Hawaii Governor Unveils Long-Term Plan to Decrease Petroleum Dependence
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle unveiled a strategic energy plan for the state at a news conference January 12 in Honolulu. The governor claimed it was the most comprehensive energy plan in the state's history, and this year's abrupt price increases had spurred the state into action. "This comprehensive and timely energy plan provides 'homegrown' energy solutions today," she said, "which will create a secure energy and economic future for the people of Hawaii."
The main focus of the plan is to reduce imports of imported petroleum. With limited reserves of fossil fuels, Hawaii imports almost all of its petroleum from Asia. Lingle said the new plan would displace imports of 110 million barrels of crude oil by 2020, which would retain $6.3 billion in the state's economy.
The governor's office publishes four fact sheets, each explaining the details of her proposals (PDF 60 KB):
- Savings through Efficiency
- Independence Through Renewable Energy
- Fuels Through Farming
- Security Through Technology
- Empowering Hawaii's Consumers
Lingle held the press conference together with Ted Liu, director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT). Liu said, "The state's combination of abundant renewable resources, high fuel prices, limited geographic area, and recognized expertise in hydrogen technology R&D makes it an ideal location to lead ... the transition to a renewable energy-to-hydrogen economy." DBEDT also manages the State Energy Program for Hawaii.
For more information, see the governor's January 12 press release (PDF 42 KB).