To achieve the goal of 70% energy independence by 2030, Hawaii has undertaken a dynamic two pronged approach. Within the 70% goal, locally generated renewable sources represents 40% of our total energy consumption, while achieving greater energy efficiency makes up the remaining 30%.
By 2030, Hawaii must reduce electricity usage by no less than 30%. Leading by example, the state implements its own program to place buildings, fleets and personnel at the forefront of energy efficiency and conservation through energy performance contracting. Government buildings are being retrofitted, and construction policies and building codes strengthened to meet new, more exacting efficiency standards.
Hawaii's overall goal for energy efficiency is to meet the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard of 30% by reducing electricity demands by 2030. To meet this goal, the state will continue to:
Align the efficiency regulatory policy framework with clean energy goals;
Support the retrofitting of existing residential and commercial buildings;
Strengthen new construction policies and building codes;
Identify non-building related energy efficiency measures.
As a result of energy efficiency measures to date, Hawaii has already made great strides toward its 30% energy efficiency goal. This means that the dollars businesses and households save on energy can be reinvested into the economy.
Data provided by Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. EEPS is updated annually (July).