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The state auditor has no idea what the Hawai'i State Energy Office does and why they're over budget."The audit was to answer basically two questions -- what does the State Energy Office do and how well do they do it? We weren't able to get complete answers to either of those very straightforward questions," said State Auditor Les Kondo.Kondo is being pretty straightforwardHe says he's not sure how the State Energy Office can keep operating A recently released audit found the office burned through federal stimulus funds that started in 2009 and is currently spending around $600,000 more than its receiving."We don't believe that they can sustain that level of spending given their current level of revenues, so one of our recommendations is that the Energy Office needs to do short-range and long-range financial planning," said Kondo.The Energy Office says it's needed in part because it has assisted a number of agencies reduce their energy use since 1996, which will result in an estimated savings of $1.2 billion in electricity costs over the life of the installations.State RepChris Lee says Hawaii is on track to meeting its clean energy goals  He is hopeful the state will be able to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2045 Lee says the Energy Office needs to find a way to fill gaps in the statewide initiative."Nobody's really tied together pieces of the puzzle which includes transportation and EVs and all of these other things together so that we can have a cohesive energy policy that can be executed efficiently and reduced cost for everybody and that something that needs to be done the Energy Office is one of the places that could and should be doing this," said RepLee. 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