The 9th Annual Hawaii Energy Conference revisits 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.  

A study by Princeton University predicts 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 declares 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.  

Join us at the Hawaii Energy Conference for a two-day discussion that will review 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

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..

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

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