Red State Energy Resilience in Hawaii
Energy undergirds our economy. Having abundant low cost energy means there is the extra capacity available to attract new industries and job growth. It means lower fixed cost for individuals and families leaving more money to spend on other things. It means greater freedom to chart out State’s course of action in the turbulent world around us.
The antithesis of this is a State government that defends and supports high energy cost like the Blue State of Hawaii does.
The only reason this would make sense is the baggage that goes with the ideological blindness behind global “climate change”. Aside from the “carbon credit” argument seeking to undercut Hawaii visitor industry the idea that the energy use of little Hawaii would have a global impact one way or another is laughable.
Red Sate Values in energy production would mean what cost the least and delivers the best long term impact for the people is the criteria for making decisions. There are good and bad issues with the low energy – material intensive use of wind, solar and battery storage. There are good and bad issues with high energy – lower material use of oil, gas or nuclear power.
But a Red State would not lock its citizens into a path that impoverishes them for nebulous and highly politically charged reasons.
NextEra Energy Debacle
Hawaii state government abandoned the chance to lower energy cost and increase the take home pay on Hawaii’s families by losing the opportunity for NextEra to buy Hawaiian Electric Company. NextEra would have brought in much needed capitol and greater depth of expertise to deal with Oahu overworked and under-powered energy grid.
But, most alarming was the lost chance to convert Oahu’s oil fired power plants to natural gas which could have saved over One Hundred and Thirty Two Million Dollars annually and increased Oahu’s energy resilience and security.
Artificially high electrical cost are placed directly on the backs of business and residence and could this be for ideological reasons not financial?
Such a savings would have sent a ripple through Hawaii’s economy giving a break to both residential and business customers alike.
It would have lowered the operating cost of local business giving them greater flexibility to hold down or lower cost.
Abundant energy supply at lower cost is a key factor in job growth and income.
In Hawaii’s two legged economy (military and tourism) lower energy cost could well have been a major factor in generating new industries and technological innovation for our state.
is sort of roadblock to common sense innovation has to stop to help Hawaii stay prosperous and competitive in the 21st Century.