in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the state of Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership designed to transform the state's energy system to one that uses renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies for a significant portion of its energy needs. The partnership aims to put Hawaii on a path to supply 70% of its energy needs using clean energy by 2030.

"With an abundance of natural resources and environmental treasures, Hawaii is the ideal location to showcase the broad benefits of renewable energy at work on an unprecedented scale," says Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the DOE. "Hawaii's success will serve as an integrated model and demonstration test bed for the United States and other island communities globally, many of which are just beginning the transition to a clean energy economy."

DOE will work with Hawaii to further the potential of its natural resources, including wind, sun and bioenergy resources. DOE will engage experts in clean energy technology development to help Hawaii launch several projects with public- and private-sector partners that target early opportunities and critical needs for Hawaii's transition to a clean energy economy, including:

- designing cost-effective approaches for the exclusive use of renewable energy on smaller islands,

- designing systems to improve stability of electric grids operating with variable generating sources, such as wind power plants on the islands of Hawaii and Maui, and

- assisting in the development of comprehensive energy regulatory and policy frameworks for promoting clean energy technology use.

IowaDeptEconDevel_id1863

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Smart Community Engagement: Twelve Tips Every Wind Developer Should Know

Community engagement helps ensure a project runs smoothly, but it can also save developers money and even lead to a more successful wind industry overall.


Bird Groups Target LEEDCo's Icebreaker Offshore Wind Pilot

Two bird conservation groups that helped halt a wind project earlier this year argue that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s (LEEDCo) 18 MW offshore demo poses a major risk to regional wildlife.


Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.

UEA_id1896
Acciona_id1907
JLG_id1900
WomenofWind_id
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886