Pacific Business News, July 28, 2020
The Hawaii State Energy Office was awarded a $425,070 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to pursue several initiatives.
“This federal funding for our clean energy and decarbonization programs comes at a critical time when state revenue growth is under pressure from the impact of Covid-19,” said Scott Glenn, chief energy officer for the State of Hawaii, in a statement. “This grant provides key support that will help the energy office implement a range of initiatives over the short, medium, and long-term that will generate economic activity in Hawaii and help get people back to work.”
The grant will support local energy initiatives that address energy assurance, energy education, and community outreach, as well as analyses of carbon policy in Hawaii and the potential conversion of the state fleet to alternative fuel vehicles. The projects will ideally advance Hawaii’s clean economy goals by promoting job training within the energy sector and upgrading web-based tools to assist in the permitting and appropriate siting of renewable energy projects. When combined with existing U.S. Department of Energy awards, funding for these projects totals $1.13 million.