Policy - 09/May/2018

Hawaii bets on solar power

Battered by years of high energy prices due to heavy dependence on imported oil, Hawaii has been moving aggressively to take advantage of the declining cost of renewables.

The Hawaii legislature in 2015 set a goal of producing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, up from the current 27%. The political will to achieve this is strong and while the transition is raising some tough questions, progress seems to be taking place. New research advocates a system with solar as its backbone as the best solution, while a breakthrough in utility planning suggests a détente in the long-running battle between policy makers and Hawaii’s main utility. ...

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