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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENN REGARDING THE VETO OF HB1846Posted on September 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2020 “While the Hawaii State Energy Office is a staunch supporter of energy efficiency as a means of achieving Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals, the language in HB1846 unfortunately could be challenged in court, potentially costing the state further time and money and detracting from achieving our clean energy goals. Vetoing […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENNPosted on August 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 4, 2020 Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn issued the following statement following Hawaiian Electric’s announcement that its fleet of about 925 vehicles will be plug-in electric by 2035. “We commend Hawaiian Electric for leading by example as it moves to convert its fleet to all plug-in electric vehicles. Hawaii has a […]
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HSEO GRANT WILL SUPPORT HAWAII’S CLEAN ENERGY GOALS, ECONOMIC RECOVERYPosted on July 23, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2020 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Energy Office was awarded a $425,070 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) to pursue several strategic projects that advance Hawaii’s clean economy goals and support the state’s economic recovery, including job training for energy sector workers and an upgrade of web-based tools […]
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HAWAII JOINS WITH OTHER STATES IN COMMITMENT TO ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLESPosted on July 14, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2020 HONOLULU — Hawaii joined a group of 15 states and the District of Columbia to announce a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), pledging to expand the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul […]
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HSEO Launches Web Page to Share Information on New Round of Renewable ProjectsPosted on May 15, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2020 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) launched a web page today to provide information, as it becomes publicly available, on the 13 solar-plus-storage and  three standalone storage projects announced by the Hawaiian Electric Companies as part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever undertaken in Hawaii. The […]
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STATE SENATE CONFIRMS SCOTT GLENN AS HAWAII’S FIRST CHIEF ENERGY OFFICERPosted on March 3, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2020 HONOLULU — The State Senate last Thursday confirmed Scott J. Glenn to serve as Hawaii’s first chief energy officer. Glenn, who was appointed to the position by Gov. David Ige last fall, will lead the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) in its mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, […]
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STATE UNVEILS NEW ONLINE TOOL TO ASSESS POTENTIAL OF CONTAMINATED SITES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENTPosted on November 21, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019 HONOLULU — The State of Hawaii has launched a new online mapping tool as part of its Hawaii Brightfields Initiative that will make it easier for land owners, developers, community members, and policymakers to assess the renewable energy potential of contaminated sites and other previously developed parcels statewide in […]
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HAWAII ONE OF FOUR STATES SELECTED FOR ENERGY SECURITY EXERCISEPosted on October 29, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2019 HONOLULU — Hawaii was one of four states selected by the National Governors Association to participate in a state-focused technical assistance project to enhance their experiences in the GridEx V energy security exercise. GridEx is a remote, biennial exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENNPosted on October 24, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 24, 2019 Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s affirmation that he plans to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement less than two weeks before his administration can formally start the process: “Hawaii is extremely disappointed with the failure […]
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HAWAIʻI EARNS ENERGY EFFICIENCY RECOGNITION FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEARPosted on September 25, 2019
For Immediate Release: Sept. 25, 2019 HONOLULU — The nonprofit Energy Services Coalition (ESC) recognized Hawai‘i for the eighth consecutive year as the nation’s cumulative per capita leader for investment in state and county energy efficiency projects, which are helping Hawai‘i meet its clean energy goals. Hawai‘i received the ESC’s 2019 “Race to the Top” […]
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