The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle have established the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a long-term partnership designed to accelerate the transformation of Hawaii into one of the world's first economies based primarily on clean energy resources.

"With an abundance of natural resources and environmental treasures, Hawaii is the ideal location to showcase the broad benefits of renewable energy at work on an unprecedented scale," --Andy Karsner, DOE's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.