Hawaii's commitment to a clean energy future requires that we reduce our fossil fuel use. In 2008, the state launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and committed to becoming a national and world leader in clean energy. This commitment includes developing and implementing policies, technologies and strategies to increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, electric transmission and distribution systems, energy storage and alternative fuel vehicles, and other energy efficient transportation options. This indicator tracks Hawaii's progress and whether we are reducing our fossil fuel use to below the 2008 baseline level. In 2012, Hawaii reduced total energy use to 2% below the 2008 baseline. As Hawaii continues to invest in clean energy, this trend should continue to go down.
CLICK ON THE CHART ABOVE TO SEE HAWAII’S LONG-TERM TREND IN ENERGY USE.
Total Petroleum Use by Sector (Thousand barrels)
Figure 1: The above graph shows that the majority of our fossil fuel use is for transportation (e.g. fuel for cars and buses) and power/electricity generation (e.g. fossil fuel burned for electricity by the utility). This is followed by industrial, commercial and residential use (e.g. propane gas and diesel).
Source: Energy Information Administration
Learn More and Make a Difference
What You Can Do
Visit the following websites to find out what you can do to reduce your energy use:
- Hawaii Energy offers great tips to save energy and money on your electric bill: http://www.hawaiienergy.com
- Hawaiian Electric Company features a Top 10 list for energy conservation: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/save-energy-and-money/household-tips-and-resources
- Blue Planet Foundation believes energy efficiency can start at home, from energy-efficient appliances to electric vehicles. Find out more: http://blueplanetfoundation.org/Resources/Save-Energy/
The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) publishes monthly energy data reports: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/energy-trends-2/
Blue Planet Foundation’s Annual Energy Report Card presents a big-picture assessment of Hawaii’s progress toward energy independence with 100 percent clean energy: http://hawaiienergyreportcard.com/
The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum provides an ongoing clean energy status report, which summarizes Hawaii’s progress towards its clean energy goals: http://www.hawaiienergypolicy.hawaii.edu/programs-initiatives/clean-energy-metrics/online/index.html