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January 13, 2011

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With a biodiesel plant projected to be completed within three years on the Big Island, more wind power on its way, cold water power service coming from deep in the ocean, and electric cars arriving this month, could Hawaii possibly be at the forefront of an energy revolution?

Hawaii really could be the ultimate petri dish to see how some of these projects work. For example, electric cars make sense here, for even if people are worried about battery power, you really can't drive too far without getting to your destination on most islands, and with chargers strategically placed, Hawaii may become the ultimate test site. As for wind power, some see the churning arms as an eyesore; others see them as rhythmic reapers of mother's nature natural abundance of fast-moving air. Let's hope the business model makes sense for this not-so-new energy-maker and energy-saver.

The vast sums of money it takes to bring chilled water to the masses on an economical basis could be tested here, while the biodiesel plant is well on its way to groundbreaking at this time next year with plant completion scheduled for late 2013, according to a report last week. All in all, exciting times on the energy front locally, and where there's a will, there appears to now be a number of ways, especially when there is a business plan that goes beyond saying it's the right thing to do for our planet. Think about it…

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