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Local utilities: We're on board with Obama's emissions goals

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:27 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

Officials from Hawaii’s two electric utilities say they are already working toward the goals outlined by President Barrack Obama Tuesday to limit carbon pollution  from fossil fuel power plants.

“We’re committed to implementing solutions to comply with all federal and state regulations governing emissions from our facilities. Key to that is increasing renewable energy to reduce fossil fuel use,” according to a prepared statement from Hawaiian Electric Co. The utility estimated that more than 18 percent of the electricity it generates this year will come from renewable sources, ahead of its goal of 15 percent by 2015.

On Kauai a flurry of solar, biomass and new hydroelectric projects either completed or on the drawing board are projected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 50,000 tons, or 19 percent, by 2020, according to the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The island is already home to a 6-megawatt solar facility, the largest in the state. Two more 12-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects are in the pipeline.

The Honolulu-based Blue Planet Foundation welcomed Obama’s announcement. “In Hawaii, we pay twice for the oil our power plants burn—once to import it and again for each pound of carbon absorbed into our atmosphere and ocean,” said Blue Planet CEO Jeff Mikulina. “Establishing limits to carbon pollution addresses this cost, creating greater accountability for our fuel choices and encouraging a more responsible energy future.”

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SteveToo wrote:
This president is out to ruin this country. King Obama is going to make all the rules. Beware of this man. Will there really be an election in 2016? Perhaps the "King" will sign an Executive order making him president for life.
on June 25,2013 | 05:54PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Why? You like to breath in dirty air?
on June 25,2013 | 06:46PM
kekolohe wrote:
I wish they would have talked about the AES coal-burning plant.
on June 25,2013 | 06:15PM
AndrewWalden wrote:
March 19, 2013: Coal Plant Shutdown raises HECO rates 9% April 23, 2013: Coal Plant Re-Starts, Oahu Electric Rates Drop 7% http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/9981/Obama-Climate-Policy-Poor-Will-be-Hardest-Hit.aspx
on June 25,2013 | 06:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Better to spend the 9% on clean fuel for clean air, then to spend on medical bills to treat the pulmonary disease.
on June 25,2013 | 06:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
i doubt most people care. I think they would rather have all coal power to see their electric bills as low as possible people only care about the upfront cost
on June 26,2013 | 08:21AM
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