Ige: LNG use would distract from cleaner energy

Ige: LNG use would distract from cleaner energy

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii governor says he opposes the use of liquefied natural gas to generate electricity.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Gov. David Ige said Monday that utilities' plans to use LNG would only delay the state's switch to renewable energy.

He said money spent on LNG would mean money not spent on renewable energy. Ige signed a law in June that set a goal for Hawaii to have 100 percent renewable electric power generation by 2045.

The governor's comments came during a three-day conference on energy strategies called the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo.

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii Gas said last year they planned to import more LNG because it would be cheaper and cleaner than burning oil.

Both companies said they remain committed to those plans despite Ige's comments.

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