DOD Hawaii Share Ambition to Adopt Renewables

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s bold plan to supply 100 percent of the state’s electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2045 has been embraced by residents, the state’s major utility and one key stakeholder — the military.DOD installations have been striving to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for more than a decade, so it’s hardly surprising the military supports Hawaii’s initiative. The state’s plan can be expected to reinforce the Pentagon’s drive to reduce its vulnerability to interruptions in the commercial grid, especially since about 50 percent of the electricity generated in Hawaii is used to power military installations, reports the Nation.One specific risk the state’s shift to renewables should address is the danger posed by tsunamis and rising sea levels stemming from climate change. All of the state’s energy plants are located on the islands’ coasts, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, told the audience at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit in Honolulu this week.The planned 50-megawatt, biofuel-capable, power generation plant at Schofield Barracks would be Hawaii’s only energy plant built inland, Simpson said.  The department also is hoping to partner with the state and entrepreneurs to develop new technologies that will ease the adoption of renewables, according to the story.last_img

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