Why Hawaii Needs an Alternative to Petroleum
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In 2011, Hawaii imported 93% of its energy and, in 2013, the state had the highest electricity prices in the nation.
46.3 million barrels of petroleum were imported for Hawaii's total energy use over the past year.
11.3 million barrels of petroleum were burned by the Hawaii utilities last year to make electricity.
Petroleum-fired power plants supply about three-fourths of Hawaii's electricity generation. Renewable sources, mainly wind, biomass, and geothermal generators, supply another one-tenth of the state's electricity, with coal supplying most of the rest. Hawaii's islands have six separate electricity grids that are not connected by undersea electric transmission cables. Each island must generate power for its own needs. The state is encouraging private initiatives to interconnect the island grids for more efficient power generation and increased development of renewable energy resources.
The heavy dependence on imported petroleum and the isolated grids give Hawaii the highest retail electricity prices of any state in the nation. Hawaii's electricity demand is among the lowest in the nation, both in total amount consumed and in per capita consumption. About 3 in 10 Hawaiian households use electricity as their primary energy source for home heating, but, with the mild tropical climate, heating is rarely needed, and nearly two-thirds of households have no heating system at all.
A 1998 biodiesel lifecycle study, jointly sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture, concluded biodiesel reduces net CO2 emission by 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel. This is due to biodiesel’s closed carbon cycle. The CO2 released into the atmosphere when biodiesel is burned is recycled by growing plants, which are later processed into fuel.