Hawaii Plans for 70% Renewable Energy by 2030

Alt Dot Energy
October 22, 2008

Hawaii’s largest utility signed a major agreement on Monday which could finally
mean Hawaii becomes a leader in renewable energy with plans to produce 70% of
it’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. With abundant power available from
the wind, sun and ocean renewable energy experts have been very frustrated by
Hawaii’s dependence on foreign oil.

The governor oversaw the signing ceremony in which the state and federal
government and Hawaiian Electric agreed to get 70 percent of Hawaii’s energy
from renewable sources by 2030. The key is wind.

“Hawaii has world class wind that on those days we’ll be able to power as much
as we can use wind and then not have to use liquid fuels whose price is
completely out of control,” said Robert Alm, with Hawaiian Electric Company.

The power would come from wind farms proposed for Lanai and Molokai and
delivered by underwater cable to Oahu where it could provide one third of the electricity.

The cost is unknown but to make it possible the whole way customers pay for and
regulate energy had to change and everyone had to dream, plan and compromise.

“We put aside our different perspectives on issues to in order tor each our
common goal and we know it won’t be easy,” Gov. Linda Lingle said.

While consumers will benefit in the long run, there could be short-term price
increases. But, the electric company said it will offer ways for consumer to
dramatically cut their energy bills.

“The consumers for the first time can completely gain control over their energy
costs under this agreement,” Lingle said.

“You have the support of the people. It’s not going to be easy but we must do
it,” said Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Examples of that new power over power for consumers include discounts for
off-peak electricity and more incentives to put in solar water and electric and
even personal owned wind generators if customers wanted to.


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