The Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) Energy Efficiency programs have been in place since mid-1996. Hawaii does not have any natural gas energy efficiency programs. In July 2009, Hawaii consolidated the energy efficiency programs of most of its electric utilities into a single program operated by a third-party contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Hawaii has two major electric utility companies—one investor-owned (HECO) and one cooperative (KIUC). HECO, the major investor-owned utility is the largest in the state. HECO’s customers support this program through a public benefits charge. HECO includes Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) and Maui Electric Co. (MECO). The other major electric utility is Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), which operates (KIUC) operates its customer energy efficiency programs independently.
Hawaii is collaborating with the United States Department of Energy to achieve the goal of supplying 70% of the state’s energy needs through renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by 2030. Hawaii’s public utilities commission has also adopted an energy efficiency portfolio standard with a goal of achieving 4,300 GWh of energy savings by 2030.
Hawaii has decoupling in place for, and offers shareholder incentives for, electric utilities.
Reported budgets for energy efficiency programs for 2011, and electricity savings for 2010, are in the State Spending and Savings Tables.
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