Hawaii is the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation and importing oil to meet the demand is not sustainable. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), a federal-state-private partnership, is charting a new course toward energy independence. Learn more at Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
To ensure that the solutions developed through the HCEI endured, and that the initiative would eventually transition to one that was owned wholly by the people of Hawaii, working groups composed of government, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, and business leaders from Hawaii were formed to collaborate with DOE in analyzing various strategies for the state to employ. The working groups were structured to be managed via a collaborative effort between the state of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and DOE.
The first of the major outputs from the working group process was a request from the stakeholders for Booz Allen Hamilton to develop a high-level analysis of how 70% could be achieved—work that eventually became known as the scenario or “wedge” analysis. Although the wedge analysis is the basis upon which much of the additional follow-on work was conducted, it was only the first of many different studies undertaken on behalf of the working groups.
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