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Leidos: Hawaii Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program

I am very familiar with Hawaii Energy and the great work they are doing for the state. There is much to appreciate with this project, especially the way that existing conditions and economic realities are driving innovation. The amount of energy they have saved for the state is very impressive.

Since 2009, Leidos has administered the Hawaii Energy program, an electric ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaii, Honolulu, and Maui counties in the state under the direction of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Energy efficiency plays a key part in achieving the state’s goal of achieving a 100% renewable energy portfolio standard by 2045.

Hawaii has the highest energy prices in the country so this program is designed to empower residents to use less energy and lower their electric bills, ultimately reducing the state’s dependence on imported oil. Leidos, a defense company that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services, was selected by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to serve as the first-ever third-party administrator of its Public Benefits Fee, the collection of electric utility customer payments used to facilitate energy efficiency programs in Hawaii. The company oversees design and implementation of a wide range of commercial and residential rebate offers as well as training and educational clean energy initiatives.

Leidos regularly collaborates with trade, government and non-profit allies and clean-energy policy working groups to understand the local market, collect feedback and improve program design. Due to the program’s continued success, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission awarded Leidos additional funding in 2014 to expand market transformation efforts, including research on demand response, smart grids and electric vehicle charging.

Through a portfolio of financial incentives, education and training opportunities, and collaboration with key community organizations and leaders, Hawaii Energy reduced energy usage by 855,000 megawatt-hours and is projected to save customers in excess of $1.2 billion.

Every year, the Hawaii Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program achieves new clean energy goals. This past program year marked the introduction of the Clean Energy Ally program for industry professionals, which recruited and trained more than 220 individuals from 140 companies. In addition, Hawaii Energy increased the Peer Group Comparison program to reach 240,000 households while improving customer experience through the use of web-based services and enhanced tools. Hawaii Energy also established a Strategic Energy Management process to assist large institutional energy users in planning and executing effective energy management as a critical part of business operations.

Hawaii Energy aims to achieve the most energy savings per dollars spent for the best return of ratepayer funds of any previous efficiency program in the state. In the last six years, the energy-saving efforts of participants resulted in an estimated $965 million in electric bill savings. This is nearly 3 billion kilowatt-hours in energy savings, which is equivalent to five years of current photovoltaic generation or 90,000 electric vehicles driven for a year. In the last program year, tens of thousands of residents and businesses helped to achieve an estimated $443 million in lifetime electric bill savings or 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours, equal to eliminating 2.2 million barrels of oil or 1.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions — at a total program cost of 2.4 cents per kilowatt-hour.