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Time to Back Away From Oil

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Renewable energy must become the future for Hawaii. Just look at the facts: 89 percent of our energy is imported in oil of which 92 percent comes from Asia and the Middle East. This means Hawaii dollars are flowing out of the state for oil. Renewable energy keeps cash here.

Solar, geothermal and wind create local construction jobs, local maintenance jobs and spur new technology sectors. These projects use lands that have been uncommercialized, such as the First Wind (project) on Kaheawa valley ridge, Hawaii’s own Sopogy and their Keahole Solar Farm in a black lava field or the Ormat Puna Geothermal in a tropical rain forest, which has been operating for over 15 years.

We should absolutely give these kinds of projects priority over building another high-rise condo in Kakaako. One last consideration: The most recent blackout on Oahu. This was due to oil-fired generators going down in a conventional power plant. One unit trips, triggering a chain event that left the Island and our President-elect in the dark for over 10 hours. If the grid was supported by a portfolio of renewables, it could be better able to keep the lights on for certain key-need facilities like the airport.

Posted by “Andrew” via the Internet/ HawaiiBusiness.com

 

Hawaii Business magazine, Bank of Hawaii and Avis are proud to recognize this year’s winners and honorable mentions at the 3rd Annual SmallBiz Success Awards. This year’s event will be held on February 26 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel and it kicks off with an exclusive marketing seminar presented by Dr. Charles Steilen prior to the awards ceremony and dinner. To be a part of this year’s SmallBiz Success Awards, e-mail sbrsvp@hawaiibusiness.com for ticket information by February 12, 2009.

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