A new draft report outlines the state’s strategy as COVID-19 accelerates the crisis.
States banning coal — including Hawaii — had mostly already committed to reducing carbon emissions.
As coal plants retire, they leave behind power lines and grid connections that can be a big asset to renewable developers.
The coronavirus pandemic has hammered healthcare systems for rural populations already struggling with the loss of coal jobs and health coverage.
As the long-shrinking coal industry hemorrhages jobs, states and local groups are seeking new ways to transition to a lower-carbon economy without leaving coal workers behind.