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May 23
2016
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2016

Where's the Aloha in That? 
Hawaiian Electric has asked the Public Utilities Commission to approve a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. The LNG would be imported from Tilbury Island in British Colombia and offloaded from a tanker in Mamala Bay. From there, the LNG would be delivered by a fleet of trucks to Oahu power plants, or driven to the harbor and shipped for burning on Maui and the Big Island. Hawaiian Electric's request is also tied to two other things: (1) approval of the NextEra merger; and (2) approval to spend more than $1.3 billion on retrofitting numerous power plants and other capital projects.
 
We agree with Governor Ige that LNG is a costly distraction:

LNG is a fossil fuel. LNG is imported. And any time or money spent on LNG is time and money not spent on renewable energy.

And very importantly, we will not put the neighborhoods of Pearl City, Waipahu, Iroquois Point, Ewa, Kapolei, Makakilo, Honokohai Hale and Ko Olina through years of permitting and siting battles for a fossil fuel plant.

So I have reached the conclusion that Hawaii does not need or want LNG in our future. It is time to focus all of our efforts on renewable energy and my administration will actively oppose the building of LNG facilities in Hawaii.

The LNG project will tie our future to importing massive quantities of fossil fuels for the next two decades or longer. But just as important, the LNG project will force us to keep exporting our environmental impacts instead of accelerating local solutions for clean energy.  
 
We will be responsible for emitting ton after ton of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Those greenhouse gases are causing disasters like sea level rise, which is already swallowing islands in the Pacific. 
 
We will be responsible for the destruction of land and water used for oil and gas drilling. A 2016 study showed how oil and gas drilling in Western Canada is creating man-made earthquakes.    
 
We will be complicit in the forces seeking to build huge LNG facilities proposed for places like Tilbury Island and around the world. One Canadian tribe unanimously voted to reject a $1 billion offer to build an LNG terminal that would have threatened the health of traditional fishing grounds.
 
Should Hawaii support the expansion of LNG?  Where's the aloha in that?  

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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016
 
 
Background: Proposed Laws to Accelerate Clean Energy Storage
Good news. Two energy storage bills have survived to the end of the legislative session.  
Bad news. Those two bills conflict with each other. Without your help, both may fail to even get a vote.
 
Senate Bill 2738 would raid the state's green energy loan fund to issue rebates when battery systems are installed at a home or business. This isn't the right approach. Money given away as rebates would never again be available for clean energy loans. The rebates would be limited only to energy storage using batteries. But there are other ways to store energy, such as in smart water heaters and air conditioners. We will be better off with more storage options.
 
House Bill 2291 would scale down the solar tax credits that have been so successful in moving Hawaii away from oil. Energy storage technologies would become eligible for the reduced tax credit. But we have a chicken and egg problem. The solar industry in Hawaii is facing severe limits on the amount of new solar energy it can install. Energy storage can help fix that situation, but scaling back renewable energy incentives could shrink the industry before more energy storage is installed. Moreover, this bill was originally slated to make sure that 100% renewable energy means 100% renewable energy, by closing a loophole that might allow for fossil fuel energy. The latest bill deleted that important fix.
 
Action Alert: Be Ready to Tell Legislators that you Support Energy Storage and 100% Clean Energy
In the coming week, a committee of senators and representatives will examine these two bills and try to reach agreement. Blue Planet needs support from a broad spectrum of residents and businesses, to let legislators know that Hawaii wants to accelerate energy storage and clean energy in a smart way.
 
We are working to build consensus on a bill that will:
  •  Provide tax credits to all types and sizes of clean energy storage
  •  Keep the state's green energy loan fund intact
  •  Close the fossil fuel loophole, and make sure that our 100% clean energy really means 100%
  •  Protect thousands of jobs and businesses in the solar energy industry

Stay tuned for an update from us on when and how you can make your voice heard!

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2016
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2016
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2016

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy