October 22nd, 2019
Energy , Press Release , Transportation
Blue Planet Foundation Releases 2019 Energy Report Card
(HONOLULU) Hawaii was the first state in the nation to set a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, but according to a new report, the state is still way off target, and in some cases, heading in the wrong direction.
Blue Planet Foundation today released its highly anticipated 2019 Energy Report Card, a comprehensive, big-picture assessment of Hawaii’s clean energy progress in five key areas — transportation, efficiency, renewables, smart grid, and economics — that each received a grade (see below) and contributed to the overall score. The report card breaks down the challenges and opportunities for each sector.
The 2019 edition analyzed data from publicly available federal, state and county reports, and news stories through 2018. This is the sixth version produced by Blue Planet Foundation, with the previous version being released in 2017.
“When we did our first Energy Report Card in 2013, Hawaii’s energy sector was in a much different space,” said Melissa Miyashiro, Blue Planet Foundation’s managing director, strategy and policy. “We’ve come a long way with our clean energy goals, but as the Energy Report Card shows, we have more work to do and barriers to overcome.”
While the overall grade went down, two areas showed slight improvements from the 2017 version — Smart Grid and Economics. The main factor for the Smart Grid grade improvement was the incorporation of Demand Response, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles, while the Economics grade got a small bump because prices for renewable energy, battery storage, and electric vehicles are dropping.
“This Report Card is a point-in-time evaluation, and not an indication that the state’s goals and our collective efforts are not working,” Miyashiro pointed out. “While the grades may paint a picture of stalled progress–or even reverse movement in some areas–we are still hopeful. What’s not reflected in the grades are projects in the pipeline, policies being drafted, and collaborations in the works that we feel can make a positive impact on our clean energy future.”
The 2019 Energy Report Card is available online at HawaiiEnergyReportCard.com. To request a hard-copy booklet, please email [email protected].