Gov. David Ige has signed into law four energy bills, including one that sets a goal for the University of Hawaiʻi to produce as much energy from renewable sources as it consumes across all 10 campuses, or to become net-zero, by 2035.
The University of Hawaiʻi’s energy efficiency efforts fit within a new statewide goal. Another bill signed into law today makes Hawaiʻi the first state in the nation to set a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard for the electricity sector by 2045.
The legislation requiring UH to become net-zero directs the university to establish a benchmark for the amount and value of energy consumed during the 2014–2015 fiscal year, then to measure its progress toward the net-zero goal. The university is also required to submit an annual report on its progress to the legislature.
More UH sustainability efforts
- New UH sustainability policy aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, February 26, 2015
- Board of Regents approves fossil fuel divestment, May 21, 2015
- UH Mānoa energy efficiency saves millions, January 20, 2015
- Pilot project saves money and energy across three UH campuses, May 8, 2015