The state Department of Health has proposed new rules requiring that Hawaii’s top 24 carbon polluters cut their global warming emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Heading the list, Hawaiian Electric Co. [HECO]’s Kahe plant released more than 4,500,000 tons of CO2 in 2010. Next came HECO’s Waiau plant and the AES coal-burning power plant on the Big Island. Also in the top 10 are Maui Electric Company’s Maalea plant, HECO’s Campbell and Honolulu plants and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. Other top culprits include the Tesoro and Chevron refineries.
“The carbon pollution that these new rules cut is largely generated by expensive fossil fuel imported from thousands of miles away. We have homegrown solutions–solar, wind, geothermal and others–that can do the job better, cleaner and cheaper over the long term,” says Jeff Mikulina, executive director of Blue Planet Foundation.
Landfills, headed by Waimanalo Gulch, are among the top emitters. Although the city’s H-Power plant was the 12th highest polluter, it is not included in the proposed rules. A public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 in the AAFES Building, 919 Ala Moana Blvd.