Hawaii’s Governor Calls for More Geothermal Power

by Henry Kaplan | Jul 03, 2014 |

Renewable energy thrives in remote communities, far from widespread power grids and infrastructure. From Hawaii to Alaska to the Caribbean, these distant communities are hungry for new sources of energy. They push the technology forward. And as the technology moves forward, new sources of energy open up new parts of the world to live and work in.

The latest step: Hawaii’s governor is pushing for geothermal energy development on Hawaii’s big island.

"I realize that there's been discussion and interest and varying views, but with respect to the utilization (of geothermal), I hope that conversation can come to a quick conclusion," he said as he prepared to sign a geothermal bill into law.

Senate Bill 2953 guarantees that 100 percent of royalties for using geothermal resources on Hawaiian Home Lands will be paid to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1lTFy03) reported.

Abercrombie said he hopes it's an incentive for the Public Utilities Commission to move forward on "incredible" Big Island geothermal resources.

Right now, Hawaii has only one geothermal power plant, but work is already beginning on a second, even before this new bill has been signed.

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