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The Kilauea Eruption Flooded Hawaii’s First Geothermal Plant. What Next?

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Geothermanl plant flooded in HawaiiThis year, Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui topped a closely watched list as the country’s best beach.

But Hawaii also tops another not-so-glamourous list, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration—as the state with the most expensive electricity prices.

But not for long: In 2015, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige signed the country’s first state law mandating 100 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by the year 2045. One such renewable is geothermal. But the very thing that makes geothermal an attractive source of clean energy in Hawaii just shut down the only geothermal power plant in the state—the Kīlauea volcano.

Before the most active volcano in the world started erupting on May 3 in the lower East Rift Zone—smack dab in the middle of a housing subdivision and a scant few miles from the power plant—Puna Geothermal Ventures (PGV), owned by Nevada’s Ormat Technologies, contributed approximately 25 percent of Hawaii Island’s electricity.

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