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Tax credits, not rebates, are best way to advance energy storage

  • Leslie Cole-Brooks is executive director of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Council of Hawaii, a nonprofit trade group focused on clean and sustainable energy for Hawaii.

Hawaii has entered new territory when it comes to reaching our renewable energy goals. If we’re going to rid ourselves of imported fossil fuels and truly achieve energy independence, we need to make our renewable energy sources work for us steadily around the clock — even when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Doing that requires energy storage, the key component that can allow us to make the most of the many indigenous energy sources available in Hawaii. Energy storage is key, but what is the best path forward? Read more

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