The Lead By Example (LBE) initiative began in 2006 in response to legislative and executive mandates to make government buildings, fleets, and personnel practices leaders in energy efficiency and conservation. These efforts acknowledge the high cost of electricity in Hawaii; the energy security benefits of implementing alternative fuel use; and the many opportunities for increasing energy efficiency in new and existing state offices, facilities and schools. The legislation also required incorporating environmentally preferable purchasing into state operations. Fully implemented, the LBE initiative represents an important step in achieving long-term economic and environmental benefits for the state.
In 2010, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy nationally announced our LBE Program as part of their 18 State-Led Energy Efficiency Programs Recognized As Best In U.S. and that Hawaii was one of four states in the Five Top Energy-Efficiency Award Winning Programs. The State’s LBE Program also was recognized by the Energy Services Coalition, a national organization supporting performance contracting, for our work on performance contracting.
An agreement between a building owner (or facilities manager) and a private energy services company (ESCO) that uses future energy and water savings to pay for and maintain energy efficiency improvements. The State of Hawaii is ranked #1 in the nation by the Energy Services Coalition in ESPC investment per capita as a result of state agency performance contracts with investment of over $138 million and estimated savings of over $278 million over the life of the contracts.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
A green building certification system established by the US Green Building Council, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in the areas of energy, water, CO2 emissions, indoor environmental quality, and resource consumption. There are currently seven (7) LEED certified state buildings, with another 52 in various stages of development toward the goal of certification.
Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
A legal contract between an electricity generator (provider) and a power purchaser (buyer) to reduce energy costs.
Energy Star Benchmarking/Building Certification
Agencies can benchmark buildings to compare energy usage with other buildings in their portfolio or similar buildings nationally to identify investment priorities. If a building’s Energy Star score ranks in the top 25% of all buildings of its type, it can be certified as an Energy Star building. Currently, there are 15 Energy Star rated state buildings, with an additional 167 in the process of being benchmarked with the goal of certification.
Resource Efficiency Program
This program provides an opportunity for government agencies to participate in working toward smart energy and resource efficient operations while benefitting from lower operational and utility costs.