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June 11, 2015
By: Wayne Yoshioka / Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2

Hawaii First in the Nation to Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

The Governor signed four energy-related bills into law today, establishing the state as a leader in renewable sources for power.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Hawai’i is now the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy requirement for electricity generation by 2045. Governor David Ige signed the measure into law and said it raises the renewable percentage levels for all utilities going forward.

House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee Chair Chris Lee introduced the measure. Lee said setting a 100% renewable goal was a necessary step to reduce electricity costs for consumers.

The Blue Planet Foundation has been working for 8 years to wean Hawai’i off its reliance on fossil fuels.   Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers says there’s much work to be done.

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