HONOLULU - The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) teamed up with the California PUC to work together to address climate change, and reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement was made at the Hawaii Energy Conference underway on Maui.

“This MOU establishes a framework for Hawaii’s and California’s Commissions to share information and best practices with the mutual goals of decarbonization, the development and deployment of innovative technologies and planning in the energy and transportation sectors to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and promote clean energy, improve reliability, and obtain cost benefits for ratepayers," said James “Jay” Griffin, Chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

According to a press release, California and Hawaii have committed to:

  • Addressing climate change and limiting global warming emissions to less than two degrees Celsius by the end of this century.
  • Development and use of low and zero-carbon technologies in the energy and transportation industries to meet each state’s aggressive clean energy goals and achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible and no later than 2045.
  • The promotion of carbon offset programs.
  • Support for energy planning processes that recognize the ability of low-carbon resources to provide reliability and cost-effective benefits, while fostering new technology and innovation.
  • Promotion of cost-effective conservation and demand response.
  • Advancement of infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions in the energy and transportation sectors.

The conference continues Thursday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

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