Sustainability Series: What Colorado Can Learn from Hawaii: State Action on Energy & Climate
Join us for a conversation with Representative Chris Lee from Hawaii about his state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and its rooftop solar policies. In June 2015, Hawaii became the first state in the US to enact a 100% RPS, which requires that all of the state’s electricity sales come from renewable sources by 2045. Representative Lee introduced the bill that led to the state’s RPS and serves as Chair of Hawaii’s House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. We’ll hear how Hawaii enacted this standard and how implementation is going so far. Hawaii is also a step ahead of other states in grappling with rooftop solar policies. As of early 2016, 32% of single-family homes on Oahu had solar PV systems installed on their rooftops. Faced with grid stability issues, in late 2015 the state ended net energy metering (NEM) for new solar customers and implemented two new tariff options. Colorado energy leaders will join Representative Lee for a conversation about how these and other policies might apply in Colorado.
The Sustainability Series (“S2”) is a collaboration between the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs (“Wirth Chair”) and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (“ASC”). The purpose of the S2 is to provide a forum for the discussion of ideas, principles, and strategies to enhance social, economic, and environmental sustainability.