The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) prepared the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyze, at a programmatic level, the potential environmental impacts of clean energy activities and technologies in the following clean energy categories: (1) Energy Efficiency, (2) Distributed Renewables, (3) Utility-Scale Renewables, (4) Alternative Transportation Fuels and Modes, and (5) Electrical Transmission and Distribution. The project was completed in 2015.

As stated in the Federal Register, page 56451, “DOE’s purpose and need is to support the State of Hawaii in its efforts to meet 70 percent of the State’s energy needs by 2030 through clean energy. DOE’s primary purpose in preparing this PEIS, which is not required under NEPA, is to provide information to the public, Federal and State agencies, and future energy developers on the potential environmental impacts of a wide range of energy efficiency activities and renewable energy technologies…”

Links to the summary (61 pages) and full document (1568 pages) are provided below.

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

DRAFT Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) SCOPING MEETINGS

The U.S. Department of Energy held eight public scoping meetings from September 11 to September 20, 2012. The public scoping meetings provided opportunities to view exhibits on the PEIS and clean energy, ask questions, and submit comments orally or in writing.

Scoping Meetings Transcripts

DOE prepared a scoping comment summary document that summarizes the comments received during the scoping period.


The U.S. Department of Energy held eight public hearings from May 12 to May 22, 2014. Each hearing began at 5:00 p.m. with an open house until about 5:45 p.m., during which federal and state personnel and their contractors were available to answer questions in an informal setting. At the appropriate time, DOE representative Dr. Jane Summerson gave an overview of PEIS, the National Environmental Policy Act process, and the methods that could be used to submit comments. After her presentation, interested parties spoke in turn to give comments on the Draft PEIS. A court reporter transcribed the comments presented at each hearing.

Public Hearings Transcripts