Hawaii vows to more than double energy savings

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii wants to more than double the energy it saves over the next two years by retrofitting government buildings with new lighting, air conditioning and other energy saving equipment.

The state plans to pay for the $300 million upgrade with money it saves by reducing energy use. Airports, jails and university buildings are among those that could be retrofitted.

Hawaii announced the plan Wednesday at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago.

The state already saves 48.5 kilowatt hours of energy a year with energy-saving equipment.

The State Energy Office says the retrofitting should directly and indirectly create more than 5,000 jobs for engineers, equipment installers and other workers.

The public safety and transportation departments are participating in the plan along with Kauai County and several Honolulu agencies.

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