Hawaii has long standing policies and recent challenging goals to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and promote clean energy.

Since the 1970’s when oil prices first increased markedly above historical averages, Hawaii has had State policies to reduce reliance on imported fuels and to increase use of indigenous resources. In the most recent decade, Hawaii has established increasingly challenging and specific goals to promote utilization of clean energy sources.

Renewable Portfolio Standard (Electrical Power Sector) - Required by State statute that Hawaii's electric utilities utilize specified amounts renewable generation as a proportion of electricity sales by specified dates:

  • 10% by 2010
  • 15% by 2015
  • 25% by 2020
  • 40% by 2030

Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (Electrical Power Sector) - Required by State statute and Hawaii PUC standards that projected electrical energy needs for the year 2030 are reduced by 30% by energy efficiency measures, including electric ratepayer funded programs, State agency programs and State/County energy codes.

HCEI Goals (Electrical Power and Ground Transportation Sectors) - Generally stated non-mandatory State goals that fossil fuel use for projected ground transportation and electricity energy needs for the year 2030 are reduced by 70%. For the electric power sector, 30% reduction from energy efficiency and 40% from utilization of renewable generation is expected.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions standards (All Sectors) - Required by State statute, Hawaii’s greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to 1990 levels or below by the year 2020.