HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Just one week ago, Governor Linda Lingle announced in her State of the State Address plans to make energy a principal issue.
And Monday along with a dozen members of the U.S. Department of Energy, Lingle announced the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
The plan is to make a dramatic change in the states energy dependence on oil, in hopes that within one generation, 70% of all energy in Hawaii will come from renewable sources.
Governor Linda Lingle said, "We have the highest electricity rates and the highest gas prices in the nation. That's not a secure future, it's a problem for us. This is the beginning of an important solution to that problem."
Andy Karsner with the U.S. Department of Energy said, "That it has gone that high compels us to act with a new sense of urgency and with a new accurate reality about what those technologies in their current state and in their future evolutions can continue to deliver."
Political leaders, state regulators, and members of the private sector attended the meeting which focused on a colaborative bypartisan effort to move the state towards an energy independent future.