BY FRED HEMMINGS – Geothermal energy is clean, safe and abundant and is firm capacity.
Wind and solar are great but not firm capacity. Geo thermal could energize the entire big isle with enough energy left over to also create another form of energy to be exported.
Our citizens pay the highest prices at about 34 cents a KWH for electricity. The National average last I checked was 10-12 cents.
Geothermal if support and not hindered by needless fees and red tape could dramatically reduce the cost of energy on the Big Isle. If you want to clean the environment, help the poor,reduce costs of living such as the punitive energy costs please support geothermal energy.
Hawaii has the most potential for renewable energy and yet we are 90 plus percent dependent on fossil fuels. Ironically,Hawaii is one of the biggest per capita polluting states thanks in part to the environmental extremists who have in the past opposed geo thermal.
There have been erroneous claims that geothermal is fracking. Geothermal is not fracking.
It is important to note that New Zealand get about 10 % of their nations energy cleanly and inexpensively from geo thermal., Our one 30 MW well at Puna has been operating for years despite the mindless opposition to it in the eighties.
It has produced clean efficient energy for all these years.
Yet unfounded opposition continues.
The just say NO syndrome where the loudest and sometime most misinformed minority rules the day has thwarted many beneficial programs for Hawaii such as the Super Ferry and Geothermal. Please join me and reasonable people in supporting much need energy diversity including geo thermal.
Fred Hemmings is a former state senator, energy expert and world champion surfer who lives in Kailua, Hawaii.