David Ige in 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Energy & Oil: 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045

In addition to HI Growth, the state has undertaken other initiatives that utilize innovation to grow the bottom line. A good example is Hawaii's Clean Energy Mandate. Our goal of generating 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045 is good for both our economy and the environment.

The mandate has stimulated demand for clean tech innovations, many of them running through our Hawaii Energy Excelerator. Together, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, currently obtains 25 percent of our electricity from renewable sources. On Kauai the figure is 40 percent. With 65 renewable energy projects across the state, we are on schedule to meet our 2020 target for increasing renewable energy use. Earlier this month, the state's largest operating solar facility in Waianae successfully placed 28 megawatts into commercial operation. On Kauai, the nation's first closed-loop, bio-mass to electricity plant began operations near Koloa, fueled by albizia and eucalyptus trees.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 23, 2017

On Free Trade: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation

What sets Hawaii apart from the rest of the world is that we have the ingenuity, the determination and the heart--values from our island culture--that built this great state. Let me remind you about where we all came from: About how our great grandparents took a far-flung, Pacific outpost and transformed it into the leading provider of sugar in the world, through innovation, new technology and hard work; and how they did the same with pine.

For those old enough to have worked summers in the cannery as teens, you may remember, like I do, the Ginaca machines that could peel and core a pineapple in seconds. That technology allowed Hawaii to completely dominate global markets and transformed the industry. We did not wait for someone to show us how to grow and harvest sugar and pineapple better. We did it ourselves by being innovative and entrepreneurial. As we know, global competition eventually contributed to both of their demise [so Hawaii switched to tourism]

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 23, 2017

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