HEPF’s annual briefing focuses on aligning our energy, transportation, and climate change policy with the needs of Hawaii residents. We recognize a significant gap between our 2045 carbon neutrality goals and where we are now, and pose the following questions:
- Where are we on the trajectories (both short-term and long-term) and where do we need to be?
- Are we doing enough to achieve the goals we have established?
- Is it even possible to meet our goals, and if so what will it take?
- What about other pressing needs in Hawaii?
Achieving our clean electricity and ground transportation is implied in our goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Reaching our Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) depends largely on the development of renewable resources which are subject to cost considerations, siting, and community acceptance as well as the ability of the grid to accommodate increasing levels of variable utility-scale and distributed generation. Transitioning to clean transportation depends on three primary elements: mode shift, electrification, and land use. What is needed today to keep Hawaii on track to meet our vision of an equitable clean energy future for Hawaii?
Weekly Energy Show on New Developments in Clean Energy
Beginning in December 2012, The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum partnered with ThinkTechHawaii to produce a weekly “Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy” radio series to inform and engage the public on energy issues, challenges, and actions to advance Hawaii’s clean energy future. Since 2014, its weekly series is live streamed and on television stations OC16 and Olelo.