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 2017 the state reached 27.7% 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
ENERGY STAR Buildings in Hawaiʻi
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 Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).
- Tips to Save Energy from Hawaiʻi Energy: http://www.hawaiienergy.com/tips-to-save-energy
- A Practical Guide to Home Energy Use from KIUC: http://website.kiuc.coop/content/energy-wise-programs
Transcending Oil - Hawaiʻi's Energy Efficiency and Fossil Fuel Consumption
Electric water heating can account for 40% or more of your bill, solar can provide up to 90% of your needs.
- Call the KIUC Energy-Wise Program for rebate information and answer your solar water heating questions (808) 246-8280.
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/
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 MECO, HELCO and HECO - http://www.heco.com/heco/Clean-Energy
The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) supplies power to Kauaʻi - 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 Hawaiʻi - http://www.hawaiienergypolicy.hawaii.edu/
The Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), housed at the University of Hawaiʻi (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 Foundation is a local nonprofit organization committed to clean energy - http://blueplanetfoundation.org/. Check out Blue Planet Foundation's annual Energy Report Card which presents a big-picture assessment of Hawaiʻi's progress toward a clean energy future. The report highlights bright spots and opportunities for improvement in the areas of transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid, and economics: https://blueplanetfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Blue_Planet_2016_Energy_Report_Card.pdf
Energy Plans by County
- Hawaiʻi County's 5-year Sustainability Roadmap looks at the trajectory for Hawaii’s energy efficiency and sustainability across sectors, including transportation, resources, smart grid systems, and oil imports: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/doc/71344/Electronic.aspx
- Maui County energy efficiency sector produces an annual Sustainability Report focusing on county progress in meeting energy milestones: https://view.mauielectric.com/2017-sustainability-report/page/4-5
- Kauai County's energy plans focus on reduction sustainability goals for the future: http://www.kauai.gov/OED-energy
- Honolulu County's Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) aims to decrease Hawaiʻi's dependence on fossil fuels and aim for 100% clean energy by 2045: http://www.hawaiicleanenergyinitiative.org/
- Mayors for Solar Energy, an agreement signed by 42 small cities and states in efforts to increase solar energy: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59af5d3cd7bdce7aa5c3e11f/t/5ac544a76d2a733d0a3412f0/1522877607701/Mayors+for+Solar+Energy+letter.pdf