Governor of Hawaii supportive on geothermal development on the Big Island of Hawaii

Puna Geothermal Power Plant, Big Island, Hawaii (source:
Francisco Rojas 19 Mar 2015

Governor of Hawaii, David Ige is committed to 100 percent renewable generation for electricity in the state and geothermal plays a key role in his strategy.

Local news from Hawaii state that Gov. David Ige has big plans for Big Island. The local news source detail that he wants to achieve full renewable energy generation in order to cut costs among other issues.

“I am committed to 100 percent renewable generation for electricity in the state, and activities at Pacific Biodiesel are part of that conversation,” he said.

The same news source states that Ige’s predecessor, former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, was not shy about his position on geothermal energy, voicing support for it as an important resource for the state’s future energy needs. Asked about his stance, Ige said, “I do think, you know, we should go through the permitting processes.” Hawaii Electric Light Co. is working to begin a geothermal power project that would generate up to an additional 50 megawatts on Hawaii Island. Ige said finding investors interested in providing geothermal power to HELCO will be the first step.

“We just want to be certain that they go through all of the rules and regulations that are required for development of the geothermal resource, if the project should move forward,” he said.

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Source: West Hawaii Today