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Hawaii Sources The 'Spirit Of Aloha' In Pursuit Of 100% Renewable Energy

By Maria Cook

It is natural, when thinking about renewable energy, to think of the future. The concept of large-scale, renewable power has often been portrayed as a far-off dream, not something that can be accomplished in the very near future. This is in spite of the fact that many places--entire U.S. cities or states, in some cases--have committed to producing energy through entirely renewable means. 

One such state is the island paradise of Hawaii. In 2015, Governor David Ige signed the landmark bill HB623 into law, ensuring that by 2045, 100 percent of Hawaii's electrical energy would be produced via renewable resources. This was particularly good news for Hawaiian citizens, as current electrical costs across all of Hawaii's islands are high. Hawaii has long been the U.S.'s most petroleum-dependent state, relying on petroleum for 80 percent of its electrical energy.