Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative 2008-2018: Celebrating 10 Years of Success

Karen Petersen

    Research output: NRELBrochure


    Launched in January 2008, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) set out transform Hawaii into a world model for energy independence and sustainability. With its leading-edge vision to transition to a Hawaii-powered clean energy economy within a single generation, HCEI established the most aggressive clean energy goals in the nation. Ten years after its launch, HCEI has significantly outdistanced the lofty targets established as Hawaii embarked on its ambitious quest for energy independence. The state now generates 27 percent of its electricity sales from clean energy sources like wind and solar, placing it 12 percentage points ahead of HCEI's original 2015 RPS target of 15 percent. This brochure highlights some of HCEI's key accomplishments and impacts during its first decade and reveals how its new RPS goal of 100 percent by 2045, which the Hawaii state legislature adopted in May 2015, has positioned Hawaii to become the first U.S. state to produce all of its electricity from indigenous renewable sources.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages12
    StatePublished - 2018

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/BR-6A42-70709


    • energy efficiency
    • energy independence
    • Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
    • HCEI
    • RPS
    • solar
    • wind


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