The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of Hawai‘i have established a long‐term partnership to transform the way in which renewable energy and energy efficiency resources are planned and used in the state. In 2010, DOE announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA) with the State as a joint lead for wind energy development under the Hawai‘i Interisland Renewable Energy Program. In response to public comments, as well as regulatory and policy developments, DOE has broadened the scope of the analysis to now include energy efficiency, distributed renewables, utility‐scale renewables, alternative transportation fuels and modes, and electrical transmission and distribution.

The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) analyzes, at a programmatic level, the potential environmental impacts of clean energy activities and technologies in the following clean energy categories: (1) Energy Efficiency, (2) Distributed Renewables, (3) Utility-Scale Renewables, (4) Alternative Transportation Fuels and Modes, and (5) Electrical Transmission and Distribution.


The U.S. Department of Energy held eight public scoping meetings from September 11 to September 20, 2012. The public scoping meetings provided opportunities to view exhibits on the PEIS and clean energy, ask questions, and submit comments orally or in writing.

Scoping Meetings Transcripts

DOE prepared a scoping comment summary document that summarizes the comments received during the scoping period.


The U.S. Department of Energy held eight public hearings from May 12 to May 22, 2014. Each hearing began at 5:00 p.m. with an open house until about 5:45 p.m., during which federal and state personnel and their contractors were available to answer questions in an informal setting. At the appropriate time, DOE representative Dr. Jane Summerson gave an overview of PEIS, the National Environmental Policy Act process, and the methods that could be used to submit comments. After her presentation, interested parties spoke in turn to give comments on the Draft PEIS. A court reporter transcribed the comments presented at each hearing.

Public Hearings Transcripts