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Publications on Hawaii
Find publications on deploying energy efficiency and renewable energy in Hawaii.
36 Ways to Save Energy and Money Now
This fact sheet outlines the top ways to save energy and money in Hawaii in the office, at home, and in the car.
Clean Energy Policy Analysis: Impact Analysis of Potential Clean Energy Policy Options for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report provides detailed analyses of 21 clean energy policy options considered by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) working groups for recommendation to the 2010 Hawaii State Legislature.
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Existing Building Energy Efficiency Analysis
This NREL technical report presents the results of the Booz Allen Hamilton study on the existing building stock of Hawaii, along with conclusions on the key drivers of potential energy efficiency savings and on the steps necessary to attain them.
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Scenario Analysis: Quantitative Estimates Used to Facilitate Working Group Discussions
This NREL technical report provides details on the HCEI Scenario Analysis conducted to identify potential policy options and evaluate impacts on reaching the 70% HECI goal, present possible pathways to attain the goal based on currently available technology, with an eye to initiatives under way in Hawaii, and provide an 'order-of-magnitude' cost estimate and a jump-start to action that would be adjusted with a better understanding of the technologies and market.
Hawaii Renewable Energy Permits and Approvals Guidebooks: Federal and State Approvals
A variety of HCEI guidebooks covering specific technologies and counties provide information for determining resource-specific state and federal permits for a given renewable energy project in Hawaii.
Visit the HCEI website to download the guidebooks.
Hawai‘i’s EVolution: Hawai‘i Powered. Technology Driven.
This brochure outlines Hawaii's energy and transportation goals and the implementation of electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle infrastructure since HCEI began in 2008. It includes information about Hawaii's role in leading the nation in available EV charging infrastructure per capita; challenges for continuing to implement EV technology; features on various successful EV users, including the Hawaiian Electric Company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Senator Mike Gabbard; how EVs can integrate into and help propel Hawaii's evolving smart grid; and much more.
HCEI Memorandum of Understanding
This document describes the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the state of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy, outlining their intent to work together to help Hawaii develop its natural renewable resources.
HCEI Road Map: Introduction and Overview 2011
This road map provides details on HCEI's key goals and strategies for 2011.
HCEI Road Map: 2011 Edition
This road map outlines the HCEI's key goals and strategies for 2011.
Identifying Cost-Effective Residential Energy Efficiency Opportunities for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
This NREL technical report is an update to the 2005 Energy Efficiency Potential Study completed by KEMA for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and identifies potential energy efficiency opportunities in the residential sector on Kauai.
Initial Economic Analysis of Utility-scale Wind Integration in Hawaii
This NREL technical report summarizes NREL's 2010 analysis of the economic characteristics of the utility-scale wind configuration project that has been referred to as the 'Big Wind' project.
Integrating High Levels of Renewables in to the Lanai Electric Grid
This NREL technical report discusses the assessment NREL, Sandia National Laboratory, Castle & Cooke, Maui Electric Company, and SRA International conducted looking at the economic and technical feasibility of increasing the contribution of renewable energy sources on the island of Lanai with a stated goal of reaching 100% renewable energy.
Kauai, Hawaii: Solar Resource Analysis and High Penetration PV Potential
This NREL technical provides an overview of NREL's solar resource assessment in cooperation with KIUC to determine the technical feasibility of increasing the contribution of solar renewable energy generation on the island of Kauaii through the use of photovoltaic (PV) arrays.
Kaupuni Village: A closer look at the first net-zero energy affordable housing community in Hawaii
This brochure provides information on the focuses on the LEED Platinum, net-zero energy, Kaupuni Village in Hawaii, which is comprised of 19 single-family homes and a community center. Not only are the structures built to be net-zero, but the entire community was built as a fully self-sufficient and sustainable environment keeping with traditional Hawaiian cultural practices.
Measurement and Modeling of Solar and PV Output Variability
This NREL conference paper, presented at the May 2001 SOLAR 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina,provides information on the importance of variability in global horizontal radiation to PV plants and what measurements are needed to be able to characterize them, using measurements from multiple sensors at a site in Hawaii to create solar radiation fields at various spatial and temporal scales.
Oahu Wind Integration and Transmission Study (OWITS): Hawaiian Islands Transmission Interconnection Project
This NREL technical report provides an initial evaluation of the technical configuration and capital costs of establishing an undersea cable system and examining impacts to the existing electric transmission systems as a result of interconnecting the islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Maui with Oahu.
Oahu Wind Integration and Transmission Study: Summary Report
This NREL technical report summarizes the findings of an NREL-led technical review committee that helps guide the Oahu Wind Integration and Transmission Study (OWITS) as part of HCEI. The OWITS project focuses on integrating 400 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Molokai and/or Lanai to Oahu and installing a 200 MW cable system to interconnect Maui. Learn about the different studies and scenarios used to determine the feasibility of wind integration with an undersea cable in Oahu.
Phase 2 Report: Oahu Wind Integration and Transmission Study (OWITS); Hawaiian Islands Transmission Interconnection Project
This NREL technical report builds off the Phase I OWITS study and examines the technical challenges in implementing the Stage 2 scenario indentified in the Phase I report—interconnecting and synchronizing the islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui.
Renewable Energy Permitting Barriers in Hawaii: Experience from the Field
This NREL technical report presents a summary of the solicited input from permitting agencies and renewable energy developers on the permitting process in Hawaii to provide stakeholders in Hawaii, particularly those involved in permitting, with information on current permitting barriers that renewable energy developers are experiencing.
Renewable Power Options for Electrical Generation on Kaua'i: Economics and Performance Modeling
This NREL technical report details the economic and technical analysis NREL completed for Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative, through DOE's Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, to assess the feasibility of integrating higher levels of renewable energy into the electric power system of the island of Kaua'i, as well as discussions on how to model photovoltaic inverters in the electrical grid.
Targeting Net Zero Energy at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii: Assessment and Recommendations
This NREL technical report summarizes the results and recommendations from NREL's comprehensive assessment of the U.S. Department of Defense Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay potential to achieve net zero energy status through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric vehicle integration.