Hawaii moves closer to meeting clean energy goals

Hawaii is aiming to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015.
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Hawaii is aiming to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. 

Hawaii faces a crucial year as it moves closer to meeting its self-imposed mandate of generating 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015.

Energy industry officials say the state is already at 13 percent and has projects in place to move another 2 percentage points.

But uncertainty over the future of solar-energy tax credits could slow down the fastest-growing renewable-energy sector.

“It does look like we are on track to be 15 percent clean energy by 2015,” said Mark Glick, administrator for the State Energy Office. “Over the next 24 months, we do see roughly another 2 percent towards our goal.”

Glick’s office publishes a list of its Top 40 energy projects, which include solar photovoltaic, hydroelectric, biofuel, wind and geothermal. It updates the list quarterly and last changed it in October.

Glick is counting on legislators, who convene in January, to support his office’s programs aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship and developing a better ecosystem to foster more clean-energy development.

“We are trying to provide additional tools to make really large quantities of cheap credit available to pay for infrastructure improvements in energy efficiency and clean energy,” he said. “I see 2013 as a crucial year, a very important year to continue to build momentum.”

Read more in the Pacific Business Times.

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