Jennifer Potter, Commissioner
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
For someone trying to decide whether to attend this conference for the first time in 2019, who would benefit by attending?
Anyone involved in thinking about or transforming the energy evolution should attend. This includes policymakers, utility practitioners, academics, technology vendors, and third-party energy market players. This conference is not only a place to hear about innovation in Hawaii and other states, but it is a venue where your ideas can be heard by professionals working on similar challenges. Hawaii continues to be a leader in DER integration and is positioned to be a leader in utility scale renewable projects in the next five years. We are working on regulatory reform, DR markets, microgrid initiatives, integrated grid planning (T & D & BTM), resilience, and climate change initiatives (across local and state governments). This conference is a place for innovation and collaboration. We share ideas and embrace new ideas.
What moment do you remember most vividly from a prior year of the conference?
The Keynote Address has always been a highlight of this conference. The experts that are brought to the conference provide insight on critically relevant topics that apply to a global audience, not just Hawaii. For example, in 2017, a Key Note addressed how to create healthy and resilient communities. Another speaker discussed the importance of scientific integrity during uncertain times. The scope of these topics applies to every state and country in the world.