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- Helped pass progressive clean energy policies at the state legislature and the Public Utilities Commission, including one of the nation’s first carbon taxes (Act 73 of 2010), one of the nation’s first feed-in tariffs, a mandate for an on-bill financing program, and an innovative program for green energy market securitization
- C.F.L. Better Bulbs Blitz programs replaced nearly 300,000 incandescent light bulbs statewide with CFLs, saving residents more than $40 million and displacing 190,000 barrels of oil over the lifetime of the bulbs
- A network of 14,000 Blue Planet Friends support our efforts to clear the path for Hawaii’s clean energy future
- Helped procure $250,000 in USDA grants to help rural businesses fund small-scale renewable energy projects
- Through a partnership with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, fostered increased adoption of solar on Hawaiian Homesteads
- Reached tens of thousands of Hawai‘i residents directly through presentations, tabling events, and community outreach efforts
- Keynote addresses and panel discussions at Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit, Hawaii Clean Energy Day, Hawaii Conservation Conference, and other energy workshops and conventions
2012 Community Award, Hawai‘i Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
2012 Bike Shorts Hawaii Film Festival First Place for “We All Have a Reason to Ride”
2012 Finalist, Cades Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Award
2011 Hawai‘i State House commendation for outstanding clean energy leadership
2011 Hawai‘i State Senate commendation for outstanding clean energy leadership
2010 Native Hawaiian Community Champion Award, Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance
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• 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.
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October 1, 2014
Contact: Catharine Lo, 808-782-3733
HONOLULU—The Blue Planet Foundation applauds the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) timely approval of the Green Energy Market Securitization Program (GEMS) developed by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The order, filed by the Commission on Tuesday, outlines and guides the launch of the state’s innovative green financing program. GEMS expands clean energy options for Hawaiian Electric Companies’ customers by making $150 million available for solar systems and other upgrades without taking a dime from the state budget.Read more...
AVERAGE GRADE IMPROVES FROM C- TO C, BUT TRANSPORTATION PROGRESS LAGGING
HONOLULU—The Blue Planet Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd annual State of Hawai‘i 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, Hawai‘i receives an overall grade of C, slightly better than the 2013 grade of C–.Read more...