Hawaii Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracting

HAWAII is leading the U.S.A. for investment in energy saving performance contracting for public buildings - also aiming for 70 percent energy needs from clean energy sources by 2030.

Hawaii is ranked first according to the listing from the Energy Services Coalition, with the State’s overall energy saving investment exceeding $150 million.

Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC) uses guaranteed future savings on energy utility bills to pay for the investment in capital costs of facility energy efficiency improvements. The State Energy Office has been providing technical assistance on performance contracting to state agencies and the counties.

Governor Neil Abercrombie said: "This is exactly the type of investment that will propel the State of Hawaii toward our goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030.

"Energy savings performance contracting projects combined with other ambitious clean energy programs - such as the aggressive expansion of photovoltaic use at public school facilities - will further our State's energy independence and provide a strong catalyst for job growth."

One of the earlier projects undertaken was the energy efficiency upgrade of the State Capitol, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, State Judiciary, local hospitals, the county levels, and this years project started at the Department of Public Safety and the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.

Hawaii is also progressing with other Energy Savings Performance Contracting projects to further increase energy efficiency and reduce costs at state government buildings and facilities, with 28 state buildings set to be upgraded.

Picture of Hawaii State Capitol by cliff1066 reproduced under CCL.

Thursday 29th December 2011

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