Can Abercrombie's Oil Refinery Task Force Accomplish Its Goal?

Keoki Kalani/Special to Civil Beat

With Hawaii facing the prospect of losing both its oil refineries, Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued an executive order this week creating the Refinery Task Force.

The 29-member group, comprised of oil company and utility representatives, government officials, union leaders and clean energy advocates, will assess the potential impacts the closures could have on Hawaii’s energy security and ability to obtain affordable fuel supplies.

But the task force's size and diverse makeup could impact its ability to be effective.

“Because it’s all-inclusive, when it comes to recommendations it could be a tough job because there are different sorts of interests and so there will be different opinions,” said Kang Wu, a senior advisor at Honolulu-based Facts Global Energy, a consulting firm.

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