The remarks from Hawaii Gas President and CEO Alicia Moy follow Gov. David Ige’s statements earlier this week saying that the state does not need LNG as part of its energy future, and instead should be focusing on integrating more renewable energy. In June, Ige enacted a law setting a goal for the state to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. But while the expectation would be a switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG), Hawaii’s government posits that renewable energy like solar and wind power should no longer be thought of as simply an “alternative” supplement but a viable primary source.

Ige said that he is not opposed to the state’s gas utility, Hawaii Gas, using LNG.

The Governor of Hawaii has thrown cold water on plans to import LNG from B.C.

“Any time and money spent on LNG is time and money not not spent on renewable energy”, Ige said.

The company says the new liquefaction and storage facilities will serve LNG-capable B.C. Ferries and supply remote communities in B.C., Alaska and northern Canada.

Because it’s a cleaner fossil fuel, Cox said transitioning to LNG would be the equivalent of taking 49,000 cars off the road. Gov. Ige, however, this week cast those plans into doubt as he told a business conference that the state does not need the liquefied imports. He stated that LNG was to be for our own purposes and not to supply to Hawaiian Electric.

“We are evaluating delivering LNG in (special shipping) containers to our generating stations on a transitional basis, an approach that requires minimal island infrastructure”, he added.

Hawaii Gas wants to build a terminal and import lots of LNG.

“We’re on the same mission”, Cox said. “It is a new era in Hawaii with our 100 percent renewable mandate”.

If Hawaii is able to achieve this goal and set standards, this could pave the way for enhanced renewable energy production in the Continental United States.

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