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Hawaii receives its last shipment of coal before closing the last power plant

By Zoe Sottile, CNN

On Wednesday, Hawaii received its last shipment of coal before shutting down its last operating coal plant.

Governor David Ige called the final delivery “a big step forward in Hawaii’s transition to clean energy.” on Twitter.

“In its day, coal was an important resource for Hawai’i and I want to thank the workers who ran our last coal plant.”

“Renewable energy projects for replace coal are coming online with more on the way,” Ige wrote. “Even though we face challenges making this transition, it is the right decision for our communities and our planet. More importantly, it will leave Hawaiʻi a better place for our children and grandchildren.

The shipment came from Indonesia, according to CNN affiliate KHNL. The plant was built by AES Company in the 1980s and provides electricity to tens of thousands of homes on Oahu, KHNL reported.

While it’s unclear what will happen to the plant itself, AES said it would offer jobs in its solar, wind and battery storage projects to the remaining 40 employees at the coal-fired plant.

In 2015, Governor Ige signed a bill setting a goal for Hawaii state utilities to generate 100% of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045, according to a press release from his office.

The state has been a leader in researching renewable energy sources like solar power: the capital Honolulu has the highest solar capacity per person, according to an April report.

And in 2020, the state signed Senate Bill 2629 in the law, which prohibits utilities from adding new coal plants or extending existing agreements with coal-burning facilities after 2022.

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