Wednesday, February 17, 2016

USA, Hawaii: 100% Renewable Energy by 2045 Will Include More Geothermal

Hawaiian Electric submits interim status report on power supply improvement plans (News Release)

The Hawaiian Electric Companies today submitted an interim status report on plans for a diverse mix of energy resources to meet the state's 100 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2045.

The interim report, requested by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), is a snapshot of the ongoing analysis in the planning process to submit updated Power Supply Improvement plans to the PUC by April 1, 2016. The filing includes the preliminary results of extensive computer modeling to analyze different combinations of energy resources, with further work to be done. A recommended preferred plan and a proposed five-year action plan for each of the five islands served by the Hawaiian Electric Companies will be included when the updated Power Supply Improvement plans are filed in April.

Preliminary work suggests that Hawaii could be powered by 100 percent renewable generation for electricity by 2045, phasing out oil and coal along the way and adding to a diverse renewable energy mix that could include more energy from distributed resources like rooftop photovoltaic systems, utility-scale renewable generation including solar and wind, some of it potentially located off-shore, geothermal, biomass and biofuels.

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