News Release: January 23, 2022


Hawaii Energy Identifies Clean Energy Opportunities For The State From Recent Passage Of Federal Infrastructure Legislation

Honolulu, Hawaii – On November 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Bill) into law, which provides $1 trillion in funding to be shared between states and local governments to support infrastructure improvements, including clean energy and transportation. After careful review and analysis, Hawaii Energy has identified specific clean energy opportunities for the state and local businesses.

“The passage of the Infrastructure Bill presents one of the most significant opportunities for our state to have access to billions of federal dollars that support much-needed infrastructure improvements, like clean energy and transportation,” said Brian Kealoha, executive director of Hawaii Energy. “In our role administering clean energy programs in the islands, we’ve taken the time to analyze what the legislation means for Hawaii and how our local businesses and non-profits could benefit.”

The following are the opportunities available for clean energy-related measures and improvements. A portion of the federal funding will go directly to state and government agencies through formula funding, while the remainder will be made available through competitive grants. The amounts below reflect funding for each program as a whole, as specific Hawaii allocations have yet to be identified.

Formula Funding

  • Electric Vehicle Formula Program ($5B) - Deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability.
  • Carbon Reduction Program ($6.4B) - A new Department of Transportation program established to invest in projects that support a reduction in transportation emissions.
  • Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Grant Program ($250M) – Revolving loan funds to assist residential and commercial building owners with conducting energy audits and making energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and facilities.
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program ($550M) - Reduce fossil fuel emissions and total energy use, and create jobs to implement and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program ($3.5B) - Enables low-income families to reduce their energy consumption by making their dwellings more energy efficient.

Competitive Grants

  • Cost-Effective Codes Implementation for Efficiency and Resilience ($225M) - Grants to enable cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes.
  • Building, Training, and Assessment Centers ($10M) - Grants to institutions of higher education to establish building training and assessment centers to educate and train building technicians and engineers on implementing modern building technologies.
  • Career Skills Training ($10M) - Grants to pay the Federal share of associated career skills training programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry-related certification to install energy efficient buildings technologies.
  • Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities ($500M) - Grants to make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools.
  • Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program ($50M) - Grants to provide nonprofit buildings with materials to improve their energy efficiency.
  • WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants ($400M) - Grants for projects to improve water and energy efficiency, including a $100M set aside for natural infrastructure projects.
  • Energy Auditor Training Grant Program ($40M) - Grants to train individuals to conduct energy audits or surveys of commercial and residential buildings.
  • Solar Energy Demonstration Projects ($80M) - Funding to demonstrate solar energy technologies.
  • Wind Energy Demonstration Projects ($100M) - Funding to demonstrate wind energy technologies.

Hawaii is estimated to receive at least $2.8 billion over the next five years, with approximately $1.5 billion slated for a variety of transportation projects. About $18 million of that funding will support the expansion on an EV charging network in the state, plus another $2.5 billion available in grants for EV charging.

“As we track the progress of the Infrastructure bill, we are available to support local businesses and non-profits for grant applications and funding distribution planning. We are also tracking the progress of the Build Back Better Bill, which includes energy efficiency-related funding opportunities,” added Kealoha.

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