US state of Hawaii goes green on power, to set up two mega wind farms

June 29, 2010

The US island state of Hawaii plans to meet up to 40 per cent of its peak projected power demand of 2000 MW by harnessing cleaner resources such as wind and solar. Located thousands of kilometers away from the western coasts of the US mainland, the island state burns liquid fuel to meet its power requirement.

As the first step towards reducing dependence on fossil fuel, Hawaii is now preparing a legal and constitutional framework – referred as Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – for inviting private investment in setting up two mega-sized wind power farms (of 200 MW each) at two of the less inhabited islands.

Hawaii also plans to enhance the availability of power substantially by way of energy savings at the consumption end. In a parallel initiative, the state plans to popularise the use of electric driven vehicles.

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