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Renewable Energy Development

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The State of Hawaii has established ambitious renewable energy goals with the passing of HB623, a bill requiring 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045.  Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are also moving forward with strong energy initiatives in attempt to reduce high electrical costs.  

While energy development is necessary to meet the needs of the public, it can also have localized negative impacts on our federally listed species and designated critical habitat, as well as other trust resources under our jurisdiction. Over the past several years, we have worked with State partners and other stakeholders to develop conservation strategies and best management practices for energy development in the Pacific Islands. Our biologists can provide technical assistance regarding how to avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats through appropriate project siting, design, construction and operation. We recommend early consultation by project proponents and agencies.

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