Hawaii plans on being the first state with 100% green energy!

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Hawaii has the most expensive electricity in the nation, and is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels per capita. With abundant sunshine, powerful winds, waves, heavy rainfall and volcanic heat and geothermal power, this is about to change.

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The bill that was passed by the Hawaii Legislature last week is not purely altruistic. Hawaii is a very long way from anywhere, and needs to import all it’s fossil fuels. The bill now only needs to be approved by the governor for Hawaii to be on track to becoming  the first state in the US to run entirely on sustainable energy sources.  “This is a significant step in our effort toward reducing Hawaii’s dependence on expensive imported oil and putting the state on the path toward greater energy, environmental and economic security,” said Hawaii State Energy Office administrator, Mark Glick.

This is the agenda Hawaii has set for converting to green electricity:

  • 10 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2010;
  • 15 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2015;
  • 30 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2020;
  • 40 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2030;
  • 70 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2040;
  • 100 percent of its net electricity sales by December 31, 2045.

The goals seem realistic, as Hawaii is currently running 23% renewables, and 2015 isn’t over yet. Mahalo, Hawaii!

 

 

 

Via: Huffpost green

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