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By Jeff Siegel
all over the world, and without a doubt, there is no place more
beautiful than Hawaii, particularly the island of Kauai.
The weather, the ocean, the rain forests, the food – it just
doesn’t get any better.
Although if state lawmakers get their way, there could soon be a
cherry on top for renewable energy supporters.
As recently reported in Greentech Media …
Lawmakers in Hawaii passed legislation last week (in a 74-2
vote) requiring the state to generate 100 percent of its
electricity from renewable energy resources by 2045. If HB 623
is signed into law by Governor David Ige, Hawaii will become the
first U.S. state to attempt complete decarbonization of the
Today, Hawaii’s energy mix is more than 80 percent fossil fuel,
with oil providing the majority of electricity generation on the
Now I’ll be the first to admit, I find free market solutions
superior to mandates and legislation. In a real free market, the
government wouldn’t even be necessary in this situation. The
better mousetraps – in this case, solar, wind and energy
efficiency, would quickly replace the islands’ heavy dependence on
Of course, to assume there’s a free market in energy is not a
safe assumption to make.
I won’t get into all of that here, but if you’re a regular reader
of these pages, you know full well that the oil and gas industry
has long enjoyed extremely generous subsidies – both direct and
indirect. And it is for this reason that renewables in Hawaii have
faced such a long, uphill battle.
But with renewables enjoying a rapid decrease in production
costs, even the unleveled playing field that exists in the world
of energy won’t be enough to stop this clean energy juggernaut.
A Great Opportunity
The fact is, Hawaii has access to some of the greatest renewable
energy resources in the world – solar, wind, tidal, and
geothermal. The fact that 80 percent of the state’s energy mix is
more than 80 percent fossil fuel-based is despicable. It
highlights a long-standing exercise in complacency that has been
facilitated by lawmakers, corporate interests and the relationship
between the two.
In any event, if this bill becomes law, we will see a great
opportunity for a number of publicly-traded solar companies,
including, but not limited to …
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