Kauai utility on track to meet renewable energy goal

Kauai utility on track to meet renewable energy goal

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/

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