Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

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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 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, university, and business leaders from Hawaii were formed to collaborate with U.S. Department of Energy (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 and DOE.

HCEI chart of 70% clean energy

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.
Click for report and report summary below.

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Scenario Analysis
Quantitative Estimates Used to Facilitate Working Group Discussions (2008-2010) (PDF)

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Scenario Analysis Summary (PDF)

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What’s New

Save the Date!

The Transportation Sector Stakeholder Workshop will be held on:
Thursday, November 13, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location TBA.

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Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy reaffirm commitment to clean energy initiative

On September 15, 2014, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reaffirming their commitment to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership to increase energy efficiencies and maximize the use of Hawaii’s abundant renewable energy resources.

News release (PDF)

Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)


HCEI Meetings/Presentations

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, September 15, 2014
HCEI: Clean Energy Roadwork Ahead—Where Hawaii Needs to Go to Meet Its Goals Presentation

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, September 17, 2014
HCEI 2.0—Public Stakeholder Meeting Presentation