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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/09/2014
Program Overview:
State: Hawaii
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Heat pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Ice storage, Rate-payer funded efficiency programs
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Seawater AC, Solar AC
Applicable Sectors: Investor-Owned Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Electric Sales Reduction4,300 GWh reduction in electricity use by 2030 (equal to about 40% of 2007 electricity)
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HRS ยง 269-96 et seq.
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
HI PUC Order, Docket 2010-0037

Note: Hawaii's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) will not be separate from the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) until January 1, 2015. Rules have not yet been established for the EEPS.

Hawaii enacted legislation (HB 1464) in June 2009 that established an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Hawaii's EEPS and Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) are related. Until January 1, 2015, energy efficiency is included in Hawaii's RPS. However, beginning in 2015, energy efficiency and displacement or offset technologies will no longer be eligible to fulfill Hawaii's RPS; these technologies will be part of the separate EEPS. Displacement or offset technologies include solar water heating, seawater air conditioning district cooling systems, and solar air conditioning. Energy efficiency technologies defined by the RPS include heat pump water heating, ice storage, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, and the use of rejected heat from combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will establish rules and specify eligible technologies for the EEPS.

Hawaii's EEPS set a goal of reducing electricity use by 4,300 gigawatt-hours (GWh) by 2030. The PUC must establish interim goals and may adjust the 2030 goal by rule or order. The PUC will evaluate the EEPS every five years beginning in 2013.

  Public Information - Hawaii PUC
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
465 South King Street, Room 103
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-2020
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