Hawaii Aims to Lead in Energy Efficiency, in Addition to Renewables

As Hawaii continues to push for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, it is also focusing on energy efficiency, according to a new report by the Hawaii State Energy Office.  In addition, and for the past five years, the Energy Services Coalition has ranked the state first in government for energy performance contracting.

In the past 20 years, the state’s energy office has signed more than $440 million in performance contracts for a savings of more than $1.1 billion. Hawaii is home to the single largest performance contract in the U.S., a $158 million deal with the Hawaii Department of Transportation that covers nearly all of the state’s airports. It will cut energy use in 12 airports by nearly 50 percent.

In 2016, the Hawaiian government made huge strides in Energy Star certification. The private sector has also substantially increased its number of Energy Star buildings in the past decade.

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