If all goes according to plan, 100% of Hawaii's electricity will be generated by renewable sources by 2045 — which would make it the first U.S. state to take a plunge of this magnitude. The bill was passed by the Hawaii Legislature last week, and now awaits Governor David Ige's approval.
Climate Central has more:
The state’s goal, according to the bill, is to stop importing fuel. The state imports about 93 percent of all its energy, making its residential electric power rates among the most expensive in the nation — about 175 percent of the U.S. average ...
Under the state’s Clean Energy Initiative, Hawaii could generate “clean” energy from hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, ocean wave and tidal action, wind, solar and other energy sources.
It's a pretty ambitious goal but Hawaiian officials believe they really can get it done by 2045. And things are looking good so far. The state is apparently already further along than expected toward its goal of becoming 40% renewable by 2030.
Let's hope the rest of the country takes a page (or five) out of Hawaii's book.
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