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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hawaii energy use cut 5.8 percent last fiscal year

Advertiser Staff

HONOLULU ó The state says its electricity consumption dropped 5.8 percent in the fiscal year ended last June because of increased efforts to conserve energy.

Most of Hawaiiís power comes from imported oil, so the decrease helps the islands reduce its consumption on fossil fuels.
Gov. Linda Lingle said Tuesday the drop moves Hawaii closer to her goal of having the state obtain 70 percent of energy from clean sources by 2030.
The drop doesnít reflect the energy savings the state may be gaining by closing offices and schools on furlough days.
Thatís because furloughs didnít begin until the current fiscal year.
The state has also been installing solar and wind power at different facilities to increase its use of clean energy.