Simply put, the goal of the Hawaiʻi Gas Clean Energy Plan is to balance the need to provide affordable, resilient and sustainable energy options for Hawaiʻi with the responsibility of reducing our company’s overall carbon footprint. We believe that reaching carbon neutrality by 2045 or sooner is achievable through decarbonization, diversification, innovation, and carbon offset programs that are outlined in a four-pronged plan. Hawaiʻi Gas is working toward that future and understands that achieving net-zero carbon emissions is our responsibility as an energy provider and steward of the environment.
At Hawaii Gas, our business is comprised of regulated utility, propane and clean energy investments that serve nearly 70,000 customers statewide. Our regulated utility fuel mix is comprised of primarily synthetic natural gas (SNG), up to 15% hydrogen blending and renewable natural gas (RNG) made locally, which is distributed via our pipeline infrastructure on Oahu. The business has propane storage and exclusive access to two propane barges to support its promise of reliable service for its customers. Particularly on the neighbor islands and in remote communities across the state, propane is an affordable, efficient and resilient energy choice for customers. According to the Clean Air Act (1990), propane is a clean energy source and not considered a greenhouse gas.
The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Hawaiʻi Gas’ fuels are relatively miniscule. Of the state’s total GHG emissions, petroleum and natural gas systems are amongst the lowest at 0.4% (Hawaii Gas’ portion is 0.3%) of the state’s total emissions. Comparatively, GHG levels reported to the EPA in the same time period include Waste 7%, Refineries 9% and Power Plants 82% in the state.