Energy Transitions Initiative

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Through the Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its partners work to advance self-reliant island and remote communities through the development of resilient energy systems.

ETI provides a proven framework and technical resources and tools to help island and remote communities achieve their energy goals.

Learn how ETI, in collaboration with the Hawaii State Energy Office and with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, developed the Engage energy modeling tool to empower stakeholders to understand and engage in transformational energy decisions.

Islands Playbook

This action-oriented guide provides a readily available framework that any community can use to help successfully initiate, plan, and complete an energy transition. Read lessons learned featured in the Playbook from island communities that have reached their goals by implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Get energy information about islands in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the surrounding area, such as current electricity sector data, policies, and opportunities to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels through energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Learn more about tools and tailored trainings that can help islands identify pathways and make decisions about their energy goals and projects. 

The ETI Energy Scenario Tool helps communities analyze different pathways to meet a given energy transition goal by modeling the levelized cost of electricity for custom, user-defined scenarios of supply and demand. Download the tool and user guide. For step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool, watch the video.

State and local governments can use this tool to get basic energy market information needed to plan and implement energy projects. 

Read lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and find resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes.

Read lessons learned from the tornado in Greensburg, Kansas, and find resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from tornadoes.

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is working to transition Hawaii to a clean energy economy within a single generation. Read more about how HCEI's data-driven approach is helping to guide and inform other communities in advancing their energy transition intiatives.

 

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative 2008-2018
The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative 2008-2018 brochure celebrates 10 years of progress toward advancing Hawaii’s clean energy goals and highlights a successful partnership between the State of Hawaii and DOE.
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