By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
HONOLULU (AP) - Driven by high fuel prices and a goal to use only renewable energy in Hawaii by 2045, state lawmakers are pushing a bill to help a local business produce clean fuel.
State lawmakers considered a bill Thursday to allow the state to issue $30 million in bonds to a company to produce renewable energy on Maui. The money would help Hawaii Renewable Resources grow energy crops and build a facility to make renewable natural gas.
Animal waste and energy crops such as grasses can be turned into renewable natural gas, which can be a sustainable alternative to traditional gasoline for cars and trucks.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says more than 80 percent of Hawaii's energy comes from petroleum, making it the most petroleum-dependent state in the nation.