While Hawaii has made some progress in diversifying its energy sector, it’s still the most oil-reliant state in the U.S., according to new statistics from the Hawaii State Energy Office.
The annual, 43-page report released Thursday is full of graphs and numbers meant to quantify the state’s progress on its clean energy goals. A 2015 law required 100% of electricity needs to come from renewable resources.
The state still has much work to do before it accomplishes that goal.
In 2018, About 84% of Hawaii’s energy needs depended on petroleum. That’s down from 90% in 2003, according to the report.
“As the only state still primarily reliant on oil-fired electrical generation, and with a significant demand for jet fuel, Hawaii depends more on petroleum for its energy needs than does any other state,” the report says.
Petroleum also accounts for 60% of Hawaii’s imports.
And in 2019, the majority of imported crude oil came from Libya (57%) followed by Russia (34%) South Sudan (5%) and Argentina (4%).
Air transportation accounts for a third of Hawaii’s oil usage, followed closely by ground transportation and electric power generation.
Last year, fossil fuels accounted for 75% of electric production in the state while renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and biomass, only accounted for about 20%.
Meanwhile, the average electricity prices in Hawaii are more than twice the national average, and appear to have nearly doubled since 2001.
Much of the data provided in the new issue of “Hawaii’s Energy Facts and Figures” comes from 2019 or years prior. Data from 2020, including analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the energy sector, should be available in next year’s report, according to a press release.
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.
Quality journalism takes time.
A story that takes fives minutes to read often takes days to report.
Quality journalism takes time and resources to produce, but with support from readers like you, Civil Beat can investigate issues and publish stories that are otherwise difficult to fund.
Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell