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Navy paves way forward on renewable energy

09/25/19 07:35 PM

CNRH Environmental Public Affairs Office 

September 24, 2019         Release # 19-018

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii – Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick convened a meeting with local leaders to discuss energy security and renewable energy on Sept. 23, 2019.

In attendance were the Hawaii State Energy Office, City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, and Hawaiian Electric (HECO). Discussions included increasing renewable energy on-island, reducing taxpayer expense for energy, and collaborating on moving transportation on-island to 100% renewable power.

Energy resilience for Hawaii is critical to force projection, freedom of the seas and the future of the world’s blue-water economy, according to Chadwick.

"We discussed working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City and County of Honolulu to support energy resilience, reduce climate emissions and promote resilient communities," said Chadwick.

The Navy is planning an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) at JBPHH to provide whole-base energy resilience, which will help address critical energy security gaps. Other benefits include energy resilience, meeting the state’s renewable energy goals, increasing energy availability to maintain JBPHH operations during localized or island-wide outages, and ensuring Navy missions are not compromised in times of conflict. Maintaining reliability is critical to both local and national security.

The recent energy discussion follows earlier collaborations to promote resilience. A 2014 MOU with the State and Coast Guard provides community support during emergency conditions for use of JBPHH to offload critical cargo in the event that Honolulu Harbor is unavailable. Cargo offloading at Honolulu Harbor provides for over 80% of critical goods necessary for survival in the entire State—not just Oahu.

The Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency is a City Charter-mandated agency created to respond to increasing climate change, resilience and other sustainability challenges on-island. "We look forward to being a strong partner in helping support the Oahu Resilience Strategy and developing a durable framework with our partners from HECO, the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaii State Energy Office," said Chadwick.