DBEDT: Established Hawai‘i as a World Model for Clean Energy

Reviewing the new solar panels on Lanai.

• The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) led the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s successful efforts to reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on foreign oil.  DBEDT conceptualized the landmark “Energy for Tomorrow” legislative package in 2006. This legislation set the foundation for the nationally and internationally recognized Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), a unique partnership formed in 2008 between the State of Hawai‘i and the U.S. Department of Energy and the national energy laboratories system.

  • The goal of HCEI is to have 70 percent clean energy in Hawai‘i by 2030.  This will be achieved through a combination of 40 percent renewable energy generation and 30 percent increased energy efficiency. HCEI has provided the leadership and acted as the catalyst for a remarkable transformation of Hawai‘i’s energy system on a comprehensive and integrated basis, laying the foundation to achieve the state’s decades’ held desire for energy security and self sufficiency.
  • To date, in the short time since the historic partnership was formed, Hawai‘i is utilizing approximately 19 percent clean energy (as of November 2010).

• Developed and launched the inaugural Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo in 2009 to provide a forum for energy experts and policy makers from around the region to share ideas, practices and emerging technologies in the transformation to clean energy economies.  The annual summit offers opportunities for Asia-Pacific businesses and government agencies to learn from and invest in successful clean energy projects in Hawaii.

Meeting with leaders of better place, an electric vehicle company which will launch taxi service in Tokyo.

DAGS: Led by Example – Promoting Energy Efficiency

• DAGS’ Central Services Division concentrated its efforts on reducing energy consumption and utility cost in state buildings, reducing operating costs, instituting environmentally-friendly green cleaning products, implementing recycling, and aiding in housing the homeless. The program received Energy Star Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Kakuhihewa, Leiopapa a Kamehameha, Keoni Ana, King Kālakaua, AAFES, Kāneo‘he Civic Center, Wahiawa Civic Center, OR&L and Ho‘pono buildings.

  • Energy conservation efforts included replacing existing fluorescent lamps with more energy efficient lamps, de-lamping offices, hallways, and rooms where lighting exceeds acceptable levels, and replacing existing lighted exit signs with efficient LED signs. Savings are also achieved through retrofitting and energy conservation measures.

DHHL: Promoted “Green” Self-Sustaining Communities

• In 2010, DHHL dedicated the nation’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum subdivision.  The Kaupuni development in Wai‘anae, the first of its kind in the State of Hawai‘i, is designed with the most innovative energy saving features available.  The goal is to create a self-sustaining community that will have aspects of a modern day ahupua‘a and be a model towards the energy and environmental design arena aiming to be the first net zero subdivision. A community center, Hale Kumuwaiwai, is also being developed to allow residents to produce and prepare their own foods, share knowledge and recreate.

• DHHL adopted an energy policy – Ho‘omaluō – which outlines five key objectives to achieve healthy, self-sufficient and thriving communities.

  • Reinforce the focus on the environment and the preservation of values that restore balance, harmony and sustainability of Hawai‘i’s lands;
  • Pursue opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and contribute to Hawai‘i’s Clean Energy Initiative through leasing of lands owned by DHHL for renewable energy projects;
  • Build new, affordable, sustainable communities and promote energy initiatives;
  • Incorporate renewable energy technologies into existing homesteads;
  • Conduct outreach programs to educate and encourage the public to live a “green” lifestyle; and
  • Market the state and utility’s collaborative efforts to reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on oil.

• DHHL formed an energy partnership with Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light companies that will benefit native Hawaiian homesteaders and support the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative through the development of affordable, energy self-sufficient and sustainable communities.

DHRD: Led By Example in Clean Energy Solutions

• DHRD piloted a successful four-day work week program which produced up to 6 percent savings in electricity usage in five floors of the State Office Tower and approximately 13 percent in the Kinau Hale Building (Dept. of Health).

DLIR: Supporting the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – The Office of Community Services was awarded $4,041,461 in ARRA grant money to help 674 low income individuals and families reduce energy consumption and utility costs through free energy saving devices such as solar water heating systems, changing out light fixtures to CFLs, and providing energy efficiency conservation education and training.

  • On November 4, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Hawai‘i had completed weatherization for more than 30 percent of the homes the state had planed to weatherize using ARRA funds.  As of September 30, 2010, Hawai‘i had weatherized more than 350 homes with ARRA funds, in addition to more than 365 additional homes with annual program funding.  As a result of the Administration’s progress, Hawai‘i will receive an additional $2 million in Recovery Act weatherization funding.

State Energy Program (SEP) – The Office of Community Services received $500,000 in ARRA grant money to provide 1,935 projects, complementary to the Weatherization Assistance Program, to help reduce energy costs and consumption. The projects include installing water aerators, smart strips, air conditioner and refrigerator replacement and hybrid heat pumps.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The Office of Community Services received $2.9 million in ARRA grant money through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, to provide 368 Hawaiian homestead households with solar water heating systems, change out light fixtures to CFLs, provide energy efficiency conservation education and training, and other applications to improve the overall energy efficiency in existing homes.  This project helped grow and sustain jobs in the local clean energy industry, reduced household electric bills and lowered the State’s dependency on oil.

DOT: Led by Example to Reduce Hawai‘i’s Dependence on Oil

• The Department of Transportation did its part in supporting the Administration’s commitment to move Hawai‘i toward 70 percent clean energy by 2030.

  • In 2009, DOT installed photovoltaic systems at Lihu‘e Airport, Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hilo International Airport, Kahului Airport hangar and cargo building, the DOT Highways Division Baseyard in Lihu‘e, and the Nawailwili Harbor DOT Administration building. Together, these projects are expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean, solar energy each year, enough to power up to 150 homes.  Over the 20 year system lifetime, the arrays will offset up to 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of removing more than 1,400 cars from the road.

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