State receives low grade for energy independence

HONOLULU (AP) - A nonprofit organization that advocates for renewable energy says Hawaii gets a C- for its overall progress toward energy independence.

The Blue Planet Foundation's 2013 Energy Report Card being released Tuesday gives Hawaii a B for energy efficiency. The report card notes the state has done a good job reducing energy consumption per capita.

Hawaii gets a B- for renewable energy, as more people have installed solar panels and several new wind farms have been built.

But the state's transportation and smart grid efforts both get Ds.

Blue Planet says Hawaii's average vehicle mileage is little changed from two decades ago at about 20 miles per gallon.

And only Kauai has installed smart meters on a large scale.

Blue Planet Foundation says it plans to update the report card annually.

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