What We Do
For 20 years, HEPF has been driving the renewable energy transition in a collaborative triumvirate, involving research, government (State and Federal) and Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission.) The result has been enabling legislation to transform the financial, regulatory, legal, and institutional systems that govern energy planning and delivery.
In 2008, the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the reduction of Hawai‘i’s heavy dependence on imported fossil fuels.
In 2014, HCEI renewed Hawaii’s commitment to setting bold clean energy goals, including achieving the nation’s first-ever 100 percent renewable portfolio standards (RPS) by the year 2045.
As part of Hawaii’s Natural Energy Institute, HEPF brings emerging renewable technologies to the forefront and facilitates the convergence of these technologies in existing and developing energy grids, with a clear focus on mitigating climate change.
HEPF is a values-driven forum, informed by the Hawaiian principle of Malama Aina (take care of the land and it will take care of you), committed to community-based energy planning.
HEPF is a key contributor to ETIPP: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, working alongside remote, island, and island communities seeking to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience through strategic energy planning and the implementation of solutions that address their specific challenges.
In 2022, with the introduction of President Biden’s historic Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act, the nation have reached a watershed moment in the transition to renewable energy.