Every year, Hawaii spends $5 billion to import 36 million barrels of crude oil, making it the most fossil fuel-dependent state in the U.S. Due in large part to the state’s reliance on imported sources of energy, Hawaii residents pay 2.5 - 3x more on their electricity bills than consumers living in the mainland.
Not only is this practice expensive, it pollutes our environment. More than 1.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals are released into Hawaii’s air annually as byproducts during petroleum or coal refining, processing and combustion. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that many of these chemicals cause cancer and lead to cardiovascular, developmental, hematological, neurological, renal and reproductive disorders.
Wind energy is the most economical source of renewable energy and will provide our island with a clean, infinite source of energy that doesn’t harm our environment or pollute the air we breathe. Wind is also an essential part of the renewable energy mix needed to meet Hawaii’s 100 percent renewable energy goal.
Benefits of wind energy:
Wind requires less land than solar farms and other types of renewable energy.
Wind allows for continued use of surrounding space for grazing cattle or growing crops.
Wind is a clean, infinite source of power.
Wind energy can be generated at any time of day or night, unlike solar, which is only generated during the day.
Wind is the most economical source of renewable energy.
Wind supports Hawaii’s energy security and will increase our energy reliability and affordability.
Wind is produced locally and provides an independent source of power for Hawaii.
Did You Know?
It would take the entire surface area of Nanakuli to create the same amount of energy using solar. That includes parks, roads, homes and yards.
Solar requires flat, affordable, open property that is growing increasingly hard to come by in Hawaii without displacing important agricultural operations and impacting Hawaii’s food security. It also requires significantly more land to produce the same amount of energy.
Rooftop solar is currently a limited renewable energy resource for Oahu residents. An increase in rooftop panels connected to the grid put significant pressure on Oahu’s constrained electric grid, putting its reliability at risk. This strain forced the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to cap the number of new customers allowed to install solar panels that feed electricity back into the grid through the Net Energy Metering program in 2015.