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Program Overview 

The Energy Program, managed by the Department of Research and Development, consists of four main areas:

  1. Regulatory and Legislative Programs – intervene, participate, monitor and serve as advocate for Hawai`i County interests in Public Utility Commission proceedings.
  2. Renewable Energy Initiatives – implement projects that can save the county and taxpayer money while reducing the impact to the environment.
  3. Economic Development Projects – develop and encourage economy-stimulating projects in electricity, transportation and efficiency.
  4. Energy Emergency Preparedness – plan and prepare for energy emergencies resulting from natural disaster, market disruption or terrorism in fuel supplies.


Riley Saito, Deputy Director and Energy Specialist, Telephone (808) 323-4704


Think Tech Hawai‘i video- "Supporting a Hawai‘i Hydrogen Economy".

Mitch Ewan of the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) covers the building blocks for a hydrogen economy, hydrogen policies and plans, and funding for a renewable hydrogen program.


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