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SAIC To Help Hawaii Use Less Energy

Outsourcer will work with authorities to reduce power consumption in the Aloha State.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has tapped Science Applications International Corp. for a multiyear contract under which SAIC will help the agency's efforts to make the state more energy efficient.

The deal runs through 2013, with an optional three-year extension. The first two years of the agreement are worth $38 million, according to SAIC.

Under the pact, SAIC becomes the program administrator for the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program, which seeks ways to reduce power consumption by businesses and households across the Hawaiian Islands.

"Improving and aggressively implementing energy efficiency programs are a top priority for the commission, the state, and of the entire country," said Carlito Caliboso, chairman of Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission, in a statement. "The selection of SAIC is a historic milestone in our energy efficiency efforts."

Electricity and fuel costs in Hawaii are the highest in the United States, and the state relies on imported oil for 90% of its energy needs.

SAIC plans to help Hawaii reduce power consumption through a range of initiatives, including the creation and administration of rebate programs and cooperative efforts with the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. "This new framework for energy efficiency will bring about higher overall energy savings and improve the cost-effectiveness of administering energy efficiency programs," said SAIC senior VP and general manager J.T. Grumski."It will also spur the introduction of innovative efficiency programs and increase customer choice and participation, helping residents of Hawaii save on their electricity bills."

SAIC, which posted $10.1 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year, focuses primarily on the government and defense sectors.

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