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August 25, 2015

Crutch or Bridge? Panel Debates Using Liquefied Natural Gas in Hawaii

Categories: Energy

Hawaiian Electric and Hawaii Gas praise the prospects of LNG while Ulupono offers words of caution, all a day after Gov. Ige announced his opposition to it.

This story appeared in Civil Beat on Aug. 25, 2015 

By. Nathan Eagle

Hawaii Gas and Hawaiian Electric Co. executives stood firm Tuesday in their support of liquefied natural gas as the transitional fuel the state needs to achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045, touting its financial efficiency and environmental attributes.

Ron Cox of HECO and Joseph Boivin of Hawaii Gas served on a panel with Blake Blackwell of Excelerate Energy and Kyle Datta of Ulupono Initiative, taking up the issue of LNG on the second day of the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo.

Their 90-minute discussion, moderated by John Pierce of Perkins Coie, came after Gov. David Ige announced his opposition to LNG on the first day of the three-day conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

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