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March 08, 2016

Bill would retool law on 100% renewable energy

Categories: Energy

This story appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 8, 2016

By Kathryn Mykleseth

The House is expected to pass a bill today that would close a loophole in the definition of the state’s “100 percent renewable energy goal” and prevent Hawaii electric utilities from using any fossil fuel beyond 2045.

The often-touted 100 percent renewable goal that Gov. David Ige signed into law last year is not 100 percent. It actually leaves room for the continued use of oil beyond 2045 because of the way the percentage is calculated.

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