Who We Are
Hawaii State Energy Office: Leading the Way to Energy Independence
With the state’s goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045, the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is leading the state’s charge toward clean energy independence. HSEO is committed to developing and deploying high impact solutions that will maximize Hawaii’s renewable energy resources and improve efficiency and transportation standards. Through effective policies and innovative programs, HSEO has positioned Hawaii as a leader in clean energy innovation, which will generate quality jobs, attract investment opportunities and accelerate economic growth.
Our Clean Energy Vision and Mission
The Hawaii State Energy Office’s (HSEO) mission is to maximize Hawaii’s energy self-sufficiency and security by developing and utilizing local energy resources in a balanced way. In doing so, HSEO will guide our state toward the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative goals to achieve 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045, reduce electricity consumption by 4,300 gigawatt-hours by 2030, and reduce petroleum use in transportation. To this end, HSEO works toward the deployment of clean energy infrastructure and serves as a catalyst for energy innovation and test bed investments. By achieving these goals, HSEO will grow the clean energy sector and transform Hawaii’s economy.
HSEO is committed to maximizing the deployment of cost effective investments in clean energy production and management for the purpose of growing the economy while promoting Hawaii’s energy security. To do this, HSEO has established a five-point policy directive, rooted in its vision for a clean energy economy.
- Diversify our energy portfolio
- Connecting and modernizing our grids
- Balancing technical, economic, environmental and cultural considerations
- Leverage our position as an innovation test bed
- Promoting an efficient marketplace that benefits producers and consumers
Scott Glenn is the Chief Energy Officer of the Hawaii State Energy Office, a post he was appointed to on October 16, 2019 by Gov. David Ige. As the CEO, Scott develops, manages, and implements statewide programs for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.
Scott has served as director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) since 2015 where he led the modernization of the state environmental review process by developing new administrative rules and updating best practices. As the OEQC Director, Scott advised the Governor on environmental quality. He was tasked with public education and outreach, conducting research, submitting and providing testimony on legislative initiatives, recommending programs, and providing advice and assistance regarding Hawaii’s environmental review process. Scott also sat as an ex officio voting member on the Environmental Council, the Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals, and the Emergency Response Commission.
In addition, Scott was the co-chair of the Sustainable Hawaii Initiative, and liaison to the U.S. Climate Alliance – a coalition of U.S. governors committed to the Paris Agreement. In these roles, he worked with state, county, and federal agencies, as well as communities across the state, and stakeholders nationally and internationally to coordinate state policy development on energy, climate change, and key sustainability initiatives.
Scott received his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii in 2009. Scott specializes in asset management, environmental planning and compliance, environmental review, and climate change adaptation planning.
Meet the leadership of the Hawaii State Energy Office
The Hawaii State Energy Office is pleased to share its brochure, State of Hawaii Strategic Energy Plan (PDF). This informational piece gives an overview of the state’s four strategic goals: promoting energy efficiency, diversifying our energy portfolio, establishing a 21st century grid, and accelerating clean transportation.
Hawaii State Energy Office works toward the deployment of clean energy infrastructure and serves as a catalyst for energy innovation and test bed investments. Read more in the Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future (PDF) handout.
THE CURRENT serves Hawaii’s businesses and policy makers in making informed decisions about clean energy investments and policy. Hawaii’s clean energy sector is a significant driver for economic development to replace fossil fuel expenditures with home-grown industries that stimulate smart economic growth for future generations of Hawaii.
For more information about the Hawaii State Energy Office, please contact:
The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. For more information, visit Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.