Hawaii’s progress toward achieving its goals in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation and decarbonization is among the updates detailed in the 2020 edition of Hawaii’s Energy Facts and Figures released this week by the Hawaii State Energy Office.
The 43-page report is a compendium of statistics and information about Hawaii’s energy sector intended to support informed-decision making and a better understanding of the energy landscape in Hawaii. The annual publication is aimed at a broad audience, including policymakers, planners, developers, academics, and the general public.
Among the noteworthy details in this edition of Hawaii’s Energy Facts and Figures:
- Hawaii’s dependence on petroleum has been gradually trending downward from 90 percent of energy needs in 2003 to 84 percent in 2018.
- Some 57 percent of Hawaii’s crude oil imports were sourced from Libya in 2019 followed by Russia at 34 percent.
- Energy efficiency measures continue to offer an attractive return on investment. Each dollar spent on efficiency in Hawaii saves 15 times that amount on energy bills compared to a 10-to-1 ratio nationally.
- Solar accounted for 12.7 percent of Hawaii’s electricity production in 2019 compared with 2.5 percent nationally.
- Hawaii State government agencies reduced their electricity use by 17.5 percent between 2005 and 2019.
- Oahu had 205 miles of bike lanes in 2019, the most of any island in the state.
- Hawaii electric vehicle ownership soared to 12,716 vehicles in October 2020 from 161 vehicles in October 2010.
“The Energy Office continually strives to improve the quality and timeliness of the data and information we compile and disseminate,” said Hawaii Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn. “Hawaii’s Energy Facts and Figures is a valuable tool for anyone to understand more about trends and data related to Hawaii’s energy sector.”
The report, first published in 2012, draws on a wide variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Energy Agency, private-sector energy companies and various Hawaii State agencies. For this report, the data presented are prior to the impacts of COVID-19. Data showing the impacts of COVID-19 on an annual basis are expected to become available for some data sets with the 2021 report.