Hawaii is a leader in renewable energy
Hawaii is emerging as one of the top harvesters of renewable energy, according to the Hawaii Reporter. Maurice Kaya of the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture tells the news source that the state is on pace to gather 70 percent of its energy from clean sources like wind, solar, geothermal and biofuel by 2030.
Given Hawaii's geographic isolation, renewable energy sources are essential. Economic issues and other factors can drive the price and availability of energy sources, especially oil.
Because residents of Hawaii already pay high prices for fossil fuels compared to other states, the advantage of renewable, clean energy sources on the islands is as much about saving money as it is about conserving the environment.
"This is a matter of energy security for us," Kaya told the publication.
According to the Huffington Post, the new debt agreement announced in Washington recently will have an impact on funding of renewable energy sources. Because of the federal financial woes, states will not be tasked with keeping clean energy programs running. Some of the most significant renewable energy programs have been conducted recently in Connecticut, Oregon and Massachusetts, the news source reports.