LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai's electric utility produces 40 percent of its power through renewable sources and is on track to reach its goal of 50 percent by 2023.
The Garden Island reports (http://bit.ly/2anCxTn) the member-owned cooperative's recent annual meeting covered past and current projects.
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative expects new solar arrays and a biomass energy project to help 2016 greenhouse gas emissions fall below 1990 levels.
A project under development could account for 15 percent of island energy.
Chief Financial Officer Karissa Jonas credited renewable energy and lower oil prices with $36 million in customer electricity savings in 2015 compared to the year before.
A planning official said the utility will update its benchmarks under the state's goal for 100 percent renewable energy.
The cooperative serves 33,000 Kauai customers.
Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/