During each legislative session, Blue Planet Foundation works to set the clean energy agenda with our allies in key decision making positions.
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For all the progress the state has seen on renewable electricity, we’ve seen very little progress on clean transportation. Hawaii needs to set a transportation target to mirror our renewable electricity target. 100% of ground transportation in the state should be powered by renewable energy no later than 2045. This is Blue Planet Foundation’s highest priority for the 2017 legislative session.
We're advocating for a simple fix to the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) calculation to ensure that 100% renewable power means 100% renewable power—eliminating the doubling-counting of rooftop solar. We're also concerned that large customers might install fossil-fuel-powered distributed generation (e.g., a gas-fired generator at a large hotel complex). Both electric and gas utilities should operate under the same target of 100% renewable energy. This policy is fair, and it will help align the goals of major players in our energy system.
Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of the state’s clean energy transformation. Blue Planet is seeking two policy changes that will help overcome barriers to saving energy. First, we're seeking energy codes and standards that will require new homes to maximize the use of cost-effective energy efficiency. Second, we're seeking to update energy codes and standards such that air-conditioned commercial buildings must close doors and windows, avoiding huge amounts of wasted energy.
Achieving our 100% renewable energy future requires energy storage. Blue Planet Foundation supports tax credits or other incentives to help make energy storage more widely accessible in the near term. Over the past few years, the cost of energy storage has plummeted. It is expected to do the same for the next few years. Tax credits can help to accelerate energy storage adoption and ensure that the local solar industry becomes a local solar-plus-energy-storage industry.
An evolution in the utility business model is critical to achieving the state’s energy goals in a cost-effective manner. To align customer interests with the utility business model, Blue Planet is seeking a deadline for the Public Utilities Commission to implement a performance-based ratemaking process that will directly tie utility revenues to achieving the state’s clean energy goals efficiently and effectively.
Find out who's representing your district in the state House of Representatives and Senate, and contact them to let them know that you support a 100% clean energy future.
Energy committees in both the state House and the Senate hear critical measures related to renewable energy, clean transportation, and energy conservation. Stay informed and follow along as important bills move through these committees.