Hawaii’s energy future to be discussed at 2016 Maui Energy Conference
KAHULUI – The 2016 Maui Energy Conference on March 16-18 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center will bring together some of the best minds in the energy sector from Maui County, the state and the nation.
“The focus of discussion will be Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard and its implications for Hawaii’s energy future,” remarked Frank De Rego Jr., director of business development projects at Maui Economic Development Board and a member of the conference program committee.
“The strengths of the conference over the years have been the high quality of its speakers and panelists, the ample time to network, and the availability of the videotaped panel sessions to the general public at the conclusion of the conference on the conference website.”
Program Committee Chair Doug McLeod of DKK Energy Services LLC added, “We are talking about ‘everything but when.’ Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard tells us when to achieve 100 percent renewables (by 2045). This conference looks at all the other questions; how, where, why and who pays are just a few of the obvious issues. Within ‘how’ and ‘why’ are important sub-questions about fairness and respect for Hawaiian culture and the environment.”
“We have all benefitted from having Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office administrator, on the Program Committee this year. He joins returning members Bash Nola, Colton Ching, Jay Griffin, Jonathan Koehn, Holly Benz and Frank De Rego as we work on a thought-provoking discussion for March,” he continued.
“Finally, the County of Maui’s energy consultant, Guernsey, has been invited to present their recommendation with regard to ownership of the electric utility on Maui.”
The Program Committee is excited to have Utility Dive participate in the conference planning this year. The Utility Dive panel will look at lessons that utilities on the Mainland can draw from the Hawaii experience with perspectives from a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission commissioner, Hawaii’s State Energy Office, and Hawaiian Electric Company.
Professionals in the energy industry as well as individuals with an interest in energy will find the three-day professional conference compelling.
Conference program highlights include eight sessions with topics that include: Defining 100% Renewables; Community Acceptance of 100% Renewables; The Social Impacts of Pursuing a 100% Renewable Future; Educating Toward 100% Renewable Energy; Investing in Hawaii; The Hawaii Renewable Experience – What Can Be Replicated; Integration of Distributed Energy Resources; and Maui: A Case Study – Is This Where We’re All Headed?
The exhibition piece of the conference gives networking opportunities to participants who want to generate business, or connect and collaborate to address common issues and concerns.
The conference’s third day will move outdoors with two optional Maui Sustainability Mobile Workshops.
A discounted registration rate – a savings of $100 – is available for the month of January only. For information on how to register and other details, visit mauienergyconference.com.