ulu o ka lā
(the growth of the sun)
Hawaiʻi has an ambitious goal: Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative says that by then all the state’s electricity must come from renewable energy sources, such as biofuel, geothermal, hydroelectricity, ocean energy, solar and wind. Great news! But a big challenge. Hawaiʻi is the most fossil fuel-dependent state in the country. About 80% of our energy comes from imported oil.
But things are looking up. Hawaiʻi was the first state to adopt a 100% renewable energy goal. And we’ve come a long way since adopting the Clean Energy Initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008. At that time, according to Hawaiian Electric Industry, Inc., only 9% of the state’s energy was renewable. Today about 27% of our energy is renewable.
Renewable energy organizations and companies across Hawaiʻi are leading the way to our renewable future. These organizations and companies have introduced innovative renewable energy programs and created inspiring educational resources, student energy summits, home energy challenges and carbon fee and dividend proposals. Check out their amazing resources, and get plugged into the fossil fuel-free movement. Let’s give fossil fuels the boot!