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5 of our Favorite Resources

1. State of Hawaii Energy Resources Coordinator's Annual Report - 2016

Each year, Hawaii State Energy Office provides a status update on Hawaii's energy system. It contains statistics describing Hawaii's electricity production, rates, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and transportation.

2. Island Pulse

This island energy gauge reports how much electricity the island of Oahu and various communities on Oahu are using at any given time. It will also identify the source of the generation: How much is solar? How much is wind? How much is biofuels? How much is fossil fuels like coal and oil?

Powered by Blue Planet Foundation in partnership with Hawaiian Electric.

3. Hawaii Energy Report Card

Throughout the year, Blue Planet Foundation's annual energy report card presents a big-picture assessment of Hawaii's progress towards energy independence with 100 percent clean energy. The report evaluates five key components: 1) transportation; 2) efficiency; 3) renewables; 4) smart grid; and 5) economics.

4. Commission's Inclinations on the Future of Hawaii's Electric Utilities

In 2014, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issued this inclinations paper offering their perspective on the vision, business model, and regulatory policy changes required to align Hawaiian Electric's business model with customers' interests and the state's public policy goals. It was developed in response to Hawaiian Electric's Integrated Resource Planning Action Plan.

5. Hawaii Energy's 2014 Annual Plan (efficiency)

Hawaii Energy is the State's efficiency utility. Their annual plan provides strategies, budget, goals and a roadmap for administration and delivery of the Hawaii Energy Program based on enhanced Public Benefits Fee Administrator statutory authority, our experience to date, PUC directives and the State’s clean energy goals. This is a good read for companies interested in implementing energy efficiency projects in Hawaii.

Our Publications

More Articles on Hawaii

  • Mapping Hawaii's STEM Development Pipeline

  • May 2015
  • This project aims to map science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) development efforts in the state of Hawaii to ensure a strong pipeline of students and professionals into careers in innovation. This year we are introducing an entrepreneurial component to the map. By providing a comprehensive map, we hope gaps may be identified and programs may increase coordination where interests are aligned.

    Prepared by: Energy Excelerator and PICHTR

  • Hawaii Energy Storage Projects

  • July 2013
  • Hawaii has one of the world’s highest incidences of energy storage systems per capita. The natural resources that make Hawaii an ideal location for renewable sources such as solar and wind also carry with them weather patterns that make these sources even more intermittent than they can be in other regions of the world. Therefore, battery technology is an important part of the equation for achieving the State’s aggressive energy goals and great focus has been placed on battery development.

    Prepared by: Energy Excelerator and PICHTR

  • Hawaii Refinery Task Force – Refinery Closure Report

  • June 2013
  • The purpose of the Hawaii Refinery Task Force is to assess the impacts to changes in Hawaii’s refinery capacity and to provide advice and recommendations on matters involving a future fuels ecosystem. This initial report identifies key issues associated with the closure of the Tesoro refinery, Current status of the transition process to convert the refinery to a “terminal” operation and Tesoro’s role from a refiner/supplier/marketer to a supplier/marketer in Hawaii, and overview of the Hawaii Fuel Market and impact of the transition to date.

    Contributors: Energy Excelerator and PICHTR
    Prepared by: ICF International

  • NELHA Distributed Energy Strategy: Building a Foundation for Future Growth

  • March 2013
  • The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) provides resources and facilities for energy and ocean-related research, education, and commercial activities. The State of Hawaii has invested over $100 million since 1974 to create HOST Park, a unique outdoor demonstration site for emerging renewable and ocean based technologies. This is NELHA's strategy for developing a site to test and validate distributed energy resources.

    Prepared by Energy Excelerator and PICHTR for NELHA

  • Hawaii Geothermal Assessment and Roadmap

  • January 2013
  • Geothermal energy is an important part of the resource mix that can lead Hawaii to greater energy independence and economic security, but new geothermal has not been developed in Hawaii in 20 years. This report was undertaken to assess whether there is interest and the extent of that interest in developing new geothermal energy resources on the part of the state, industry, and utilities. This assessment consists of summaries of interviews with 65 individuals from 27 organizations, conducted from April to October 2012, cataloging progress and opportunities related to geothermal.

    Developed by Energy Excelerator and PICHTR

  • Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Projects & Supporting Policy Frameworks

  • March 2011
  • NEDO is attempting to develop collaborative clean energy projects in a number of technical areas in Hawaii, including clean energy technology transfer and smart grid projects in conjunction with multiple US partners with similar interests. This report summarizes the key developments that have transpired within the US and Hawaii that offer attractive collaboration opportunities, and more directly assesses and evaluates project development in smart grid, renewable energy integration, and applications of storage so that NEDO has a firmer foundation to justify and leverage its own involvement in the Hawaii energy development arena.

    Prepared by Energy Excelerator and PICHTR for New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan