• Open the renewable playing field

    Hawaii’s law protects the small, select group of current renewable energy devices including wind, solar and bioenergy. As time passes, newer renewable technologies move from their development phase to their commercial stage. Unfortunately, our state’s statutory provisions don’t protect open, feasible economic paths for these new devices. Wave energy, produced by Wave Energy Converters (WEC), top the list of devices needing updated statutory recognition and assistance. Our own Kaneohe Bay houses the Navy’s Wave Energy Testing Site, where cutting-edge experiments use ocean waves to generate electricity. Multiple prototypes that originate from around the world and that capture mechanical energy from waves are continuously tested and tweaked here. As these advancements…