Making efficiency more accessible
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- Oct 28, 2019 9:45 pm GMTOct 28, 2019 9:44 pm GMT
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This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-10 - Energy Efficiency, click here for more
As the energy efficiency program responsible for helping the islands of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i save energy, Hawai‘i Energy’s mission is to make energy efficiency accessible to all. With our state’s ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, efficiency plays a major role, since it’s the most cost-effective method to reduce the amount of new renewable generation needed.
Although no-cost behavioral changes such as turning off the lights when leaving the room or unplugging appliances helps reduce energy, driving deeper savings comes with a price.
Recognizing the need to reach those in our community who don’t have the resources to make the upfront investment in energy efficiency, we provide financial incentives, education and information to residents and businesses.
We launched the Rapid Response Program on Hawai‘i island to help residents and businesses deal with the loss of a major source of energy generation, and shift their focus to reducing their usage. We partnered with Trade Allies, to give customers lighting retrofits for 196 projects, achieving 1.8 million kW and over 200 kW in savings.
We also recently completed our first cohort of the EmPOWER Hawai‘i Project, which helped five local nonprofit organizations make energy saving adjustments at their facilities, achieving a combined savings of more than $35,000. Participating organizations also received training on how to better assess their energy usage going forward and how to continue to make energy saving improvements. Watch the video below to see how the five nonprofits took energy savings into their own hands.
The time is now to act. We need to not just offer solutions that will benefit a small percentage of people, but will give people of all backgrounds the chance to make an impact for generations to come.