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Hawaii Renewable Electricity Mandate Status

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Renewable Mandate Status: On Track

  • 2009 Renewable Generation: 18.8%[i]
  • 2010 Mandate: 10%
  • 2030 Mandate: 40%[ii]

Eligible resources: wind, solar, hydroelectricity, biogas, geothermal, wave/tidal, biomass, biofuels, and hydrogen produced from renewable sources.[iii]

Compliance schedule:[iv]

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Renewable Portfolio History: Established renewable portfolio goal in 2001 (9% by end of 2010). This was replaced with an enforceable RPS mandate through DC 2474 which required 20% by 2020. S.B. 3185 in 2006 made additional modifications allowing for solar water heating, seawater air-condition district cooling systems, and electrical conservation savings to qualify for the RPS. H.B. 1464 in 2009 increased mandate to current level of 40% by 2030[v].

Credit Trading: No

Noncompliance penalty: The penalty is at the discretion of the PUC which can assess penalties for noncompliance.[vi]

Electricity Price Ranking: Highest in the United States[vii]

  • 24.71 cents/KWh in Hawaii
  • 7.67 cents/KWh in non-mandated states


[ii] Haw. RS §269-92 (Dec. 31, 2003),

[iii] Haw. RS §269-91 (Dec. 31, 2003),

[iv] Haw. RS §269-92 (Dec. 31, 2003),

[v] Database of state Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, Hawaii,

[vi] Hawaii Revised Statutes 269-91,

[vii] EIA, Electric Power Monthly, Table 5.6.B., Average Retail Price of Electricity, June 2010, Released Sept. 15, 2010,

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