September 18, 2015|Clark Realty|Legislative Updates: State of Hawaii, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living
Hawaii's Energy Challenges
As the most geographically isolated island chain on the planet, Hawaii is the most fossil-fuel dependent state in the country. More than 40 million barrels of oil are imported into Hawaii every year just to meet our energy production needs. Regardless of which island they live on, Hawaii residents pay substantially more for utilities such as electricity as well as gasoline. Although kilowatt rates vary by island, Hawaii residents on average pay 30.84 cents per kilowatt, nearly three times the average U.S. mainland cost of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour.
However, Hawaii is also blessed with abundant opportunities for using renewable clean energy given our year-round sunshine, trade winds, geothermal activity, and other natural resources. In fact, many Hawaii Island residents live “off grid”, meaning all their energy and water are supplied from renewable energy, including water catchment, solar... Read More
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