Welcome to the Hawai‘i Clean Energy PEIS Website

DOE is pleased to announce the availability of the Hawaii Clean Energy Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) and invitation to comment on the PEIS. Download the Draft PEIS.

This website for the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) will serve as the central location for PEIS announcements and documents.  Public comments can be submitted through the website’s Comment Form, and individuals may subscribe to the mailing list to receive future announcements and news releases from the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the Hawai‘i Clean Energy PEIS.

Background Information

DOE and the State of Hawai‘i entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in January 2008 that established a long-term partnership to transform the way in which energy efficiency and renewable energy resources are planned and used in the State. The MOU established working groups to address key sectors of the energy economy (e.g., electricity, end-use efficiency, transportation, and fuels), which led to the establishment of the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI). The goal of the HCEI is to meet 70% of Hawai‘i’s energy needs by 2030 through energy efficiency and renewable energy.

On December 14, 2010, DOE issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a PEIS, with the State of Hawaii as a joint lead, on the wind phase of the Hawaii Interisland Renewable Energy Program (HIREP) (75 FR 77859). That NOI referred to the PEIS as the HIREP: Wind PEIS. In response to public scoping comments, as well as regulatory and policy developments since the scoping meetings, DOE has decided to broaden the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy activities and technologies to be analyzed in the PEIS and, accordingly, has renamed it the Hawai‘i Clean Energy PEIS.

Summary

DOE’s proposed action is to develop guidance that can be used in making decisions to support the State of Hawai‘i in achieving the HCEI’s goals.  The Hawai‘i Clean Energy PEIS will analyze, at a programmatic level, the potential environmental impacts of clean energy activities and technologies in the following clean energy categories:  (1) Energy Efficiency, (2) Distributed Renewables, (3) Utility-Scale Renewables, (4) Alternative Transportation Fuels and Modes, and (5) Electrical Transmission and Distribution.  The Draft PEIS was prepared with the following cooperating agencies: State of Hawai‘i (Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Get Involved!

DOE invites you to get involved in any or all of the public processes of this PEIS. You may subscribe to this website to receive updates and announcements regarding the PEIS.

We will continue improving the site to allow you better access to important PEIS-related documents, maps, and public comments. Answers to common questions related to the PEIS and website can be found in the FAQ section.

Please send along any suggestions or comments to improve this website to webmaster@hawaiicleanenergypeis.com.