Senate passes undersea cable bill, backs away from Big Wind

Hawai‘i moved closer Tuesday to the creation of an interisland electric grid that would be capable of transmitting renewable energy between islands.

A system of undersea cables is a top priority of Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state officials who see it as critical for achieving Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a measure that would help undersea cable companies attract financing for laying cables between the islands.

Senate Bill 2785 will now be debated in the House. It passed with 23 senators voting in favor of it and one opposed. Eight senators who voted yes did so with reservations.


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