four people at bill signing

UH Sustainability Coordinator Matt Lynch, Public Policy Center Associate Director Sharon Moriwaki, Gov. David Ige and Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute Director Richard Rocheleau at the bill signing on June 8, 2015.

Gov. David Ige has signed into law four energy bills, including one that sets a goal for the University of Hawaiʻi to produce as much energy from renewable sources as it consumes across all 10 campuses, or to become net-zero, by 2035.

The University of Hawaiʻi’s energy efficiency efforts fit within a new statewide goal. Another bill signed into law today makes Hawaiʻi the first state in the nation to set a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard for the electricity sector by 2045.

The legislation requiring UH to become net-zero directs the university to establish a benchmark for the amount and value of energy consumed during the 2014–2015 fiscal year, then to measure its progress toward the net-zero goal. The university is also required to submit an annual report on its progress to the legislature.

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  1. Concerning: “Gov. David Ige has signed into law four energy bills, including one that sets a goal for the University of Hawaiʻi to produce as much energy from renewable sources as it consumes across all 10 campuses, or to become net-zero, by 2035.”

    Does this really mean “energy” or just electricity. The University uses a considerable amount of gasoline and diesel as well as electricity. About half of the energy consumed in Hawaii is used for transportation, but there seems to be little concern for replacing the fossil fuel used for planes, shipping, and trucking, which are responsible for keeping our economy running.

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