The State of Hawai‘i has a bold energy agenda — to achieve 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045. Along with reducing our islands’ dependency on fossil fuels and increasing efficiency measures, the clean energy plan is also contributing to the state’s economic growth. Because Hawai‘i is committed to re-powering the clean energy market, we have embraced bold solutions that will help develop this competitive industry, making Hawai‘i one of the leaders in the clean energy race.
The Hawai‘i State Energy Office leads statewide energy security and resilience initiatives, while catalyzing energy independence and decarbonization.
The Hawaiʻi State Energy Office is hiring for a Resilience, Clean Transportation, and Analytics (RCA) Manager and an Administrative Assistant!
Come join the team and help support HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.
Take Our Survey!
The Hawai’i State Energy Office wants your input on federal funding opportunities under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending addressing clean energy and power, carbon capture and utilization, clean transportation, resiliency, and more.
HSEO has also published an online tracker compiling a list of potential IIJA funding opportunities that may be of interest to organizations in Hawai’i.
Hawai‘i’s ENERGY STORY
Life on the Hawaiian archipelago has been shaped by elemental energy sources — wind, water, earth, sun, moon, and sky. The Hawaiian creation story told through the Kumulipo tells of the interconnected relationship between humankind and nature. An ancestral link to nature’s life-giving and life-sustaining energy is a core feature of the Hawaiian cultural value system. We often see it expressed through mālama ‘āina: the care and stewardship of the environment and natural resources. Energy is a shared natural resource that connects us to the past and provides our foundation for the future.
HSEO fulfills its mission to residents through strategy and thought leadership; program design and implementation; analysis, reporting, and data collection and sharing; regulatory support; and education, outreach, and community/public engagement.
Solarize808 Ko’olauloa Home Energy Fair
Solarize808 is hosting two informational events in Ko‘olauloa on October 8 and October 14 to help residents lower their energy use and learn more about their home’s solar options.
Ask the experts about your energy bill, smart meters, energy rebates, financing options, and more!
Energy efficient homes of the future
Join a free online webinar on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 12PM to 1:30PM! Learn more about efficient, comfortable, and affordable homes.
Hawai‘i National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Plan
Read the State Plan that maps out the overall vision and goals for Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to deploy charging infrastructure under the NEVI program.
Energy Policy in Hawai‘i
The Hawaiʻi State Energy Office promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy. HSEO’s primary roles and activities are set forth in Sections 196-71 and 196-72, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes.
Hawai‘i’s Energy Landscape
Hawai‘i’s embrace of clean energy is rooted in a commitment to end its dependence on fossil fuels. In this section you can learn about the energy sources that are utilized in Hawai‘i, the differences between renewable and non-renewable sources, as well as discover the multitude of energy projects that are currently ongoing in our state.
Powering Past coal task force
By Executive Order, Gov. David Ige has established the Powering Past Coal Task Force (PPCTF). Chaired by Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn, the purpose of this task force is to “convene stakeholders to increase transparency, coordination, collaboration, and urgency to timely facilitate, coordinate, and align project development and reviews by Hawaiian Electric, state, and county agencies for those measures anticipated to provide electricity for Oʻahu to replace the coal plant’s electricity.”
Hawai‘i State Energy Office Reports
Energy Facts & Figures
Resource Quick links
Hawai‘i State Energy
The Hawai‘i State Energy Office offers a database of publications regarding numerous key energy topics such as alternative energy programs and energy legislation written by universities, consultants, industry organizations, and government bodies. Find reports, studies, research papers, resource assessments, and more.
Solar Water Heater Variance
The online application was developed to help expedite the submittal of a request for variance (exemption) from Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §196-6.5, which mandates that, effective January 1, 2010, all new single-family dwellings (which includes Accessory Dwelling Units and similar single-family dwellings) built in the State of Hawai‘i have a solar water heater.
Renewable EnerGIS Map
Renewable EnerGIS is designed to provide renewable energy resource and site information for specific Hawai‘i locations selected by the user. This tool is intended to help landowners, developers, and policymakers understand the renewable energy potential of sites statewide.
The Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard tool was developed to help those proposing renewable energy projects understand the county, state, and federal permits that may be required for their individual project. This tool works for projects ranging in size from residential solar installations to large utility-scale facilities.
Hawai‘i Renewable Energy
The islands of Hawai‘i have abundant natural resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, bioenergy, and hydropower. These precious resources could potentially meet a substantial portion of Hawai‘i’s energy needs. Use this interactive directory to find and learn about renewable energy projects in Hawai‘i.
HONOLULU —The Hawai‘i State Energy Office is seeking input on federal funding opportunities under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending addressing clean energy and power, carbon capture and utilization, clean transportation, resiliency, and […]
Honolulu – In support of Gov. David Ige’s statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the W. Virginia v EPA case, Scott Glenn, Hawai‘i Chief Energy Officer, said: “Hawai‘i is making strong progress towards our state’s climate and clean energy goals and this decision doesn’t change our commitment or trajectory. In Hawai‘i, eliminating our […]
HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Energy Office today unveiled a new logo and website that reflect the agency’s increasing role in achieving Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals. The rebranding initiative follows the Legislature’s restructuring of the agency in 2019 that elevated the State Energy Office to have a stronger and more direct voice in state energy […]