Energy efficiency programme helps Hawaii save $325m in energy bills

An energy efficiency programme deployed by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has helped consumers save $325m in energy bills between July 2015 and June 2016.

The energy efficiency programme ‘Hawaii Energy’ offset the use of 150MW of energy during the 2015-2016 year and is being deployed by HPUC in partnership with Virginia-based Leidos Engineering LLC for consumers in Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui.

The energy efficiency savings achieved by the Hawaii Energy programme last year equates to the HPUC building a 90MW solar energy plant to meet power demand.

In total, since its launch, the programme has helped save $325 million in consumer energy bills with $40 million reached in the project’s first year of implementation.

Through the programme, the HPUC provides cash rebates and incentives for residential and small business consumers in the US state of Hawaii to install energy efficient equipment.

Energy efficiency savings

The programme was introduced by HUPC to reduce its operational costs by avoiding investing in new energy generation infrastructure.

The project helps the utility improve its customer services to its 450,000 consumers by helping them reduce their energy usage and costs.

In addition, the energy efficiency initiative helps the utility firm reduce its carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency savings achieved by HPUC in implementing Hawaii Energy in 2015 and 2016 follows a 25% decrease in the programme’s budget from $38 million in 2014-2016 year to $27 million.

Meanwhile, the city of Sandwich in the US state of illinois said it is planning an energy efficiency project which will include the replacement of existing streetlights with LED models.

[quote] The installation of energy efficient streetlights will help the city reduce its energy bills of up to $6,000 paid to ComEd per month.

The programme is expected to start in May and will be funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 2016/2017 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Standard, Custom and Clean Water Incentive Programme.

Energy efficiency contract

The news follows mid-March’s renewal of an energy efficiency contract between Georgia Power and energy consulting firm ICF.

In a combined statement, ICF said it was rewarded a three-year energy efficiency contract to help Georgia Power to implement its energy conservation projects to help consumers reduce their energy usage and costs.

The energy consulting firm will be responsible for drafting new energy efficiency strategies to help Georgia Power improve the reliability of its grid network. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.