The primary aim of this study is to understand the benefits and barriers which might be associated with the introduction of PHEV technology to Hawaii. This analysis illustrates that PHEV’s represent a much larger and more pervasive strategic opportunity than is generally appreciated in the State. Specific interests that guided our research were:
- To estimate the impacts which relatively modest PHEV penetration rates might have on Hawaii’s GHG emission and fuel substitution goals.
- To determine whether PHEV’s could be introduced to Hawaii without triggering major generating capacity additions.
- To consider whether PHEV’s might play a role in optimizing the use of renewable wind resources that might otherwise be un-usable.
- To assess the role of PHEV’s in the Hawaii’s attempt to control GHG emissions.