Hawaii on its way to 100% energy from renewable sources

Hawaii on its way to 100% energy from renewable sources

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The project includes an offshore wind farm near Oahu. The effort is also aimed at reducing the high energy costs due to the shipments of raw materials to the island

Hawaii is aiming for 100% renewable energy by 2045. To reach this goal, the idea is to develop a vast offshore wind farm. The area in question is along the coastline of Oahu, for which a federal plan has issued a lease. The “100% green” objective was decided in 2013 and, according to studies, this wind farm is an essential piece to the puzzle. Local institutions have also opened up a constructive line of communication with the communities interested in - and also a bit scared by – the project, to take questions and suggestions in the development of the structure that could significantly cut energy costs for all involved. In fact, currently, Hawaii residents have the highest energy bills in the US, due to the cost of fossil fuel transportation to the island. This project would represent the first offshore plant is US history: the previous project in 2001 was blocked by the opposition of local communities in Cape Cod and it is under appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Court.