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ALTERNATIVE FUEL CORRIDOR STATUS WILL BOOST KAUAI’S EV EXPANSION EFFORTSPosted on April 26, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2021 HONOLULU — Hawaii got some good Earth Day news Thursday when officials received word that the Federal Highway Administration approved the Kauai Alternative Fuel Corridor, a move that will bring a host of benefits to the Garden Island including streamlined access to potential funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENN REGARDING REJOINING THE PARIS AGREEMENTPosted on January 20, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 20, 2021 HONOLULU – Today President Biden signed an executive order allowing the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. The United States officially withdrew from the landmark climate agreement on Nov. 4, 2020, under the previous presidential administration. Following is a statement from Scott Glenn, chief energy officer for the […]
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HAWAII BUSINESS AND EVENTS RECOGNIZED FOR GREEN PRACTICESPosted on December 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Dec. 4, 2020 HONOLULU — A resort on Hawaii Island that converted its gasoline-powered canal boats to electric propulsion, a Maui resort that increased its photovoltaic rooftop array to 2,138 panels to produce clean power, and another that switched to using municipally treated greywater to irrigate 14 acres of its property grounds […]
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NEWLY RELEASED REPORT INCLUDES ESSENTIAL HAWAII ENERGY STATISTICSPosted on November 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 19, 2020 HONOLULU — Hawaii’s progress toward achieving its goals in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation and decarbonization is among the updates detailed in the 2020 edition of Hawaii’s Energy Facts and Figures released this week by the Hawaii State Energy Office. The 43-page report is a compendium of statistics […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENN REGARDING PARIS AGREEMENT WITHDRAWALPosted on November 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 4, 2020 The United States today officially withdrew from the Paris climate agreement making it the only nation in the world to abandon the landmark accord. The duration of the United States’ absence from the agreement will depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, which is still unclear. If […]
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HAWAII STATE ENERGY OFFICE HIRING FOR EQUITY PROGRAMPosted on October 12, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 12, 2020 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Energy Office is seeking candidates to fill three new full-time AmeriCorps VISTA positions it created to help the office build its capacity to serve vulnerable and underrepresented communities. “A successful path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy and a carbon free economy requires green […]
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VIRTUAL EVENT SET THURSDAY TO MARK HYDROGEN & FUEL CELL DAY IN HAWAI‘IPosted on October 6, 2020
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 6, 2020 HONOLULU –Hawai‘i joins the nation in celebrating the sixth annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, which marks the growth of the industry by raising awareness of the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENN REGARDING THE VETO OF HB1846Posted on September 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2020 “While the Hawaii State Energy Office is a staunch supporter of energy efficiency as a means of achieving Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals, the language in HB1846 unfortunately could be challenged in court, potentially costing the state further time and money and detracting from achieving our clean energy goals. Vetoing […]
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STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ENERGY OFFICER SCOTT GLENNPosted on August 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 4, 2020 Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn issued the following statement following Hawaiian Electric’s announcement that its fleet of about 925 vehicles will be plug-in electric by 2035. “We commend Hawaiian Electric for leading by example as it moves to convert its fleet to all plug-in electric vehicles. Hawaii has a […]
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HSEO GRANT WILL SUPPORT HAWAII’S CLEAN ENERGY GOALS, ECONOMIC RECOVERYPosted on July 23, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2020 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Energy Office was awarded a $425,070 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) to pursue several strategic projects that advance Hawaii’s clean economy goals and support the state’s economic recovery, including job training for energy sector workers and an upgrade of web-based tools […]
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