Hawaii Governor calls for offshore wind solution

by James Bernthal-Hooker in 07/02/2020 Hawaii Public Radio

The Governor of Hawaii has called for enhanced renewable energy development in his state.  In discussion with a local radio station, Governor David Y. Ige, who is in his second term, said that photovalic solar would not be sufficient to allow the state to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045, which is Hawaii’s goal.

There is, according to the governor, extensive support for more renewable energy, although marine-based options such as wave and offshore wind technology are considered less attractive locally. However, he believes these need to be explored as there is not enough land for photovalic technology alone to meet the need.

There are currently three unsolicited proposals for floating wind off Hawaii and two potential lease zones which have received interest. However, conflicts with military seabed stakeholders have led to uncertainty around any timetable for offshore energy activity in Hawaii.

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