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Hawaii to use wind power to go green by 2030

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Feb 7, 2012 in Environment
Hawaii's government is turning to wind power in order to cut down on pollution. Although the idyllic destination already has great wind resources, the plan is part of a state goal to obtain at least 70 per cent of energy needs from renewable resources.
The intent of this goal is to be met by 2030. To do so, Hawaii will be developing more stable geothermal and biomass power, but wind power will also be relied upon heavily.
As part of the green initiative, Hawaii Electric Co. (HECO) and Honeywell recently launched its first wind power- based pilot.
"Increasing renewable energy requires new and more advanced methods of managing reliability, especially given the variable nature of wind and solar. Our demand response strategy engages our customers in the total solution," said Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric vice president for energy resources. "This project will lay the groundwork for new programs to advance a clean energy future for Hawaii."
One major downturn, however, is the wind's variability, especially within some of the smaller islands, which still depend on diesel powered generators.
But so far, HECO is reportedly offering some major cash incentives to take part in the program, giving $5 per kilowatt for signing up and 50 cents for every kilowatt lost when they are powered down. In turn, both residential and business customers will give over control of their lights, air conditioners, appliances, factory motors and process lines to Honeywell's Tridium smart grid controllers.
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