In 2018, Hawaii Made Big Progress On Path To 100% Renewable Energy

Published onJanuary 9, 2019

Utility Hawaiian Electric, whose subsidiaries include Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, says progress on renewable energy continued to help drive the transformation of the Hawaiian Electric companies in 2018. In the 10 years since the creation of the state’s Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the companies have reduced fossil fuel use by 26%, representing 48 million fewer gallons of imported oil per year to generate electricity. By 2022, fossil fuel use will have dropped by about 60% as more than a dozen wind, solar and battery storage projects now planned or under construction come online in the Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light service territory. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 1.2 million tons, the utility estimates.