A look into Hawaii’s changing energy landscape

been set for Hawaii's electric companies to give up fossil fuels. This past week the legislature passed a bill that will change the islands' energy landscape over the next 30 years. KITV 4's Paul Drewes takes a look. solar file Hawaii's energy future is brighter, when it comes to renewable resources. 6:09 "30 years from now oahu and Hawaii is going to look a lot different that today. We are going to have a diversified portfolio of energy" show power plant Currently just under 80% of electricity is generated by oil or coal powered plants, but fossil fuels will be out by the year 2045. So wind, ocean water and solar are expected to be some of the big energy producers, especially as new, more efficient storage batteries come out. solar installations Thousands of homeowners have already gone green, putting up Photovoltic panels .

But every house won't need solar in order for the state to reach its goal. graphic goes here That is because just over 1/4 of the electricity is generated for residential use. Most of the power goes to businesses. solar farm file So what you will see are more solar farms. Eight big ones are planned for Oahu alone, covering hundreds of acres that could also generate hundreds of megawatts of power. show UH file If you're wondering how the state will reach its fossil fuel independence, take a look at the University of Hawaii. Which will have zero-out its electric bill in just 20 years. use smart switches from friday pkg So it has started making its campuses more energy efficient with new technology, and is now looking at alternative energy sources. Dan@19:58-20:07 "all the alt , solar, wind every possibility that is out there we're exploring we're adopting" show gartley hall pkg As old buildings are renovated, new technologies are being put in. But the school want more than just its structures to go green 22:42 we want to train the leaders of tomorrow in that technology, researchers are looking at green technology.

we have started up degree programs where that is the discipline – green technology and finding these renewable sources Lawmakers believe the University of Hawaii could save 40 million a year in power costs once it zeroes out its electric bill. They feel the state will get even more with its ambitious plan: creating local jobs in the renewable resource field and a break for residents on their power bill. 17:20 "this is the biggest thing we can do to save the most money for consumers" Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. Under the bill, utilities will NOT have to reach the 100 percent renewable resource goal if it will end up costing consumers much more than fossil fuels..