For Immediate Release: July 30, 2009

HONOLULU—The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new website – – to provide Hawaii residents and businesses with information on how they can help achieve energy independence for the state.

“This web site will allow all the people of Hawaii to do their part to support the state’s strategic goal of having 70 percent of our energy needs come from clean energy sources by 2030,” said Governor Linda Lingle.

The site contains information about the many working groups that are collaborating on policy initiatives and strategies for integrating clean energy technologies and improving energy reliability and economic viability.

The site also offers practical tips for consumers on saving energy at home, at work, on the road, and at school.

There is also a special section on island projects which details the many different efforts to use energy more efficiently and to use renewable sources throughout the state.

Visitors to the site can sign up to subscribe to the Hawaii Powered News, a free, quarterly e-news letter that will keep the public informed on the latest news and events related to HCEI.

“It’s up to all of us to support the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We encourage residents to ‘bookmark’ this site and take the initiative to use energy more efficiently and stay personally involved in achieving energy independence for Hawaii,” said DBEDT Director Theodore E. Liu.

“We want to thank the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for their assistance in funding the development of this site,” said Ted Peck, the Energy Administrator at DBEDT. “They and the Department of Energy are our partners in our mission to make Hawaii a model for energy independence for the nation and the world.”


For more information, contact:

Dave Young, DBEDT Communications
Phone: (808) 587-1212
Email: [email protected]