Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (Hawaii)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Hawaii

Name Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard
Incentive Type Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Eligible Technologies Heat pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Solar Water Heat, Ice storage, Rate-payer funded efficiency programs, Seawater AC, Solar AC
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Electric Sales Reduction 4,300 GWh reduction in electricity use by 2030 (equal to about 40% of 2007 electricity)

Date added to DSIRE 2010-12-20
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-07

References DSIRE[1]


Note: Hawaii's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) will not be separate from the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) until January 1, 2015. Rules have not yet been established for the EEPS.

Hawaii enacted legislation (HB 1464) in June 2009 that established an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Hawaii's EEPS and Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) are related. Until January 1, 2015, energy efficiency is included in Hawaii's RPS. However, beginning in 2015, energy efficiency and displacement or offset technologies will no longer be eligible to fulfill Hawaii's RPS; these technologies will be part of the separate EEPS. Displacement or offset technologies include solar water heating, seawater air conditioning district cooling systems, and solar air conditioning. Energy efficiency technologies defined by the RPS include heat pump water heating, ice storage, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, and the use of rejected heat from combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will establish rules and specify eligible technologies for the EEPS.

Hawaii's EEPS set a goal of reducing electricity use by 4,300 gigawatt-hours (GWh) by 2030. The PUC must establish interim goals and may adjust the 2030 goal by rule or order. The PUC will evaluate the EEPS every five years beginning in 2013.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - Hawaii PUC
Department Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

Address 465 South King Street, Room 103

Place Honolulu, Hawaii
Zip/Postal Code 96813
Phone (808) 586-2020


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: HRS § 269-96 et seq.
Date Effective 2009-07-01
Date Enacted 2009-06-25

Authority 2: HI PUC Order, Docket 2010-0037

Date Enacted 2012-01-03

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"