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Pathways to Sustainability 2012

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Taking the initiative towards sustainability will save your company money. The companies featured in this section are at the forefront of their industry, providing innovative solutions that result in short-term and long-term cost savings. This guide helps you plan a path to better corporate practices that benefit your company and the community.

Clean Energy for Hawaii: real progress & much to be done

If sustainability is the long-term stewardship of the economy and environment, clean energy must be at the top of our “to do” list.
Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Company are committed to meet – and surpass – the most aggressive clean energy goals in the nation, 40% of electric sales from renewable sources by 2030. 

Kaheawa Wind Farm, Maui

The continuing skyrocketing prices for gasoline at the pump and electricity from the grid are reminders of the importance of decisively ending Hawaii’s over-dependence on imported oil. We must do this through energy efficiency and a diverse portfolio of renewable energy technologies: wind, solar, waste-to-energy, hydro and ocean and geothermal. Also in the picture are electric vehicles and a “smarter” grid.

The Hawaiian Electric companies aim to add as much renewable energy as possible as soon as possible—at prices that provide more stable and lower energy costs. Investing to support renewable energy now will provide greater energy security as well as environmental and economic well-being for Hawaii in the future.

Kapolei Sustainable Energy Park, Oahu
Photo: Courtesy of Forest City

There’s much to be done, but a lot to take some pride in.

  • 12% of electricity needs in 2011 were supplied by renewable energy.
  • 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects are in service, under construction, awaiting approval or in active negotiation.
  • Hawaii utilities rank among top utilities in the nation in rankings by the Solar Electric Power Association and Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

In 2012, Hawaiian Electric utilities will seek bids for 500 MW of new renewable energy projects for Oahu, 50 MW for Maui and 50 MW of added geothermal for Hawaii Island.

Electric vehicle charging station, Oahu

Within the coming year, an added 69 MW of wind energy, 27 MW of waste-to-energy and 10 MW of bio-fueled generation are expected to come on line on Oahu, as well as an additional 42 MW of wind energy for Maui. Hawaii Island already has the highest penetration of renewable energy in the state.

Also, the Public Utilities Commission is convening an advisory group for the next Integrated Resource Plan to draw a road map of our energy planning actions for the next five years and scenarios for the next 20 years. 

To learn more, click on the “Clean Energy” tab at heco.com or visit hawaiisenergyfuture.com.



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