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March 12, 2015
By: Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress.org

Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040.


Maui as seen from the International Space Station | Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ISS038-E-032755.

Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040.



Earlier this month, committees in the Hawaii House and Senate both unanimously recommended bills that would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from the current target of 70 percent by 2030 to the ultimate goal of 100 percent by 2040. Hawaii has had an RPS since 2001, and right now the state gets just over 21 percent of its power from renewable sources — a 12 percent increase in just six years.


“Even our utility is saying we can hit 65 percent by 2030, so 100 percent is definitely doable,” Sen. Mike Gabbard (D), sponsor of the Senate bill, SB 2181, and chair of Hawaii’s Energy and Environment Committee, told ThinkProgress. “This is huge for our state’s future. Each year, we spend $3 to $5 billion importing fossil fuels to power our economy. Our electricity bills are roughly three times the national average.”


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