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Hawaiian Electric highlights decarbonization efforts, volunteerism on Earth Day

Hawaiian Electric, on Earth Day, is reaffirming its commitment to help build more resilient communities and decarbonize energy systems across its five-island service territory.

Since 2010, Hawaiian Electric has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24%, the company highlighted in its 
2020-21 Sustainability Report. The company also used 107 million fewer gallons of oil in 2020 compared to 2008. And it achieved a 35% consolidated renewable portfolio standard last year, exceeding the state mandate of 30%. That’s more than triple the 9% RPS reported in 2010.

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To support decarbonization, 3.7 million solar panels are in use across Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County. Several more solar-plus-storage projects are expected to come online over the next few years. And Hawaiian Electric continues to offer ways to make it quicker and simpler for customers to install and interconnect rooftop solar.

Hawaiian Electric employees also are committed to improving the environment through safe pandemic- and family-friendly community service projects. On Oahu, many employees are participating in family pod beach cleanups, recycling and tree planting.

Here are some other ways Hawaiian Electric and its employees are celebrating Earth Month and continuing efforts to support sustainability:
    Among many proud sponsors of Kanu Hawaii’s Volunteer Week Hawaii, April 18-24, which aims to build more resilient communities and encourage individuals and groups to care for the aina (land), keiki (children) and kupuna (seniors) through volunteerism. Read Hawaiian Electric’s Medium blog to learn how you can participate.
    Corporate grants totaling $60,000 awarded to four environmental nonprofit organizations – Blue Planet Foundation, Coral Reef Alliance, Hawaii Environmental Restoration and The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii – which are working to protect and preserve Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources. For example, Hawaiian Electric supports Coral Reef Alliance’s efforts to implement restoration projects reducing sediment in West Mauiʻs nearshore marine environment, and transition the Puako community from cesspools to improved wastewater treatment on Hawaii Island. Learn more here.
    Support of nonprofits East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Invasive Species Committee, Molokai Land Trust, SHARKastics, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter, The Maui Farm and Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers Hawaiian Islands for their environmental sustainability efforts in commemoration of the company’s 100th year serving Maui County.
    Sponsored and participated in the County of Hawaii’s recent virtual Sustainability Summit. Leaders from diverse sectors came together to start conversations on topics including climate change/resilience, economy, energy, environment, food security, mobility, sustainable agriculture and sustainable tourism.
    Employees invited to join the “Meatless Monday” movement, a global initiative to cut out meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Adopting a meatless lifestyle can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, among other benefits. For meatless recipe ideas, check out Hawaiian Electric video cooking demos with Chef Paul Onishi at facebook.com/hawaiianelectric. Learn how Chef Paul “veganized” recipes from The Electric Kitchen and how he started his meatless journey.



About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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