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09/18/2014 01:33 AM ET   
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Blue Planet Foundation Releases 2014 Energy Report Card for Hawai‘i

Average grade improves from C- to C, but transportation progress lags.

September 17, 2014

HONOLULU—The Blue Planet Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd annual State of Hawaii Energy Report Card.

The data-rich, 42-page progress report provides a wide-angle perspective on Hawai‘i’s energy transformation, taking a look at five key metrics including Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, and Economics. Supporting drivers are also analyzed to identify gaps in current industry efforts, areas of success, and opportunities for improvement. In the 2014 report card, Hawaii receives an overall grade of C, slightly better than the 2013 grade of C–.

“It's encouraging that Hawaii has made tangible progress that translates into lower electricity consumption and more integration of renewables,” stated Blue Planet Foundation Executive Director Jeff Mikulina, explaining the importance of tracking the state's progress to a clean energy future. "This snapshot in time allows us to see how policy and operational changes have affected our momentum, as well as how decisions we make today can impact what these trends will look like next year." The grades were determined by measuring the state’s progress toward a target benchmark of energy independence by 2040.
 
Positive performance in efficiency and renewables stand out as bright spots in the 2014 report card, as energy consumption per capita continues on a downward trend. Meanwhile, renewable generation increased from around 14% to 18% of total generation. Also, three old power plants were retired in 2013, eliminating 139 MW of fossil fuel generation.

“We can see how the proliferation of rooftop solar over the past few years is now paying off by lowering power plant generation per capita as well as increasing the total amount of renewable energy Hawaii is using,” Mikulina said. “But in order for these positive impacts to continue, the utility must keep interconnecting rooftop systems."
 
The report card also shows that progress in transportation, which accounts for two-thirds of Hawaii’s fossil fuel consumption, is lagging. In a year, the number of vehicle miles driven increased by 6% per person. Electric vehicles can help, reducing fossil fuel use and emissions while also helping to make the electric grid stronger. In good news, more than 1,000 new EVs were registered over the last 12 months, a 30% increase over the previous year.

An interactive digital version of the 2014 Energy Report Card is viewable at www.hawaiienergyreportcard.com. For a hard copy or chart graphics, please contact Catharine Lo at catharine@blueplanetfoundation.org. Questions and comments can be addressed to reportcard@blueplanetfoundation.org.

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ABOUT BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION
Blue Planet Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to clearing the path for clean energy: We inspire leaders to change the rules and accelerate cost-effective, secure, renewable energy. We inspire communities to adopt smart, replicable energy solutions. We inspire everyone to believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels.

For more information please contact:

Catharine Lo Communications Director
Blue Planet Foundation
808-954-6141
catharine@blueplanetfoundation.org
blueplanetfoundation.org

 
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