The 9th Annual Hawaii Energy Conference revisited the challenges of electrifying the grid and transportation – current successes, potential pitfalls, and future opportunities.  

There is no doubt that the push to Electrification will affect our way of life.  

study by Princeton University predicted that by 2050 electrifying transport and buildings could double the amount of electricity consumption in the U.S. Amy Myers Jaffe, a research professor at Tuft’s University, boldly declared in the Wall Street Journal, “The electrification of (almost) everything is coming, and we’re just not ready for it.”

Our communities will need to develop disciplined, proportional responses to the challenges Electrification poses. Strategies for energy efficiency and the equitable distribution of Electrification’s benefits must balance building capacity for increased consumption.  

The two-day discussion reviewed the issues surrounding electrification with the following thoughts in mind:

  • How do we define “electrification” and is it the same everywhere?
  • How are the community’s needs and concerns being addressed as the infrastructure for electrification become more prevalent?
  • How is resilience being brought into the equation of electrification?
  • What has been and will be the impact of COVID-19 on customers of the utility?
  • What should the climate goals of electrification be – net zero carbon, net negative carbon, or zero emissions?
  • What is the role of energy efficiency in electrification? …and more

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Program at a Glance

TUESDAY | May 10 

7:45 AM HST

Morning Energizer/Meet the Exhibitors

8:00

E KOMO MAI (WELCOME)

8:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

When Tradewinds Blow: Maintaining Course during the Energy Transition
Abigail Anthony
, Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

8:45

PANEL | The Community and Electrification

9:30

SPOTLIGHT TALK | Electrification and Energy Efficiency

9:45

Networking & Refreshment Break (15 min)

10:00

PANEL | Electrification and Transportation
11:30End of Day One

THURSDAY JUNE 24

7:45 AM HST  

Morning Energizer/Meet the Exhibitors

8:00 

WELCOME TO DAY TWO

8:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Amy Meyers Jaffe, Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

8:35

PANEL | Electrification and Carbon: It’s a Math Problem

9:20

SPOTLIGHT TALK | Community Based Renewable Energy and the Path to Electrification

9:40

Networking & Refreshment Break (15 min)

9:55

PANEL | The Role of Electrification in a Climate Resilient Future

10:45

A Conversation with
Shelee Kimura, President & CEO, Hawaiian Electric

11:10

PANEL | Systemic Shocks and the Changing Pace of Electrification

11:50 

CONFERENCE CLOSING
12:00 PMEnd of Day Two

2022 Program Committee

Colton Ching | Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric
Frank De Rego Jr. | Co-Chair, Conference Program Committee; Director of Business Development Projects, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.
Alex De Roode | Energy Commissioner, Office of Economic Development County of Maui
Jacqui Hoover | Co Chair, Conference Program Committee; Executive Director and COO Hawaii Island Economic Development Board (HIEDB); and President Hawaii Leeward Planning
Jonathan Koehn | Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer, City of Boulder
Doug McLeod |Member, DKK Energy Services, LLC
Robert “Rocky” Mould | Executive Director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Tricia Rohlfing | Vice President of Finance, Hawaii Pacific Solar
Maria Tome | Managing Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Hawaii State Energy Office

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