The Energy Transition in Hawaii: Focus on investments in people and projects

There are many ways to invest in the future of energy in Hawaii. It will take creativity and hard work from project developers; the community, including indigenous groups; regulators; and energy service providers to come up with projects that are acceptable for all concerned. Building trust and respect between stakeholders within the context of equitable community development will be a key metric of success. Any viable project will require substantial amounts of financial capital and an adequate return on investment. The skill development and job creation that results must take us towards a new energy economy. Every community faces similar challenges – how can we invest in people while designing energy projects that are financially viable, resilient, and enhance job skills?

The 8th Annual Hawaii Energy Conference was held virtually 22 and 24 June exploring how to invest with knowledge and respect in Hawaii.

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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

TUESDAY
JUNE 22 

E KOMO MAI (WELCOME)

KEYNOTE | CREATING TRANSFORMATIVE & INCLUSIVE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS
Suleman Khan, CEO, Swell Energy

PANEL | INVESTING RESPECTFULLY IN HAWAII

PANEL | DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES: CLEAN, AFFORDABLE, AND RESILIENT POWER FOR A CARBON-FREE ENERGY FUTURE

PANEL | HOW WILL ESG AFFECT ENERGY INVESTMENT IN HAWAII?

INTERVIEW | PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONER JENNIFER POTTER

PANEL | POSSIBLE FEDERAL DECARBONIZATION STANDARDS – HOW COULD THAT CHANGE POLICIES, PLANS, RULES, AND REGULATION IN HAWAII? – Sponsored by Hawaiian Electric

SPOTLIGHT TALK | INVESTING IN EVs – Sponsored by Ulupono Initiative

 

THURSDAY | JUNE 24

THURSDAY
JUNE 24

WELCOME TO DAY TWO

INVITED TALK | STOP OVERPAYING FOR SOLAR: AND OTHER PATHWAYS TO AFFORDABLE BILLS
Mark Toney, Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

HAWAII’S INCLUSIVE ENERGY TRANSITION

COMMUNITY INSIGHTS: DIFFERENT VIEWS, SIMILAR GOALS

SPOTLIGHT TALK | HYDROGEN

PANEL | CARBON PRICING

INTERVIEW WITH DAWN LIPPERT, ELEMENTAL EXCELERATOR

PANEL | HOW TO MEASURE THE ENERGY BURDEN AND DESIGNING PROGRAMS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY POST-COVID

PANEL | DEPLOYING UTILITY-SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS ACROSS THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: HIGHLIGHTS AND COMPARISONS FROM INDIVIDUAL ISLANDS

CONFERENCE CLOSING


Meet the 2021 Program Committee

Caroline Carl |  Deputy Director, Hawaii Energy
Colton Ching | Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric
Frank De Rego Jr. | Vice 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
Jonathan Koehn | Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer, City of Boulder
Doug McLeod | Chair, Conference Program Committee; 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


Sponsors of the 2021 Hawaii Energy Conference

 

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