Hawaii to Boost the Usage of Geothermal Power

The Hawaiian Islands annually spend more than 1bn (€779m) dollars on foreign oil

By Oana Grigoras on January 5th, 2012 15:15 GMT

Residents and companies from the Hawaiian Islands pay huge electricity bills although the region has everything it needs to increase the usage of renewable power.

Cost-effective geothermal energy could be the answer in this case, helping people pay less for what they use. At this point in time, incentives are much needed to accomplish this goal, Clean Technica informs.

“Hawai‘i County should aim and commit to being 100 percent renewable.Federal, state, county, community, we’re all in this together. We all recognize our commitment to our children and future generations and the quality of life on Hawai‘i Island,” stated Mayor Kenoi.

Nowadays, the overall energy demand reaches up to 185-MW. A recent study issued by the Geothermal Working Group highlights the fact that the Hawaiian Islands have enough potential to satisfy the request while only exploiting alternative, geothermal resources, that could manage to supply the region with up to 700-MW of eco-friendly power.

Also, the same report indicates that governmental support is an essential factor in the development of long-term strategies meant to reduce the amount of foreign oil imported, make electricity bills shrink and help the Hawaiian Islands generate their own energy.

Such a path could be followed to green up the area, lowering the harmful coal and oil dependency, while triggering considerable monetary advantages.

“On this island we spend over a billion dollars every year to import oil for our energy needs here on the island,That money can stay right here to build a better community,” explained Wallace Ishibashi, co-chair of the Geothermal Working Group.

Boosting the popularity of the renewable sector could be a solid bet in the near future, mostly since this method has already provided good results.

So far, there is one geothermal power plant opened in Hawai’i since 1993, delivering up 30MW of clean green energy without compromising air quality.
Larderello Geothermal Station, in Italy
   Larderello Geothermal Station, in Italy
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