Hawaii’s Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables

Governor David Ige committed Hawaii to 100% generation of electricity from renewable sources by 2045. In the Governor’s judgement, the cost of solar panels and wind turbines has dropped low enough to make it more feasible, certainly in the long term, than liquefied natural gas.

Elsewhere, the Canadian city of Vancouver has made a similar commitment. The US state of Iowa is also pushing for 100% renewables. Political will and local demand are key to driving these kinds of commitment forward, but the decisions are also based on practicality.

Interestingly, the US military has backed the commitment in Hawaii. They see renewable sources of energy as more secure, because it delivers more consistent supply.

This runs counter to the popular image of solar and wind power – that they only work as long as the sun is shining and the wind blows – but the US military’s endorsement is a powerful statement.

Decentralisation of the power supply, furthered by improved storage capacity (such as H2Go Power’s storage solution), also seems like a good way to improve security. It would reduce reliance on the consistency of the grid, but also the centralised nature of the grid.

At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell. His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent renewables by 2045.