The Hawaii Energy Conference (HEC)) brings together experts on energy policy, strategies, leadership and innovation. Energy industry leaders from Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Japan and Europe exchange ideas on how to better serve the community in today’s rapidly changing power generation and delivery environment.
The first conference was held in 2014 to explore the challenges and opportunities in our nation’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Participation has grown from 281 participants the first year to 413 in 2019. In 2020 the conference went virtual due to COVID-19 extending our reach and increasing attendance to 649.
The 9th Hawaii Energy Conference will be virtual, scheduled for 10 & 12 May with more details to follow on theme and program.
This event is presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.
Past Conference Topics
2021 | The Energy Transition in Hawaii: Focus on investments in people and projects
2020 | Imagining a Just Recovery. What would that look like for the grid? (Virtual)
2019 | Innovation in Practice
2018 | Decarbonization: A Business Opportunity for Innovative Communities
2017 | All Things Energy: Pursuing New Opportunities for Electricity and Beyond
2016 | 100% Renewable Energy in Hawaii: It’s No Longer A Matter of When
2015 | A Focus on the Customer
2014 | Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be
Meet the 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
Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1982 with a mission to diversify Maui County’s economy, building pathways to innovation, jobs and opportunity for our residents. Through partnerships with the public and private sector, MEDB undertakes projects that assists growth industries with navigating and thriving in our county, educates and trains residents for new careers, and engages our community in forums that determine future economic directions.