Hawaii Governor unveils energy program for state airports to save USD518 million

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii airports will be modernized with the latest in energy-efficient and green technology, providing a high-impact solution for the administration of Hawaii State Governor Aberc

Hawaii Governor unveils energy program for state airports to save USD518 million

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii airports will be modernized with the latest in energy-efficient and green technology, providing a high-impact solution for the administration of Hawaii State Governor Abercrombie to aggressively pursue a goal of 70 percent clean energy use for the state of Hawaii by 2030.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday unveiled an unprecedented energy efficiency program for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Airports Division that will cut energy use by 49 percent, saving at least US$518 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

“These important upgrades at our airports will help Hawaii reach its clean energy goals,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “This project is a long-term investment, which will cut the energy use at our airports nearly in half, reduce our dependence on imported energy sources, provide savings on future energy costs and add jobs to our economy.”

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The project will deliver results by replacing 372 transformers and 74,500 light fixtures, installing 9,100 solar photovoltaic panels; and include upgrades and replacement of chilled water and air conditioning systems, installation of smart controls, and deferred maintenance such as roof repairs to accommodate the upgrades. The $150 million contract was awarded to Johnson Controls through a state competitive procurement process for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).

“This important project is part of a strategy and vision to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency,” said DOT Director Glenn M. Okimoto. “DOT will make a large impact since the state airports system is the third largest consumer of electricity in Hawaii. This project will save the state millions of dollars and it will serve as a model for other state agencies.”

“Energy efficiency is Hawaii’s cleanest, fastest, and cheapest clean energy resource,” said Jeff Mikulina, CEO of Blue Planet Foundation, an organization working to clear the path for clean energy in Hawaii. “Every kilowatt hour avoided is fossil fuel that we don’t import–and carbon pollution that we don’t export.”

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