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Make it once, make it right

The above mantra of our company speaks directly to our unrelenting focus on quality. With this goal in mind, we have proudly served Hawaii since 1985. Because of this rich history, we bring extensive experience to the job with a staff that’s like family.

The Cost of Energy

petrodollarLet’s face it, energy on Hawai’i is expensive. It costs three times the national average to power a home here, and we import more energy than anywhere else in the United States. This is in part because we don’t use coal to generate electricity, which is currently a much cheaper power source.  So this leads to our heavy demand on fuel oil to produce electricity – a practice which comes from a time when the cost of purchasing and transporting oil was relatively low.

However, times have changed and despite the drawbacks, we have quickly become an oil-based economy.  We utilize imported oil for most of our power and all of our transportation. The increase in the price of a barrel of crude oil has in turn impacted the price for electricity, airline tickets, shipping, and gas for our cars.

To complicate matters, our electric grid was developed based on resources and information which were available at a very different point in time than we find ourselves today. Hawai’i currently has several electric systems which are relatively small by industry standards, making them more expensive to operate due to inequities in the economies of scale. Furthermore, the systems are separate for each island, making surplus, reserves and supplemental projects much more complicated.

Each island has to provision and manage energy sources and collaboration is nearly impossible. The impact of these economic factors goes beyond our elevated cost of living; it also affects the cost of acquiring goods and doing business in Hawai’i. The cost of electricity will also continue to rise in order to offset expenses incurred by electric systems as they invest in upgrades, improvements and maintenance to facilities which predominantly support our consumption of oil.

This means that major changes to the grid must occur in order for Hawai’i to be able to keep up with demand at a price we can all live with. That’s why lowering demand through alternative, renewable, clean and efficient sources is so important. Fortunately, Hawai’i is abundant in renewable energy sources which have the ability to provide significant relief from oil dependence.

Sun, wind, sea and land energy is abundant, accessible and can be harnessed in many ways. In fact, Hawai’i was the first state in the nation to obtain grid parity (a point when the price of renewable energy becomes the same or less than the price of grid power) with photovoltaic and we are one of the largest users of solar energy in the country today. Next week we will explore these alternative sources of energy and how they can help make Hawai’i the greenest state in the Nation.