Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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.

Hawaii 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: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Hawaii Renewable Energy Generation by Utility/County

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

Source: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Hawaii 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: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Electricity Prices: Hawaii vs the U.S.

Figure 4: The graph above shows a comparison between electricity prices in Hawaii and electricity prices in the U.S. Note that Hawaii’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

1. Efficiency and Conservation - Reduce First!

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

2. 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.

3. Invest in Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Your Home or Business

Learn more about solar energy in Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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/

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

  • Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. supplies power to Maui, Hawaii 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 Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (HEPF), housed at the University of Hawaii (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)