Hawaii’s 100% renewables requirement makes history

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This week, Hawaii made history with its enactment of a law requiring that all of the state’s electricity be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045. With the new policy, Act 97, Hawaii becomes the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable requirement.

President Obama, who was born in Honolulu, even tweeted about it. The legislation was drafted by Blue Planet Foundation, whose mission is to clear the path for 100 percent clean energy. Blue Plant also led the grassroots campaign to pass the bill, which included the support of more than 500 students statewide who sent letters and illustrations to lawmakers.

 The new law also increases an interim requirement, targeting at least 30 percent renewable electricity by 2020. Failure to achieve the new standards could cost Hawaii utilities two cents for each kilowatt-hour of excess fossil fuel electricity.

Some think Hawaii can achieve 100 percent renewable energy even before 2045, as the state has consistently been ahead of its clean energy goals for more than a decade. Hawaii’s renewable energy use has doubled in the past five years, with the islands currently generating about 22 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy resources.

“This week we put an expiration date on fossil fuel use,” said Henk Rogers, president of Blue Planet Foundation. “Hawaii is sending a signal to the world that 100 percent renewable energy isn’t just a vision, it’s a commitment.”


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