For now, we’ll simply direct you to the Governor’s website for most of the details. However, the statement that jumped out to us was the agreement among the parties to prevent the growth of fossil fuel generation on the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric -- Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island. (Negotiations are underway with independently owned Kauai Electric to bring that utility into general agreement.)
There will be no future net gain in megawatts generated by burning fossil fuel, according to the Governor and HECO representatives. That alone seems like a major advancement in the effort to reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuel. If for whatever reason a new fossil fuel plant must be built, a like amount of carbon-based generation in an old plant will have to be taken down. That's how it sounded, at any rate; we'll have to review the video to get the exact quote. In addition, the overall agreement includes a prohibition on the construction of new coal plants in the state.
But there’s plenty more:
• A commitment to integrate as much as 1100 megawatts of additional renewable energy on the HECO companies’ grids, with 700 MW to be implemented within five years.
• Construction of an undersea cable connecting Maui, Molokai and Lanai into one electrical grid to allow integration of 400 MW of wind power generated in Maui County for transmission to Oahu.
• Changes in how HECO is compensated by moving away from a business model that places reliance on increased electric rates.
And the list goes on, but we'll have to leave it there until tomorrow.