Electricity: Renewable/Efficiency

By 2030, increase renewable energy in the electricity sector to 40% of total annual output.

Hawai‘i is determined to achieve its goal of 40 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector and a reduction of electricity consumption by 4,300 gigawatt-hours by 2030 as a mid-term goal on the way to 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045. Currently, only renewable energy for electricity is being tracked for this goal until Hawai‘i Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards are released in 2019. Pursuing energy independence and transitioning off fossil fuels achieves a dual purpose: stimulating smart growth that benefits future generations in Hawaii and delivering cost-effective energy that is environmentally friendly.

Hawai‘i Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) by Utility/County

Figure 1: The above chart shows the percentage of energy sales from renewables in each county and for the state as a whole. While each island has its own characteristics and mix of renewables, note that in 2016 the state reached 27% of total energy sales from renewables, which is on track to meet the 2030 goal.

Source: Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission

Hawai‘i Renewable Energy Generation by Utility/County

Figure 2: The above chart shows the total quantity of renewable energy generated in Hawaiʻi by county.

Source: Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission

Hawaiʻi Renewable Energy Generation by Source

Figure 3: The above chart shows our renewable energy mix. Note the rapid growth of Distributed PV, i.e. residential and small-scale commercial rooftop solar.

Source: Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission

Electricity Prices: Hawaiʻi vs the U.S.

Figure 4: The graph above shows a comparison between electricity prices in Hawaiʻi and electricity prices in the U.S. Note that Hawaiʻi’s electricity rates are approximately three times the national average .

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Learn More and Make a Difference

What You Can Do

Efficiency and Conservation - Reduce First!

To learn more, visit Hawaiʻi Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency and program for Hawaiʻi, Honolulu and Maui counties and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).

Hawaii's Energy Efficiency and Fossil Fuel Consumption

Hawaii's ambitious mandate to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2045, is analyzed via Transcending Oil, a platform that displays fossil fuel consumption and renewable energy that Hawaii currently relies on, emphasizing pathways to a clean energy economy statewide.
Use Solar Hot Water Heating for Your Home or Business

Electric water heating can account for 40% or more of your bill, solar can provide up to 90% of your needs.

Invest in Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Your Home or Business

Learn more about solar energy in Hawaiʻi from the State Energy Office in the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Public Utilities Commission: http://energy.hawaii.gov/

More Information

  • The Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates all electric utilities and public service companies in the state - http://puc.hawaii.gov/

  • The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) houses the State Energy Office - http://energy.hawaii.gov/

  • Hawaiʻi Energy is the energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, and Maui counties - http://www.hawaiienergy.com/

  • Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. supplies power to Maui, Hawaiʻi and Honolulu counties through MELCO, HELCO and HECO - http://www.heco.com/heco/Clean-Energy

  • The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) supplies power to Kauai - http://website.kiuc.coop/

  • The Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum (HEPF), housed at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), includes stakeholders from across the energy sector working together to find energy solutions for Hawaii - http://www.hawaiienergypolicy.hawaii.edu/

  • The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), housed at UH, is a legislatively charged research unit mandated to undertake and coordinate research and development of the island's renewable energy resources - http://www.hnei.hawaii.edu/

  • Blue Planet is a local nonprofit organization committed to clean energy - http://blueplanetfoundation.org/

Energy Plans: Counties (coming soon)

SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 - Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG - Partnerships for the Goals
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development