This story, of course, follows our recent radio show with the main utility co in Hawaii in which we discussed that state's commitment, backed by the utility's willingness to reshape the grid to accommodate this change, to 100% renewables by 2040.
The islands are clearly great targets for a quick transition away from fossil fuel. Clearly they cannot produce it, energy is difficult and dangerous to ship in and the costs is very high. Moving away to clean sources brings fantastic long-term financial gains and helps protect their stunning natural resources. It is very good for their citizen's quality of life and shift to locally produced power.
Islands Poised to Become Renewable Energy Incubators
Christophe Mazurier has long been a vocal and passionate advocate to reverse the harmful trends being seen in climate change. He has done this not only in France and across Europe, but has actually become a true ambassador by traveling around the world advocating for various causes.
One issue that he has been increasingly focused on is that of sustainability. He has recently supported the notion that islands, partly due to their clean and serene environments, can become incubators for renewable energy sources.
A recent CNN report has posted that researchers are increasingly seeing the Caribbean island nations developing a major push to develop more renewable energy sources. They have discovered that much of the region is actually far ahead in this area in comparison to many of the larger and most industrialized nations around the globe.
This puts countries such as the Bahamas and Bermuda above nations such as the United Kingdom and the United States, in terms of developing more sustainable sources of energy moving forward. A call is being issued in these island nations to harness the power of the sun and wind to develop cleaner and more environmentally sustainable sources of energy, and to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels.
Even the French government has supported this new reality in stating that small island nations are working efficiently in terms of becoming laboratories that are well suited to being able to develop possible energy solutions that can be sustainable for future generations.
Mazurier has chimed in to this effect as well, even going so far as to state that these regions are actually ‘preordained’ to develop such renewable sources of energy, primarily because more traditional energy sources are so expensive on such island nations.
Because of their distance from mainland, many islands must rely on developing their own sources of energy, and this is beginning to translate into the generation of a great deal of interest from more industrialized nations who are interesting in learning how to develop such sources of their own.
The hope moving forward is that investments can be made on island nations to drive to develop renewable sources and to come up with ways that can be more easily implemented on a big and global scale. It is likely that Mazurier and other interested parties in climate initiatives will begin to take a sincere interest in making this a reality.