Hawaii Not Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Legislation passed in 2004 requires electric utilities to meet a renewable portfolio standard of 15 percent for 2015 and a goal of 20 percent for 2020.

Published: 21-Jan-2006

Hawaii's utility companies have made advances in generating power from renewable energy sources, but those strides have not been enough to help the state reach renewable energy goals set by the 2004 Legislature, experts told lawmakers yesterday.

"We're using too much energy too fast to have the small improvements in renewables that we've been making catch up," said Kyle Datta, senior director for research and consulting at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit energy policy analysis group. "We're really just treading water."

Datta was among the members of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum who briefed lawmakers on the progress of renewable energy, energy efficiency and regulatory reform in Hawaii.


Wind power might run into competitive trouble against emerging clean coal technologies, but if carbon dioxide isn't taxed. Photo is simulation of future Waymart Wind Farm in Pennsylvania.


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