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Biki Hawai'i: Collaboratively Creating Energy Saving Mobility
Biki Hawai'i, Hawai'i's first full-scale bikeshare program, offers a clean transportation option with 100 stations and 1,000 bikes "shared" for short durations and distances. Beginning in 2012, the Bikeshare Working Group, a collaboration of public and private community stakeholders, developed the vision, goals, and objectives for a bikeshare program in urban Honolulu. With support from public and private donations, Biki Hawai'i, a local 501(c)3 non-profit, was launched in January of 2014. It developed a business plan and partnered with Secure Bike Share for financing and operations. Launched on June 28, 2017, Biki now provides Honolulu with access to a carbon-neutral and healthy transportation option. In the first month, Biki saw approximately 50,000 rides. In part due to Biki's early signs of success, next steps in partnerships and fundraising are already underway to plan for the first system expansion, potentially as early as Summer 2018.
State Building Code Council: Updating Hawai'i's Building Energy Code
The State Building Code Council addresses the role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting Hawai'i's ambitious goal of reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. State and federal energy building codes raise the bar on the minimum allowable energy use within a building, both in new construction and in major renovations and has the potential to speed our transition to clean energy. Until the State Building Code Council recommended for Governor's approval the administrative rules incorporating the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, Hawai'i's building standard had not been updated since 2006. If the updated code is adopted by the counties, energy savings would be significant; estimated savings through 2036 would equal powering over 700,000 homes or taking three of HECO's largest power generating units off-line for an entire year. Government and private organizations will thus continue to work on advocating for County adoption of the Energy Code and on educating and training of building and design professionals.
Senator J. Kalani English & The Hawai'i State Legislature: Committing the State to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption
Senator J. Kalani English is recognized for his leadership in introducing SB 559, relating to climate change, signed by Governor Ige as Act 32. Anticipating the President's withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and, recognizing Hawai'i's vulnerability to climate change, Senator English pursued legislation to establish a legal commitment to combat climate change by systematically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Act 32 continues the Paris commitment, and expands on it -- providing strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; establishing the Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission to establish strategies and goals and to conduct and report on implementation; and funding a coordinator beginning in FY2017.
Hawaiian Electric Companies: Grid-Responsive Energy Storage and Management System
Hawaiian Electric Companies sought a practical, cost-effective system to monitor and control safe, reliable rooftop solar power for its customers. With support from Elemental Excelerator and U.S. Department of Energy, they began a three-year, $1.2-million initiative to develop one megawatt of energy storage at commercial and industrial customer sites, with the goal to: 1) support grid management for increasing variable renewables and 2) help customers manage their electric costs. Working with a team of industry partners, Hawaiian Electric is obtaining real-time intelligence by tracking batteries at customer sites, ensuring utility operators have 24/7 resource availability and enabling customers to use software and data for real-time visualization of energy use and forecasting. In January 2017, tests of the system at 29 Oahu commercial customer sites were positive, providing savings for participants and better grid operations for all customers. Over the next three years, the project will seamlessly integrate distributed generation data from customer sites to put hardware and software into permanent operation.
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies: Hawai'i Military Biofuel Crop Project
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies designed a sustainable system produce significant quantities of high quality renewable fuels for U.S.military installations, demonstrating how the Army could grow fuel through short-term crops, produce local jobs and revenues, and meet local livestock and diversified industry needs. Begun in 2010, the Hawaii Military Biofuel Crop project was a collaboration between Pacific Biodiesel, the Hawaii Army Garrison, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local agriculture interests to address the DOD's quest for local energy security and the State's goal of greater renewable energy penetration. The project has successfully grown biofuel crops on small plots with yields of "100 days from soil to oil." Pacific Biodiesel began its next research phase in February 2017, farming sunflowers on Maui to eventually attain 100+ acres to determine oil crops suitable for Maui's central valley. It has transferred its farming equipment to Maui and is privately funding the operation albeit with finite financial resources, an uncertain economic climate and waning federal support.
ThinkTech Hawai'i: Media Outreach to Inform & Engage on Clean Energy
ThinkTech Hawai'i, provides informal, impartial and regular reporting of the events, developments and sea changes in energy, informing the public about the impacts of energy technology, policy, and industry. It has been producing a weekly live video talk show series entitled "Hawai'i: The State of Clean Energy" since 2012 to inform the public and the industry on the issues, actions and challenges relating to our clean energy initiative; and has expanded its coverage to six talk shows that play on thinktechhawaii.com and livestream and on YouTube, Spectrum OC16, Olelo 54 and PEG Media. ThinkTech also continues to improve its remote broadcasting capability to cover energy events around the state — with a view to raise public awareness and promote civic engagement about energy in and affecting Hawai'i. ThinkTech does this with the help of its dedicated staff and volunteer show hosts and guests, and with the generous support of its community underwriters.