News Releases

ENERGY OFFICE SCHEDULES COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON UTILITY MODEL STUDYPosted on October 5, 2017
For Immediate Release: October 5, 2017 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) will host a series of community meetings across the state next week to solicit community input for a study being done on future models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii. HSEO, a division of the State Department of Business, Economic […]
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Drive Electric Hawaii Coalition Launches Online EV Resource HubPosted on September 7, 2017
For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017 Contacts: Noreen Reimel Ulupono Initiative nreimel@ulupono.com (808) 544-8979 Melissa Miyashiro Blue Planet Foundation melissa@blueplanetfoundation.org (808) 499-5713 HONOLULU — To gear up for National Drive Electric Week (September 9-17, 2017) and celebrate electric vehicle adoption across the country, the Drive Electric Hawaii coalition has unveiled a website aimed at encouraging drivers to […]
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HAWAII GARNERS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR INVESTMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCYPosted on August 21, 2017
For Immediate Release: August 21, 2017 HONOLULU — A national network of energy efficiency experts recently honored Hawaii with its “Race to the Top Award” for the pioneering work being done by state and county agencies to boost investment in energy efficiency projects that are helping the state meet its clean energy goals. The nonprofit […]
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NEW ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED TO DBEDT’S STATE ENERGY OFFICEPosted on July 21, 2017NEW ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED TO DBEDT’S STATE ENERGY OFFICE post thumbnail
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2017 HONOLULU—Carilyn Shon has been appointed administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), effective July 31. In her new role, Shon will manage, develop, oversee and implement statewide energy programs, policies, and initiatives that support Hawaii’s clean energy transformation. She has extensive experience in the energy field, most recently […]
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HAWAII JOINS SELECT GROUP OF STATES TO REACH ENERGY EFFICIENCY MILESTONEPosted on July 11, 2017
For Immediate Release: July 11, 2017 HONOLULU —Hawaii has surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark for investment in energy performance contracting (EPC), an innovative financing tool that allows government agencies to achieve significant savings from the installation of energy, water and operational efficiency projects without having to pay capital expenses up front. With $504.3 million in signed […]
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HAWAII BUSINESSES AND EVENTS RECOGNIZED FOR GREEN PRACTICESPosted on May 17, 2017
For immediate release: May 17, 2017 HONOLULU — A hotel that diverts up to 30 percent of its waste from the landfill and saves more than 10 million gallons of water annually is among the recipients of this year’s Hawaii Green Business Program awards. A total of 13 businesses and eight events were recognized today […]
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USDOE RECOGNIZES STATE OF HAWAII FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY MILESTONEPosted on May 10, 2017
For immediate release: May 10, 2017 HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii signed $345.9 million in performance contracts for energy efficiency improvements for state and county facilities, exceeding a commitment made to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). In 2013 the state committed to the USDOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, Performance Contracting Accelerator Program, with a […]
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DBEDT ISSUES FINAL CALL FOR CLEAN ENERGY EVENT SPONSORSHIPSPosted on January 25, 2017
For immediate release: January 25, 2017 HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is announcing the last call to apply for up to $10,000 in fiscal year 2017 sponsorship funding for events which assist in the efforts to raise awareness and garner support of Hawaii’s clean […]
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DBEDT ACCEPTING FORMS FOR RENEWABLE FUELS TAX CREDITPosted on January 11, 2017
For Immediate Release: Jan. 11, 2017 HONOLULU —  The  Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is now accepting notifications from renewable fuels producers planning to pursue Hawaii’s new renewable fuels tax credit. Taxpayers wishing to claim the credit are required, among other things, to provide written notification to DBEDT of their intent to […]
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STATE’S CLEAN ENERGY PROGRESS OUTLINED IN DBEDT REPORTPosted on December 27, 2016
For Immediate Release: Dec. 27, 2016 HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) has released its 2016 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report, which highlights the policies and activities that have advanced the state approximately a quarter of the way toward its target of achieving 100 percent […]
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