way for alternatives to oil.
(12/12/11) Hawaii first in nation to receive Mitsubishi’s first all-electric vehichle made for North American consumers
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), and Cutter Mitsubishi of Aiea hosted a ceremony today at the State Capitol whereby government and private sector leaders gathered as Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu took delivery of Mitsubishi Motor’s first 100 percent electric vehicle . . .
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(12/09/11) People Who Make Hawaii Work: Mark Glick
Mark Glick is the new administrator of the State Energy Office, part of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Before joining DBEDT, Glick, 53, headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
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(12/02/11) Mark Glick – The state’s energy administrator must balance public and private interests to move Hawaii toward a 70 percent-clean-energy future
Mark Glick moved to Hawaii from Texas in 2000 in search of a “higher quality of life.” Now, as administrator of the State Energy Office — part of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism — he’s trying to help the entire state achieve a higher quality of life by implementing policies aimed at Hawaii achieving 70 percent reliance on clean energy by 2030.
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(12/02/11) GreenCar Hawaii Launches Green Car-Sharing at the Doubletree
In March, GreenCar Hawaii was one of six companies selected from 19 applicants to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) EV Ready Grant Program, . . .
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(11/25/11) “State’s green-energy industry gets its own Top 40 project list”
Pacific Business News reports the State Energy Office has identified 40 renewable energy projects that can have a big impact on Hawaii’s renewable-energy future.
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(11/22/11) State Tests Clean Energy Grid In Maui
Smart meters are coming to Maui. The state of Hawaii has teamed up with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization to begin the smart grid project.
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(11/22/11) “Smart Grid” project could provide alternative energy system
Hawaii has several demonstration projects in the works — one big one on Maui and now another significant one on the way for the valley isle — this time a $37 million investment by the “new Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization — a branch of Japan’s ministry of economy, trade and industry.
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(11/22/11) Smart Grid Deal Signed with Japan
Governor Neil Abercrombie signs a plan to build a smart grid system on Maui.
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(11/22/11) On November 22, 2011, State government and energy officials joined Governor Neil Abercrombie and Japan-based New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) President Hideo Hato at the State Capitol today as the two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding to memorialize ongoing efforts between the State of Hawaii and NEDO.
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(11/13/11) CCTV’s Shui Jun Yi, host and producer of Global Watch, interviews State Energy Administrator Mark Glick on Hawaii’s clean energy goals and China’s efforts toward clean energy. Click for CCTV interview
(11/13/11) On November 13, 2011, business leaders from Hawaii and China made clean energy a top priority at the Hawaii-China CEO Forum held at the State Capitol. Keynote speakers included Governor Neil Abercrombie, House Speaker Calvin Say, Senator Kalani English, DBEDT Director Richard Lim, CCPIT Deputy Director General Han Meiqing, Dr. George Ka`iliwai of U.S. Pacific Command, and Wang Donghai, Chairman, Bestsun Energy Group. Click for news release
(11/12/11) Commitment to national and state energy goals shared at roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, and Governor Neil Abercrombie. On November 12, 2011, about two dozen government and private leaders working on achieving Hawaii’s clean energy goals participated in the roundtable discussion. Subjects ranged from operationalizing of renewable energy, to continued smart grid advancements, biofuel development, and the necessity of an inter-island cable. Participants included DBEDT Director Richard Lim and State Energy Office Administrator, Mark Glick.
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(11/11/11) “Clean-energy goals become catalyst for growth. Hawaii takes center stage as lead player in global energy economy” by Mark Glick, Pacific Business News
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(11/10/11) The Asia-Pacific Business Symposium held a two-day series of workshops, November 9-10, held in conjunction with APEC 2011 Leaders’ Week. The event was sponsored by the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), the East-West Center (EWC) and supported by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). DBEDT Director, Richard Lim, was part of a speaker panel for “Economic Development Through Energy Independence” session. Click for session information and presentations.
(11/01/11) Mark Glick, the new Energy Administrator in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s State Energy Office, talks with Howard Dicus on the state’s mission to reduce its dependence on oil by facilitating both short- and long-term energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and creating a clean energy economy.
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(10/26/11) A new loan program, GreenSun Hawaii, helps property owners obtain clean energy systems with new financing opportunities. Nikki Motson of Hawaii Public Radio reports from the Greensun Hawaii news conference. Click for audio file.
(10/26/11) Energy saving equipment is more affordable with lower cost loans. The GreenSun Hawaii program, funded by more than $2.6 million in federal stimulus funds, will help families and businesses reach Hawaii’s goal of 70% clean energy by 2030. Click for KITV news report.
(10/26/11) Being green is now going to be easier to afford. DBEDT and the Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation launched the GreenSun Hawaii Loan Program.
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(10/26/11) The State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism and Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation announced the launch of GreenSun Hawaii, an innovative energy financing credit enhancement program.
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(11/09/11) DBEDT Director, Richard Lim, will be part of a speaker panel at the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium on November 10. Session topic will be “Economic Development Through Energy Independence.” Also speaking will be Maria Tome, Renewable Energy Branch Manager on “Biofuels: Growth Sector with Diverse Sources, Benefits and Impacts” on November 9.
MARK GLICK APPOINTED ENERGY ADMINISTRATOR OF DBEDT’s STATE ENERGY OFFICE, October 17, 2011
Mark Want of the Hawaii State Energy Office talks about emergency preparedness and back-up power generation on Hawaii Public Radio’s Infrastructure Series: Energy Across the Islands. HPR audio clip
(10/10/11) Hawaii State Energy Office sponsors the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kukui Cup Challenge. See the U.H. Manoa Kukui Cup Challenge news release.
(10/07/11) Christian Whitney of the Hawaii State Energy Office was a guest on the Fontaine Factor with Rep. George Fontaine. Topic: Maui Smart Grid projects. You Tube, 10/7/11, Christian Whitney on Maui Smart Grid
(9/19/11) Energy savings programs are available in Hawaii that can save money for businesses and individuals. Mark Glick of the Hawaii State Energy Office talks about GreenSun Hawaii, a soon-to-be launched innovative financing program offering lower interest rates for energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. HPR, 9/19/11, Mark Glick interview on GreenSun Hawaii
(9/13/11) The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo kicked off with the state awarding more than $7 million dollars in grants. The biggest chunk of change will be used to battle the biggest problem with photovoltaic panels or PV’s. It’s the 15-percent rule. Estrella Seese of DBEDT says, “Why 15 percent? What’s the basis of that? The 15 percent is adopted by the utilities saying it’s a standard use by mainland utilities but does it apply here?” View KGMB, 9/13/2011, news video clip
Moving Toward a Clean and Secure Energy Future
Hawaii is one of the world’s leading incubators for clean technology development through strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations, U.S. military energy programs and the Hawaiian Electric Industries multiple renewable and microgrid pilot programs.
Join us at the APCESE as we demonstrate the world’s future of clean energy generation and smart grid infrastructure in Hawaii today!