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Hawaii plans 100% renewable energy future

Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii, US (source: flickr/ snowpeak, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 8 May 2015

Hawaii passes House Bill 623 sating that the archipelago’s power grids must deliver 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of 2045.

Good news for renewables and geothermal from Hawaii where a new pice of legislation has been passed and  “according to House Bill 623, the archipelago’s power grids must deliver 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of 2045. If the compromise bill is signed by the governor as expected, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to set a date for the total decarbonization of its power supply. ” said a local news source.

Renewables have been on the rise in the last decade in the archipelago and for a good reason since imported fossil fuels increase the price of electricity to consumers and business. The aforementioned source states that Hawaii’s push for 100 percent renewables is propelled by a blend of economic, social, and environmental factors.

It is worth mentioning that solar, hydro  and wind are key parts of Bill 623, yet geothermal has a fundamental role for the development of renewable energy thanks to its base-load capability.

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Source: IEEE Spectrum