Posted September 11, 2016
Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and without oil and natural gas resources of its own, Hawaii must import virtually all of the energy it uses – 91 percent of it in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Click on the thumbnail to open a two-page energy infographic for the Aloha State
The state uses more jet fuel than any other energy source – understandable give its distance from the mainland. Meanwhile, 70 percent of the state’s net electricity generation in 2015 was fueled by petroleum liquids
All of the above help explain why Hawaii paid the highest prices for electricity – 26.46 cents per kilowatthour in June 2015, according to EIA (national average 10.64 cents/kWh). Thus, some suggest importing natural gas from the mainland. Joseph Boivin Jr. of Hawaii Gas:
“We want to bring larger scale natural gas to the islands. … As we move forward in Hawaii with our renewal energy programs, we need to have firm power. We will have natural disasters. We need to have a mixture of fuel sources because that’s how a community is probably the safest.”
Natural gas imports could be a future option. Because of America’s energy renaissance, the U.S. leads the world in oil and gas production, with available and affordable natural gas playing a big role in cutting energy costs for consumers in other states.
To continue this renaissance, pro-development policies are needed to ensure access to domestic reserves and to foster investments in safe development. See the chart on Page 2 of the infographic for a comparison of the benefits of a pro-energy path vs. the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.
Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Hawaii and all the 50 states of energy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.